I can’t believe it has been 18 months now, since the first day we met in Milan for the kick-off week. Doing an MBA is a decision that really changed my life in both a personal and a professional way, and I want to share the top 5 things that this program brought me:
Category: "Study in Progress"
Imagine his last two years, riddled with continuous efforts and fatigue due to entire nights spent studying despite the stress of his daily working life, frequent trips to Milan and long weekends invested in attending the lessons. Hours and hours dedicated to never-ending conference calls to prepare for the exams, giving up free time and putting his own feelings to one side.
M is for MIP and, by extension, the entire Politecnico di Milano ecosystem, including the business school, the faculty of engineering, design and architecture, the business incubator and innovation district, with its entire industrial sector connected; it constitutes a seat of excellence and a hope that Italy and Milan increasingly are, and will continue to be, an economic and innovation engine for the country and for the whole of Europe.
An innovation, however, is always influenced by the cultural context in which it is born, by the social forces which contribute towards directing and shaping it. In this sense, rarely have we seen a more powerful cultural amalgam than that which started bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Sixties: a perfect culture for the birth of homemade computers.
The brain, where it all begins…
“Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below”. It is our choices that define what we are, more than our abilities do. This statement from Noam Chomsky, an American linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist, inspired me to read more about the factors that motivate people to act or take decisions. I took the opportunity offered by the i-Flex program, in partnership with the World of Business Ideas, to do more research on this subject by watching several WOBI clips.
It’s no longer news that the Chinese market has become one of the biggest players in the world, with the nation’s economic growth rate at a stable 6.7% in the last 4 years. But why did China scale up so fast in the business landscape?
The “Entrepreneurial mindset” played a key role in that, and this was exactly the topic of the seminar held by Prof. Zhang at MIP – Politecnico di Milano.
Studying abroad is the most effective means for students to develop the necessary skills because it pushes them to get out of their comfort zone and experience another culture, language and education system. It teaches students to appreciate diversity at first hand, enabling them to recognize — and then dismiss — stereotypes they may have held about people they had never met.
When I was asked to share my daily experience of working and studying during this journey, it took me a moment to realize that my daily routine is not a typical one for most people. Now that I’m trying to put my thoughts into words, though, I admit it’s been a tough period. When I decided to apply for the Executive MBA program, I knew it was not going to be an easy task, but I found my motivation in my desire to learn.
Welcome back to the third appointment of our international MBA journey!
The interest in sharing impressions of MIP experiences is continually increasing along with the #growingleader community, so this time I’ve decided to let one of our most international candidates tell us something about the diversity that the Part Time program offers.
Friday, January 19th was not a normal school day for International Full-Time MBA students at MIP. It was our first experience of getting in touch with various companies’ recruiters in a single day and discussing our project work and full-time job opportunities. Even though at MIP we had also been given ample opportunities before, through companies’ corporate presentations and visits to their offices, the Career Day was totally different.