"It was both enriching and exhilarating."
I joined the first class of The Lisbon MBA International program because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and learn the multiple disciplines of business I was not being directly exposed to in my role at the time. Having an IT background and having worked in a startup for 5 years prior to the MBA, it was both enriching and exhilarating to suddenly be tackling problems around finance, marketing, strategy and operations, while being exposed to such a variety of backgrounds from both my colleagues as well as the faculty, whom I learned a lot from and who I still stay in touch with these days.
The main lasting value that I took from my MBA experience was a strong network of colleagues and alumni who shaped my way of thinking about things, and still do to this day – even if I’m just looking at a problem outside of my direct area of expertise and thinking “what would John do in this case”? And, in several occasions, I can just reach out to them, learn exactly that, and uncover new opportunities in the process. That’s an ongoing life learning experience.