Here at MaastrichtMBA, we love our alumni and enjoy staying in touch. We recently spoke with alumnus Ameur Handous; we recalled his time at MaastrichtMBA’s Executive MBA and discussed his current life.
Having a software engineering and project management background, I wanted to explore the other perspectives of the business (strategy, finance and organisational behavior). Also my objective was to challenge my leadership skills.
As I am living in Cologne – Germany and not being a German native speaker, I wanted to go to an university near Cologne. Maastricht is a perfect fit for that. It is 1 hour 15 minutes from home. It also provides the opportunity to discover a new country and therefore a new culture.
Oh Yes ! I have profited a lot from this experience. First on human level where I had the opportunity to meet new people coming from all over the world. A lot of them are now my friends. Next to that, I completely reviewed my leadership skills and competencies. From a business perspective, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experiences, enabling me to move to the next steps of my career.
I would strongly recommending this experience as this pushes any person to get out of the comfort zone. Furthermore, it is important to have a clear plan on how to balance between private life, work and MBA.
I reiterate my previous answer and advice anyone to make a concrete plan of balance between private life, work and MBA. The introduction module can support to give ideas to ensure this.
Through the different module discussions and assignments, there is always an option to apply the curriculum on real and concrete business issues encountered by the employers. This could lead to have new and innovative solutions. In my case, my Business Consulting Project was applied on my company business problem. The results of my BCP work and related managerial recommendations are considered and applied by the management team. An employer will also gains for this further developed leader enabling his/her team members to grow and achieve more successes.