“I started my career with Maersk after high school in India, and I’ve worked with them ever since. I’m now in my 15th year, working my way up from nautical officer on the ship to my current role as Global Flow Manager, responsible for the movement of the containers around the globe.
“I had wanted to do an MBA for about the last seven years. My bachelor’s focused on merchant shipping, but I decided that, when it came to executive study, I wanted a broader focus. You might think that as I’m in the shipping industry I’d opt for the Blue MBA but that didn’t feel right. I am already in a leadership role and I want to be able to confidently explore a range of industries so an Executive MBA (EMBA) felt like the right choice.
“It wasn’t until I got the offer of a job in Copenhagen, that the stars aligned and I joined the EMBA cohort starting in September 2020, with my company giving me the time away I needed to attend the classes. We began in the classroom which was great; it’s brilliant to meet like-minded people who are as ambitious as you are – you’re thrown into this programme together and you pick each other up when you need to – that’s how you begin to bond and form this valuable network. It’s inspirational to be with people who challenge you, who come from different industries and who have so much to learn from one another.
“Of course, due to COVID we soon had to move online. That’s been tough as we’ve seen how much benefit there is to creativity and learning by being together in the same space. We’ve made it work, however, and we’re looking forward to coming back together next month, when we’ll have the opportunity to reflect on how things have been going.”
ROI and reflection
“Some of the modules have been a steep learning curve, particular those like finance that I had no experience of before. But I’ve found it really fulfilling to study hard, get good grades for my assignments and then take what I’ve learned back into my workplace and use it in real life. I’m determined to secure a good return on investment, so I’m making sure to apply and practice everything I can.
“And it’s not just learning about business that’s benefitting me. My time at CBS is helping me learn so much about myself too. It’s given me a good chance to consider the future.”