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Interview with Luis Quiceno - alumnus of the MBA Program Global Management

This series of interviews is conducted by current IGC students, featuring IGC alumni. Here, Luis Quiceno, alumnus of the MBA program Global Management, was happy to answer the questions of current IMBA student Mohamad Karneeb. He provide insights into his learning experience at IGC last year, as well as into his career journey after graduation. Read the full interview here.

Why did you select the IGC for your master studies?

Multiple reasons, I am just listing here the most important ones. At IGC you learn from lecturers and classmates from all over the world with a global mindset and different experiences. It is located in Germany, giving you the opportunity to get insights into the national market and be inspired by its success as an economic leader in the EU. The MBA is completely taught in English which tore down the language barriers for me. I also liked the flexibility of the total study program, you could complete your studies and receive your degree within 12 months. Also, the IGC is located in a nice city with affordable living costs for students, and short travel times by train to other important cities such as Hamburg and Hanover, and some countries like the Netherlands.

 

Today you are an alumnus of IGC, would you please tell us how your learning experience was at the Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences?

It was good. I actually met students and professors from Germany, the US, the UK, Latin America, India, Iran, Pakistan, African countries amid others, that enriched the classroom debates as they brought in their different points of view, values and experiences worldwide. In addition, the lectures and the general approach of the master program at IGC, motivated me to spend extra-time on self-study, to dig deeper and do my own research. I have found so far that the content of the MBA has been fully applicable in my global career, that is essential to me.

 

Your journey at the IGC must have had its ups and downs, we are interested in learning about the most valuable advantage you have had, and about the challenges you had to deal with!

There were many advantages in fact, I would name the following:
* Access to extensive and diverse digital literature sources.
* Access to related facilities of other universities such as Uni Bremen, library sport and leisure facilities.
* Free tickets to attend important business fairs, such as the Hanover Fair which brought me into direct contact with companies, recruiters and trends.
* Low cost of the transportation ticket.
* Free German language classes for the initial level.
And concerning challenges - I would say that the beginning of building an effective integration of multiple cultures and backgrounds when performing team work was challenging. All beginnings are hard, you know.

 

Students who are looking to improve their career situation are keen on knowing about the added value that is waiting for them once they graduate from one of the IGC's master programs. From your point of view, where do you see that extra value?

For that, I am going to give you a short and simple answer: In Europe, starting from Germany, companies appreciate and recognize the effort and value of completing an MBA, giving masters more chances to get a job and better salaries, especially if you have obtained your degree according to the German system and standards.

 

Finally, what would you like to pass on to those who are planning to apply for a specialization at one of IGC's various Master study programs? 

Go for the master's degree that matches your studies and experience, and also check the requirements of the job positions you're looking forward to getting into. Job search engines provide you a flavor of actual needs. For sure, this decision will positively change your career journey forever.

 

Interview by Mohamad Karneeb