Willem Beyen started his professional life in environmental science – and his role at a water treatment company took him all over the world. But after five years, he decided it was time for a new challenge. So he joined the Full-Time MBA at Vlerick – and now he’s taking his career in a completely new direction.
After gaining experience in a variety of roles – including HR for Scotiabank and at Simon Fraser university, in her home country, Canada – Sofia Leposavic decided it was time to upgrade her education. An MBA was something I always had in the back of my mind,” she says. “It’s a way to get into the roles I always saw myself in.”
In this last week the Full-time MBA participants had the opportunity to visit two different companies. One was to the Brewery Van Honsebrouck, and the other was to the Belgian headquarters of Colruyt. Both are family owned businesses, with roots in Belgium.
Until last year, Jorge Pancorvo’s professional experience was entirely in consulting. But when he became Head of Marketing at MPSA – an NGO that harvests water from the air to boost the Peruvian water supply – he realised his future lay in the energy sector.
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.