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Tell us a little bit about your company
I’m responsible for the Supply Chain Consumer Healthcare Operations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
How has the JWMI curriculum helped you in your career?
Since I joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2015, one of the steps in my career plan was to become a site director, responsible for the entire operation of a plant. After one year at GSK, I moved from engineering to production and decided to get an MBA to support my career development and professional goal. I looked for an MBA that would help me grow and found JWMI.
What’s been your most rewarding experience in the program?
There are many rewarding experiences in the program, but here are a few of my most significant:
- The opportunity to be on the Jack Welch video call, ask questions and learn directly from him.
- Being recognized and promoted within my own company.
- Seeing evolution in my leadership, affecting change in others.
- Working with fellow students, studying their organizations and cultures to become more knowledgeable in other industries.
How did you navigate job, family, and work? What strategies did you implement to get it done?
While reviewing the program, I read: “you should estimate 10–15 hours of coursework per class,” and I thought, “That will be easy.” However, my job is quite demanding, and our site is having a substantial transformation in culture and processes, it was difficult to find the time each week. Thankfully, I have a beautiful family that support me on this journey. Having discipline and organization to your week is essential. From Monday to Wednesday nights I´m entirely dedicated to the MBA readings and assignments, and come back on Saturdays and Sundays depending on family demands. As I´m always looking to over-deliver, my weekly dedication to this program bore close to 20 hours a week, but I was motivated to earn a promotion, and this application helped get me there.
Please share any advice for new students embarking on the MBA journey.
The MBA program will help you get ahead, but you need the discipline, drive, and dedication to put in the effort to see the results. The readings, assignments, and videos are the most significant portion of the class and make the learning exciting. Work to apply what you learn every day. And most importantly, do not forget to have fun with the program and your fellow students!
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