Jacques Schipper

Our students are the core of the MaastrichtMBA programme. Students with a broad diversity on nationality, age and even professional background. The insights and thoughts of our MBA students describe the true experience of MaastrichtMBA. This time we talked with our Australian student Jacques Schipper. He works as Lead Principal Finance Business Partner at BHP, a world-leading resources company. Jacques joined our Online MBA track in January 2023.

Fast Facts

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

To decode corporate wizardry and learn the art of leadership, one must understand business strategies and develop key leadership qualities such as emotional intelligence, effective communication, and the ability to inspire and motivate teams.

Why did you choose for MaastrichtMBA?

My focus is mostly on the non-technical skills side, and create a more complete toolkit for business challenges as well as to communicate more effectively.

What made you choose your specific MaastrichtMBA track?

The leadership development track attracted me because it focuses on essential leadership skills, practical applications, and personal development. The chance to learn from professionals and network with peers also influenced my choice.

Which skills do you want to refine during the programme?

Mainly focussed on the non-technical skills, relationship building as well as use a bit of creative allowances away from spreadsheets and negotiations.

How do you think you will benefit from doing this MBA?

My goal was to become a more well-rounded individual. The benefit was gaining a better understanding of leadership impact and abilities, all while pretending to understand complex financial reports and sipping fancy coffee.

What is the most enjoyable part of the MaastrichtMBA programme so far?

The elective weeks have made a significant difference for me during the programme. The interaction has built character, added a bit of sunburn, and fostered good friendships.

What advice do you have for anyone considering an executive MBA at MaastrichtMBA?

Don’t worry, you’ll love it! If you have any doubts, feel free to reach out to me or invite me for a beer to chat.

Jacques Schipper
BHP
Lead Principal Finance Business Partner
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