In this series of interviews, current RSM students share their experience from the MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management. Read the interview with MBA participant Mungai Boulch.
Why did you choose RSM for your MBA?
The dominating factor for choosing RSM was the small class size. I also like the emphasis on sustainability. The programme is known to be really good, and it’s great that it’s a one-year programme with great value for money.
What has been the most challenging?
Getting back into “student mode” took some time in the first term. We had about five assignments due in one week – we had to really manage our time and prioritise.
How has the Personal Leadership Development Programme affected you?
It has helped me learn a lot about myself and how others view me. I learn soft skills about how to convey a message, to tell a story and how to best portray my own competencies. My confidence as a public speaker has increased. Judging from the comments of my peers, I’m able to reach people better than I thought I could. It woke up this side of me that I knew I had, but wasn’t apparent until now.
Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within global teams?
Definitely. For example: when you ask someone from a certain culture if they can do something, they’ll always say “yes”. Others say “no” and need some encouragement. You learn to approach people differently with criticism – with some people you can be straightforward, with others you have to be more tactful.
Read the full version of this article on the website of School of Management.