I had experience as a marketer and a team leader in a software company, but I felt my experience was limited. A manager needs a lot of skills, and some of them are learned most quickly in the classroom: that’s why I wanted an MBA. The great thing about ISM is the varied curriculum. It covers the latest topics. The case studies give you an insight into the past, while the exercises prepare you for the future.
There’s a good mix in the student body—their experiences and academic backgrounds are diverse, but as a whole, they have clear-cut aspirations. I’d say the biggest lessons I’ve drawn from ISM are in terms of my perspective. I used to be attached to a certain point of view, but now I’m able to put myself in other people’s shoes, and take an outsider’s perspective or a more holistic approach to an issue. The courses tickled my brain, they broadened the horizons of my thought, and they pushed me to become an entrepreneur.