University of St.Gallen

5.00 / 5
  • Matheo

    Rating: 5 / 5

    I came to St.Gallen’s MBA program for two mains reasons. First, to learn valuable business skills that would make my engineering profile more well rounded and allow me to move into management. Second, to obtain a strong job opportunity in Europe, but ideally in Switzerland. The St.Gallen MBA program is very challenging, but if you commit yourself you can learn a lot. I had little to no business knowledge when I started St.Gallen’s MBA program and just 6 months later I can dive into financial statements, evaluate corporate strategies, perform comprehensive DCF valuations and understand the value creation of different industries. I have no concerns of recouping my investment and making a strong return. The program requires absolute dedication in the form of constantly reading, studying and applying concepts to real world examples. The program encourages students to actively read the financial times (ft) to apply the concepts you learn in class to real world examples. My favorite part of the program is the learning assessment week (LAW) oral examinations. The LAW gives students a business question that they must answer and present to a panel of professionals/professors in 24 hours. It is very stressful and difficult, but you grow tremendously. The LAW taught me how global taxation works with tech companies, how steel manufacturers in the west face increasing pressure from China and how the video game industry is shifting into cloud/mobile gaming. The LAW also taught me to look at the big picture, identify the key business levers and to work under high pressure with colleagues. My 2020 MBA class is ethnically very diverse, but they need to attract more women. My classmates are great colleagues and I am very happy to have friends that are from all over the globe. If I ever decide to work in other parts of the world I know having this diverse group of individuals will help me with that. The only regret that I have is not spending more time with them because the program is very challenging. I wish I could have drank more beers, gone skiing or had more fun events with them. However, I really had to focus on learning the business material. This is a one year intensive MBA program that minimizes opportunity cost and gives you the knowledge you need to upgrade your career. My feedback to the MBA program is to more closely monitor the amount of reading that teachers provide students. In the accounting course the professor gave the class a 1000 page book and didn’t specify what we should read. About 400 pages into the book, I realized that if I kept going I would burn out. I would encourage the program to continue focusing on quality of material instead of quantity. They do a good job already, but can do an even better job. I would also suggest that the MBA program have a few sessions that link all the core course materials together to provide a final big picture. The last thing I will say, is that a few students had a negative experience. I would say that most of these students have unrealistic expectations or are simply not committed to the program. The MBA program provides students with many opportunities to meet companies and obtain corporate projects, but you have to make your own opportunities to maximize your future. It is more difficult for non-EU students to obtain a job in Europe, but if you sell yourself as a high performing candidate then you can overcome this hurdle. This is not a MBA program for the faint of heart, for those who want to go on vacation or for those that want to party all the time (unless you already have a strong financial background). If you commit yourself to learning and obtaining an opportunity, then this program is a great choice and will help you achieve your goals.

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