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#6 LFC CONTEST: AUC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

21/08/2013 01:41:31

#6 LFC CONTEST: AUC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

#6 LFC CONTEST

 

AUC ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND WHY YOU SHOULD PURSUE AN MBA!

''Education is your best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats beauty and youth''

 

 

''Mardini''

 

Associate Finance Professor
 
 
 
 
Taking two years off to sit in a classroom might seem crazy in today’s deadline driven world.  How can you possibly forgo two years worth of salary, plus pay the tuition?  Yet, on the other hand, it’s an amazing luxury to be able to get out of the day-to-day grind and actually sit and learn with a little reflection mixed in.  It might seem like a luxury to those who can’t afford to do it. 
 
Professor Mardini is an education guru, he always thinks of education as an investment, as a weapon that you can only utilize to DEFEND yourself! 
 
 
 
In my interview with Professor Mardini, I asked him:
 
 
 
What can a good Business School add to you?
 
 
At any good Business School these days, you’re going to get the chance to work on a series of team projects.  This is very important.  All of you best-of-the-best students are keeners.  You all think you’re brilliant.  You all likely want to be the leader when a task presents itself.  It’s a great challenge to learn how to work together and get other Type-A types like you moving in a similar direction.  You may not figure out how to do it perfectly but you will get the chance to learn.
 
 
 
What advantage do you have as a student getting your degree from a multi-cultural Business School?
 
At most good Business Schools these days, you’ll notice a lot of international students surrounding you.  Some schools will even try to use their international student body as a competitive advantage against other schools.  It is really important these days that you get out of your little perspective of whatever you're doing and stay updated with the global world we're living in. 
 
 
 
What should you really look for while looking  for an MBA Program at a reputable university?
 
To succeed in your career, you’re going to likely have to find and nurture at least a couple of good mentor relationships and this is what you should really look for!  At a reputable Business School, you’ll probably get a handful of professors who really stretch your thinking.  You’ll hear about them from other students.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get into their classes.  If you’re smart, you’ll try to build relationships with the professors and make the most of learning all you can from them.  If you want good mentors later, start by learning how to build a mentor relationship with one of these dynamite professors. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How can you describe your MBA experience?
 
I went to Columbia Business School in NYC.  I was fortunate because I could have gone to hear an amazing executive speak every other day if I wanted to.  When it becomes a daily occurrence, you start to take it for granted.  Don’t. If you want to be great, you’ve got to learn what made great people great.  You’ve got that chance when these people come through and talk.  And don’t just listen. Sit up at the front of the auditorium. Be the first one to ask a question afterwards, and this is my advice to all students!
 
 
What advice can you give to students who just graduated?
 
Even though you’re in your 20s Ahmed, the clock is ticking and your career window is closing. You can’t reinvent yourself at 30 and then 35 and then 40.  The people who really go far in their business careers focus.  You’ve got your chance now at a reputabal Business School at AUC.  If you worked in manufacturing before and now you want to focus on finance, you can do that.  If you did accounting, but want to focus on private equity, you can do that too.  The sooner you pick the area you want to focus on, the more you can focus on the right classes, the right clubs, and the right summer jobs to go after between 1st and 2nd year.
 
 
 
AUC MBA Graduate Student, Manal Khalil
 
 
 
 
How can you describe success in your own words?
 
 
 It seems silly but a big part of your success Ahmed in business will depend on your presentation skills.  A lot of people just basically can’t get up and talk.  I went to a Dale Carnegie class in my 20s and they told me that more people are afraid of giving a speech than dying.  It seems crazy that more people would rather die than give a talk.  The MBA student population is more speech-savvy than the general population, but a lot of Business School students stink at speaking too. Nevertheless, you’re going to get lots of opportunities to improve it.  You might as well take advantage of it and actually get good.  You’ll be amazed how far it takes you later in life.
 
 
 
 
Good luck students!  Enjoy your time in your Business School and make the most out of it!  You have incredible opportunities in front of you.
 
 
Yours, 
Mardini
 
 
 

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