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MBA To A Job In Finance | How An MBA Can Boost Your Career Development

Career development for Giselle De Man was all about building a strong set of soft skills during her MBA. She got a top finance job after graduation

For Brazilian Giselle De Man, the decision to pursue an MBA at Maastricht School of Management (MSM) came down to one thing: career development. After graduating in 2019 with a specialization in International Business and Sustainable Development, she is now thriving in a financial analyst role in the Netherlands.  

With two undergraduate degrees and two postgraduate degrees already under her belt, you might think adding an MBA to the mix wasn’t entirely necessary. But that’s definitely not the case. Giselle was keen to learn more. 

As luck would have it, she met her Dutch husband when she was still living in Brazil and that's how she came to be in Europe. They moved there together and settled in the Netherlands with their new family. That was when Giselle began researching business schools––MSM was top of her list.  

“MSM had the attributes I was looking for in an MBA,” she says. In order to propel her career to an international level she was looking to study alongside a diverse cohort from a myriad of backgrounds in a multicultural environment. 

She now works as a financial analyst at Eurobrakes BV in the Netherlands and interacts with clients and co-workers across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania––coordinating sales from the Netherlands 

Giselle credits the MBA's Career and Personal Development Track (CPDT) for equipping her with the skills she needed to land her current role.  


How the CPDT leads to career development 

The CPDT may be an optional track you can add to your program, but Giselle says it’s one of the most useful offerings MSM provides and recommends it to future MSM students.  

It's designed to develop your soft skills alongside your business know-how. It does this through hosting regular networking events, holistic life balance trainings, and self-development coaching 

“It helps students fit their expectations and direct their drive in the right direction when looking for opportunities,” Giselle says. “In my case, CPDT strengthened my position in my career.” 

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