Enrique Mancilla, originally from Mexico, reflects on his time spent pursuing his MBA abroad at The University of New Brunswick St. John, in Canada, and provides advice to future applicants considering an MBA abroad.
What do you think is UNB St. John's greatest asset?
UNB St. John’s MBA Program provides an open door to anyone who is willing to obtain a great education from some of the best and most respected professors in Atlantic Canada. It offers its students countless academic tools to expand their professional skill-set and also delivers in one of the most important aspects for today’s globalized world, which is boundless exposure to other cultures through the day-to-day interaction with international students coming from more than a dozen countries.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue an MBA? What inspired you?
I’ve always had a plan for my life, a vision from where I am and where I want to be in “X” amount of years. Ever since I was young I envisioned myself completing my BBA, working for one of the best professional services firms in the world, and after 5 or 6 years, going back to a great academic institution in order to apply my work experience and broaden my professional skillset. Becoming a better and updated professional was my inspiration to pursue my MBA.
What are some of the first steps an international student should take after being accepted to ensure they are prepared for an MBA program?
I would first recommend students to have a complete open mind to new and different experiences. An international MBA will take you out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing. You will be able to absorb knowledge from great minds from other countries, they will challenge your conventional thoughts and you will be able to expand upon their contributions in each and every class session.
What inspired you to pursue your MBA abroad and what have been the greatest benefits of doing so?
I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to interact with people from other countries allowing me to expand my mind and knowledge. My MBA provided me with invaluable benefits, but the one which I believe was the greatest, was adapting my behavior and communication skills to suit people from many different cultures.
Right now, I work with the most efficient, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. My team includes professionals from Scotland, Austria, India, Australia, Canada and Mexico. The knowledge I obtained from my MBA experience helps me achieve extraordinary results every single day with such a diverse and talented group of people.