Johan Van Meenen was initially sceptical about enrolling on a management programme at Vlerick. Not because he’d already learnt everything there was to know, but because previous courses had taught him too little. Nevertheless he enrolled at Vlerick for the SME Excellence programme. But could this programme fulfil his expectations?
If you’re looking to accelerate your career prospects, sharpen your skills and gain some competitive edge, an Executive MBA might well be on your radar. Geared to executives with around 10 to 15 years of experience, the Executive MBA is a fast-tracked programme, giving you the flexibility to keep working while you complete your degree. And it looks great on your curriculum, signalling to employers that you have committed to personal and professional growth, and positioning you for promotion.
Natcha Khiangprakhong’s background is business law – and up until last August, she was a lawyer at a government-owned electricity company in her home country, Thailand. But Natcha didn’t want to restrict herself to roles within the legal profession. She decided an MBA would be the perfect way to explore the wider business world and expand her career options.
Zeshan Bhatti has had a varied career so far, with roles in retail, banking and finance. But after completing his Bachelors in Business Management and Finance, he decided he wanted to continue into a people-oriented role – and he knew an MBA was the right next step. So last September, he left his home in New York City to travel to Brussels and start Vlerick’s Full-Time MBA programme.
A core part of the Executive MBA experience is getting first-hand exposure to business in four continents. Our Executive MBA participants spent a week - end of January - in Silicon Valley speaking to entrepreneurs and seeing how new businesses scale up in the world’s foremost startup hub.
Dominique Van Den Putte is the owner of the chocolatier and confectioner, Duva Cerisettes & Chocolates. The company produces high-quality chocolate specialities for a niche market. In the past few years, the firm has put considerable effort into process optimisation, leading to rapid growth. This proved to be a turning point. The head of the company now felt that a more strategic perspective was needed, which is why she signed up for Vlerick’s SME Excellence Programme.