Michael Longaro has almost a decade’s experience working across public and private sectors. He’s led projects for the Government of the District of Columbia in Washington DC. He has specialized knowledge of European political affairs having worked in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Spain.
So, when he joined the full-time MBA program at Spain’s ESADE Business School in 2016, he decided to mix business with politics and launch his own MBA club. He’s now president of ESADE’s Political and Public Affairs Club which is helping graduating students find jobs relating to the public sector – where he himself is considering a career after the MBA.
Since founding the club, he’s organized a trip for students to visit EU institutions in Brussels, and he’s helped bring the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to recruit on campus.
Michael chose ESADE in Barcelona over top-ranked business schools in the US for his MBA – the school’s global focus stood out. The current MBA class is 98% international, composed of 48 different nationalities. The school’s alumni network extends across 118 countries worldwide. The university also boasts Javier Solana, former secretary general of NATO, among its faculty.
Why did you decide to found ESADE's Political and Public Affairs club?
Politics is what makes me tick. I decided to found the club so that students who would like to better understand the intersection of politics and policy with business would have the forum to do so. Moreover, I wanted to help connect MBA students to procure positions often overlooked by business school career service departments.
In our increasingly interconnected world, political events in seemingly faraway places can have an immediate impact on your business. That’s why it’s now essential for MBA students to understand the myriad of ways in which business and government influence and impact one another.
How have you profited from your ESADE MBA experience so far?
Following the MBA, I am looking for relationship management or consulting roles within political risk management, corporate social responsibility, or government relations. I know ESADE will help me achieve my career ambitions by providing me with a solid foundation in business fundamentals, granting me access to a large and supportive alumni network, and helping me to further develop my leadership and management skills.
Working in teams alongside students from vastly different countries has exposed me to new perspectives, ways of working, and communication styles, which makes me confident that I can work in any professional environment following this program.
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at ESADE?
While ESADE’s strong academics, ranking, and reputation, placed it on my list of potential schools, it was its highly international student body, strong commitment to social responsibility, and location in one of Europe’s most important business hubs that moved it to the top.
Additionally, offering the opportunity to study under Javier Solana – former Secretary General of NATO and High Representative of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy – really put ESADE head and shoulders above its competitors.
Why did you choose ESADE over top-ranked business schools in the US?
It’s quite straightforward: few American business schools can match the diverse student body that ESADE provides. As someone who has spent eight years abroad and comes from the public sector, ESADE made me feel right at home.
What should applicants think about when deciding to do an MBA?
Do your research. Make sure that the programs you apply to have programmatic strengths and resources that complement your career goals.
Take the time to talk to professors, current and past students of these schools, and visit the school if you can. You want to be certain that the school environment feels right. An MBA is an investment in your future, so make sure you are investing in the program that is best for you.