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“The Henley MBA exceeded my expectations.”

Rosanne Calleja-2016Rosanne Calleja, Henley MBA 2016, Senior Manager of Import/Export Operations at Express Group, shares with us her experience about the Henley Flexible Executive MBA journey.

Back when I was still in my teens, I decided to take a job and stop my formal education. Through hard work and sheer determination, I was able to make it to a managerial position. The more time passed, the more I gained experience and rose in my designation, but the more I felt a void in my overall fulfilment, and this was the lack of qualifications. I had the work experience but did not have the theory to back it up. I felt the need for further education. There is so much that can be learned about business from experience, this is true, but I believe that participating in an MBA programme can provide invaluable information that would take years to acquire from professional experience alone or would never be acquired at all.

Back when I was still in my teens, I decided to take a job and stop my formal education. Through hard work and sheer determination, I was able to make it to a managerial position. The more time passed, the more I gained experience and rose in my designation, but the more I felt a void in my overall fulfilment, and this was the lack of qualifications. I had the work experience but did not have the theory to back it up. I felt the need for further education. There is so much that can be learned about business from experience, this is true, but I believe that participating in an MBA programme can provide invaluable information that would take years to acquire from professional experience alone or would never be acquired at all.

An MBA covers all aspects of management and I expected to learn a wide variety of information at a highly advanced level, such as finance, organizational behaviour and marketing. There are a few MBAs on offer but I was attracted to Henley for several reasons. In Malta, the Henley MBA is ranked at the top when compared to its competitors, hence, it is considered to be the best on offer. The course combines a variety of learning experiences, including individual and group sessions, online study and face-to-face workshops. I felt it was really the one for me because it is open to students who have previous managerial experience and are looking to take their abilities to the next level.

The Henley MBA experience does not stop when one graduates. Following my graduation, I had the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded individuals from a wide range of industries. The Henley MBA gives you the opportunity to join the Henley Alumni Association Malta which, apart from social activities, also organises talks and company visists. The networking and learning is ongoing after completing the Henley MBA.

Time was the biggest challenge to face throughout my studies. Having a family and working on a full-time basis while following the MBA was the hardest hurdle I had to face. Following close behind was the fact that I had a lack of confidence in myself. At the beginning of the course I found it hard to be part of the regular discussions carried out during the programme, however I gained the confidence to speak up in meetings, presentations and anywhere necessary. Furthermore, when I hit a stumbling block during the course, the team at Henley Malta put me in touch with a mentor who helped me get back on track. The networking with people from other industries has helped to inspire me and to know how to react in all kinds of situations.

I have been with the same company, Express Trailers Ltd on and off for the past 30 plus years. However, after obtaining my Henley MBA, I see the difference in how I approach my job whereby I am more analytical and a problem solver. Moreover, I am proactive rather than reactive in my approach and I am not afraid to put my ideas out there anymore.

It is never easy to take on studies while working, and following the Henley MBA is no different. One might procrastinate, thinking that the next intake is not the right time. If I have any regret, it is that I did not do it sooner. The Henley MBA has given me so much more than I expected. Had I done it sooner, I would have had more years to reap the profits.

The Henley MBA exceeded my expectations. It was instrumental in my promotions at Express Trailers Ltd. The company has grown and is a leader in the area of logistics. It is now embarking on new projects to take it to the next level and I feel the Henley MBA has given me the tools to rise to the next level with the company.

Interested in following the footsteps of Rosanne? Contact Henley Malta for more information on info@henleymalta.com or on 00356 21311326.

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