It seems like just yesterday I arrived in Brussels, nervous and thrilled by the new adventure I was about to embark on. At first I was worried that I didn’t speak French or Dutch. But I soon started to pick these languages up – even on my way to class when I listened to “the voice on the train”. But more on this later.
Sara Villaverde is a born entrepreneur. While she was studying in her native Peru, she and her sister set up their first business tutoring schoolchildren. And they established a translation and interpretation business while Sara was building an accountancy career with companies like EY and Geodis.
Earlier this year, my Full-Time MBA colleagues and I headed to Germany to visit Trivago – the online hotel booking company. It was an inspiring day packed with new insights and opportunities to see this exciting company in action. Here’s what we experienced…
Aleksandra Orlova enjoyed her role as a project manager in construction, but she felt there was something missing. She had a deep, narrow understanding of her area of the business – but says she lacked wider business knowledge, which made it difficult for her to contribute to company-wide initiatives. So when she moved from Moscow to Belgium, it seemed like the right time to make a change.
After graduating with an engineering degree, Varun Agarwal spent six years in technical roles. But when his job evolved to include more business responsibilities, he decided to explore the corporate world a little further. So he travelled from India to Belgium to embark on Vlerick’s Full-Time MBA. Now he’s a consultant, combining his technical expertise with finely-honed business skills.