‘Earning your degree is the beginning of the lifelong learning process known as your career. You get a lot more accomplished with support from those around you, and an alumni network can help'
Sergio graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration. Looking back on his studies, he had the following to say: ‘Studying is hard work but it‘s fun, too. You learn how to collaborate, how to deal with disappointments, to plan and most of all how to make choices. I also studied abroad in New York and Beijing through an UvA exchange programme. My thesis on co-creation in the consultancy sector was well-received. I hope to build on that research.‘
In his current position as a financial consultant, Sergio provides corporations and governments with independent advice on projects, planning & control and investments. ‘The programme filled me with self-confidence and taught me to how to handle criticism constructively. These are things that really serve me well in my current work.‘
‘I‘ve established a huge network of former and fellow classmates. I keep in touch with them on a regular basis, sharing experiences and ideas or meeting in the city for a beer. Not as frequently as I would like, unfortunately. I also belong to the Economics and Business group on LinkedIn and usually follow the discussions there. I have met former classmates via that network, too. This type of network is really important. Even though your career development and growth is ultimately in your own hands, you get a lot more accomplished with support from those around you, and an alumni network can help.‘
Sergio has another important piece of advice: ‘Earning your degree is the beginning of the lifelong learning process known as your career. Find out what you do and don‘t like, and learn from your choices. There is no such thing as the wrong choice, only the wrong attitude, so embrace the adventure. Good luck!‘