We all blinked and before we knew it, it is now December and the first semester of our MBA is over!
The last couple months have been a whirlwind of classes, exams, group projects and many career events! We’ve had presentations as part of the Distinguished Speakers event, where the former CEO of Rexel, Philips Lighting and Consumer Electronics gave a talk on his perspective on Leadership. We’ve had 2 Career Fairs and multiple company presentations on campus from some great companies.
The mood after one of the harder finals of the semester.
Celebrating the end of the semester!
One of the most rewarding activities so far has been getting matched and networking with our Vlerick Alumni Mentors that are there to help guide us in our journey and provide guidance as we discover the opportunities ahead.
Additionally, two of our classmates participated in a company challenge from AB-InBev where they were asked to pitch about the integration of Craft Brewers in the US and solving a specifi business case on packaging. They made it to the final round, and even though the were not the winners, we are all very proud of them and are all finding their newly acquired knowledge on craft beer very enjoyable.
The last week of the semester was spent in the Netherlands at the beautiful Abdij Rolduc, where we spent four days in a Professional Skills & Leadership Seminar. We had great team building events, improv skits, lots of feedback and leadership training as well as some fun challenges outdoors!
As one of our more eloquent classmates said at the end of the program “We came as a classroom but this week facilitated an environment where we all were able to learn even more about each other, build trust, and as a result we are leaving as a big family.”
We’ll be back next semester and will be jumping back into classes, electives, and figuring out the next challenge – In-Company Projects! We’d like to thank our readers who have joined us so far on this journey and wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
Blog written by Adina Avram & Jean-Baptiste Thybaut