Before deciding to enroll in the COTRUGLI MBA program, I already had 10 years of experience in several companies in sales positions. After all these years working in similar positions, I felt the need to develop further, and thanks to the support of my manager and Croatian Telecom, who regularly invests in various employee training programs, I decided to step into the “mystical” MBA world. With the first modules everything cleared up very quickly and it became clear that my new colleagues became my new best mentors. Their enthusiasm, different industries they came from, experiences and different approaches to solving business challenges became my everyday life. The whole process of acquiring new knowledge is driven by top professors who encourage collaboration and do not provide instant answers but ask questions and offer methods to analyze and select the best solutions.
I enrolled in MBA as a key account manager, and one year after graduation I accepted long-term projects, became a sales team leader, and three years after that I was promoted to Director of Real Economy Corporate Sales Department. The knowledge, techniques, and lessons learned in addressing various business challenges have enabled me to more easily and quickly master the path of operating tasks related to managing sales activities and developing a client strategy to the position of providing strategic direction, leadership and focus for the entire department.
Adding MBA business education to an already overburdened life-work balance brought with it new tasks in the part of time management, but after mastering this task it became easier. Soon after, aligning business life with new goals in the private realm, such as completing several marathons, was no longer an overwhelming obstacle. Sharing experiences and connecting with a team of people with similar preferences but different industries has become my lifeline when I need advice where I am usually only one phone call apart from making the best of my decision.
Being exposed to such an “onslaught” of the enthusiasm, ideas and minds of both top professors and colleagues is something I would always recommend to every person who is eager to receive, absorb and use new knowledge, experience and personal progress!