In today’s rapidly advancing business world, new career opportunities are coming up for ambitious, tech-savvy young professionals looking to make an impact.
Enter, current Online MSc International Business student at the University of Birmingham, Roberto Lionti. Currently working as an Intelligent Automation Consultant for Ernst & Young (EY) in Belgium, he’s using Birmingham’s 100%-Online MSc to pursue his passions.
“What truly gets me out of bed to go to work every day is knowing that I’m working on something that will improve the world we live in,” he says.
“The major challenge in my role is to help organizations make the most of disruptive digital technologies in order to increase the value of the work they do, and prevent them from getting left behind in a rapidly evolving world.”
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) confirms Roberto, are at the vanguard of the Fourth Industrial Revolution—a major attraction of his role is being able to combine his experience and studies to ensure companies aren’t lost in the maze of technological advancement.
It was that mentality that led to his pursuit of the Online MSc in International Business at Birmingham Business School—one of a handful of schools to hold the gold standard triple-crown accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Knowing he could ill-afford to take time out of industry and jeopardize his future career prospects, Roberto was drawn to the program’s flexibility.
“I was eager to get out there and earn practical work experience, but still wanted to continue my studies,” he explains.
“An online degree was the perfect way to make the most of my time, because it allowed me to work while studying, and most importantly study when I wanted to study—a distinct advantage over weekend or after work university courses.”
Before landing the job with EY, Roberto completed two internships, also during his studies—one as a strategic purchaser at consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G), and one as a business analyst at Swiss security solutions company SICPA.
And, he explains, the combination of practical experience and continued learning helped him land his current role at EY—the result of not only working hard, but also working “smart”.
“It’s important to be disciplined and to take advantage of the fact that you can work through the course material whenever you want,” he adds.
For the duration of the Online MSc, students learn through video lectures, real-life case studies, and online social interaction with their professors and peers.
Every module contains four live lecture sessions that last over two hours—students connect with their tutors, lecturers, and peers in an interactive, online learning environment—where they can quiz their professors on their current modules as well as deconstructing real-life case studies.
Essentially, students on Birmingham’s Online MSc in International Business have the same education as those who learn in the classroom.
In the interactive classroom, Roberto says he works with people from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, China, the US, and the UK. The online classes and group work, he explains, develop a “camaraderie between the online students” that immerses them in a plethora of cultures and ideas.
For Roberto, having experience communicating with a range of cultures has helped him deal with multiple international clients in the real-world.
“The Online MSc has helped me achieve my goals as it allowed me to earn the theoretical and practical experience I needed to succeed at the start of my career.”