After completing a Masters in Mathematics and Physics, I presumed I’d go into teaching like my parents but also happened to successfully apply for a job as a software developer at IBM. Then stayed there for 18 years! That was the start of my career as a ‘learn-aholic’.
“In 2010, I was working with pension company ATP to complete a large transformation from the IBM side. When that was about to end, ATP asked me if I wanted to go to the other end of the table and finalise the transformation. So I took off after 18 years at IBM and became the Vice President for IT Development at ATP.
“I made a lot of changes and oversaw a huge transformation in the company. Then when things started to calm and the new processes were working well, that’s when my thirst for learning started pushing for greater challenges. It’s when I started searching for an EMBA. I have this inner drive to always be better.”
Putting the theory into practical use
“I did a wide search to consider where I wanted to study. My criteria included the quality of learning but also the opportunities for network building and a course that’s recognised internationally.
“I liked the idea of doing short assignments based on data from your own company. That way, you put the theory straight into practical use. My company paid for my EMBA so, in a sense, the final assignment is like a gift back to the company in return for their investment in you.
“One of the things that slightly complicated things for me was that I was headhunted and switched companies during the programme. After the first year of the EMBA, I joined Tryg Insurance as Vice President for IT Development. This wasn’t a big hassle and I actually turned it into a positive. Getting data from different departments of Tryg allowed me to expand my network in my new company before I had even started. It was also an opportunity to get into areas of the business that I would never normally have contact with.”