Hajar El Haddaoui
The courses were led by excellent professors with extensive academic and practical knowledge. Moreover, contact with both teaching staff and administration was always a positive experience. The CAS program has without a doubt added value to my marketability and has been a great experience. It has been a very interesting and fruitful journey! I have found the program being dynamic, shaping and empowering in terms of improving skills necessary to face and rise to the market’s challenges.
Professors are selected for the rigor and relevance of their research, as well as their ability to inspire in the classroom and to synthesise impactful learning from diverse student perspectives. The program has provided tremendous value to me and was an excellent platform to continue building my career.
- What did you particularly love about the studies at the iimt?
Classes are very well thought through, and professors put huge efforts into making their sessions stimulating for students.
- What made the iimt stand out from the similar institutions?
I was impressed how up to date were the articles and cases that professors used. Most importantly I was impressed by the insightful views shared by my colleagues during class discussions.
- Why should someone who is looking to continue their education consider the iimt?
Improve your strengths. Don’t neglect your weaknesses, but don’t over-invest in them either. Your value lies in your unique strength. Find them and focus on them. Also, invest in your relationships. Keep your network alive. Take the chance to experiment in a safe environment at the iimt
- What exceeded your expectations at the iimt?
Flexibility! It matched my and my family’s expectations perfectly.
- Is there anyone from the iimt team you would like to pay special thanks to?
I would like to thank Dr. Stephanie Teufel. Thank you for being so encouraging and doing everything you can to keep us motivated and supported throughout the program. Your knowledge and leadership provide me with a priceless model for my own career. I am so happy you are part of my education! I hope today you can be proud of me.
Getting an EMBA at the iimt has opened many opportunities for me. Prior to my EMBA, I had a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Telecommunications. When I finished my studies at the iimt, I held a position as the Head of Business Development at a Telecommunications Carrier. My role at the time already has a strong footing in many commercial and financial aspects of the business (business plan, company valuation, M&A activities etc.). As many may remember the IT and telecom market suffered a very significant crash in the early 2000s. At the time it was very difficult, if not impossible, to find opportunities in the sector. Thanks to my new degree I was able to secure a position and join one of the Big Four (E&Y) as a Risk Management Consultant. I believe my degree at the iimt has helped me in getting this position, as it would not have been possible with only an engineering degree. It’s a practice-oriented diploma.
I liked the work with other students in works groups and the going through practical case studies. Despite the IT orientation of the teaching, which is almost very similar as to every other MBA, what takes the iimt apart from the other similar degrees are the skills I got and that allowed me to see immediate value in my job as well as a consultant. Furthermore, it gave me a sound basis and all the necessary building blocks to embrace a new career in the field of finance.
As an expert in a very technical area of finance in the field of derivatives and related regulations, I have ventured away from IT while still able to leverage my former engineering skills. The studies at iimt definitively helped me to transform my technical skills into business skills, which gives you a unique profile and a competitive advantage in many areas of the industry such as consultancy, business development, or like in my case new technologies applied to the future of financial market infrastructure like blockchain, big data analytics, etc.
The studies at the iimt helped me get a broader understating of what it takes to manage a large company, the inter-dependency between different departments and understand the various frameworks that have been used to govern enterprises. It provided me with tools and skills that I could directly use in my job. The leadership and management course at the iimt gave me a good understanding of the concepts that are in use in most companies. This foundation was extremely helpful to allow me to analyse and embrace the evolution of new methodologies (lean enterprise, open leadership, etc.)
Compared to some other MBA programs available in the market, the iimt has a strong focus on leadership and management courses for technology companies. The use cases we had tightly related to the problems we faced and sometimes, if needed, we would also draw parallels with others industries to get the full picture (e.g. in Marketing).
Studies at the iimt provided us with a great balance between theory and practical use. It was fun to interact with the team around the various challenges we had to solve together. It is great for people coming from technology companies. There was a family feeling as we spent 3 years together.
If you want to get clarity of what is needed to manage and develop an enterprise then You should consider the iimt. The practical examples and the curation of the latest developments in leadership and management makes it really interesting. It is an accelerator to your own research on management.
I was impressed how a three-year program really gave me the opportunity to apply and practice what I learned and to make it stick, which is much better than some other short-term programmes.
If you are considering joining the iimt make sure you define your long-term objectives and see how the iimt will help you achieve your goals, then you can get the best of the different modules.
Finally, I’d like to thank the iimt’s staff for their flexibility, for listening to our feedback and for continuing developing the program.