Class presidents about their MBA journeys
Uroš Podgoršek, Class president 2015/2016
- Best MBA lesson learned?
My undergraduate degree was in engineering and I realized fairly early in my career that I lacked a broader set of skills that would allow me to work better in cross-functional teams or simply better understand the business dimension of projects I was involved in.
The expectations from the MBA programme were comparatively high and this one really delivered on its promise! It indeed efficiently complemented my engineering skills and knowledge and brought a broader perspective on how to run a business and the importance of involving all areas of the business for successful growth and achievement of business goals.
Continuous training of employees in various areas (knowledge, communication, leadership, etc.), process optimization, and continuous improvement are key elements for the constant growth of any organization in today’s competitive market. The MBA programme dynamically introduced various methods and tools necessary to address these challenges in daily activities, both on a professional and personal level.
- If you were an MBA professor, what would you teach?
If I had a choice, my first choice would probably be a professor of Business Data Analysis. I really like analyzing data and trying to find correlations, patterns, or additional insights that will help achieve the business goals of the company or department. In my opinion, as a professor, you not only have to be the subject matter expert, but you also have to be passionate about what you do to really capture the students’ attention.
3. Your best MBA memory?
There are many good memories that will always be close to my heart, from the time-consuming team assignments that were successfully completed and submitted, to the international trip to Dublin where we had the opportunity to visit established companies and get an insight into their working environment.
4. Best MBA course?
My vote goes to Marketing for Managers and the simulation that we have done. This module had a great structure and balance between theory and practical work for students to understand how different marketing strategies affect the success of the business in this simulation. Also, coordination, communication, and alignment within a single team were crucial to be successful and achieve a larger market share compared to other teams.
5. What would be your advice to future MBAs?
It is up to each person to decide how much they want to learn during their studies. As it is a different approach to what most of us in Slovenia have experienced during our studies, it requires active participation to get the most out of each module: there will indeed be challenging and time-consuming assignments, but take advantage of networking opportunities and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Get involved and be active as early as possible and you will gain a lot of useful knowledge during this journey.