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Matias Rubiolo Master of Business Administration (MBA),  2017

European Investment Bank

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MBA student Matias Rubiolo from Argentina seized the opportunity to gain practical insights into leading edge website and software development through a placement at web specialist X-RM.

The award-winning company in Winchester designs and develops web-enabled business applications for industrial, commercial and public sector clients. Matias looked at the potential market for a new application and found the experience worthwhile and learned a great deal.

Following his studies, Matias now works in global research at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. "Software development was a new industry for me and I applied the theory I learned on my MBA, on my internship. My assignment as external consultant to the company's CEO was similar to the consulting project I undertook as part of my studies at Southampton Business School. The key to success is to make sure you have a clear brief and know what the client wants."

Below, you can read about Matias' overall experience of studying and living in Southampton:

Software development was a new industry for me and I applied the theory I learned on my MBA on my internship.

Nationality: Argentinean/Italian

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?
Being part of the Russell Group and accredited by AMBA and AACSB, Southampton provides a well-structured MBA programme, which is a better value-for-money choice. The multicultural environment found in the classroom is equally appealing.

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’?

The community environment in the classroom in spite of people coming from many different countries. The residential week in Maastricht was another highlight. The possibility of increasing one’s cultural awareness and contacts around the globe, in conjunction with sharpening our technical knowledge is to be noted as well.

What other activities did you take advantage of while at University?

During the programme, I took part in different social events, not only exclusively for my MBA cohort but also for the wider University. I participated in employability events as well. In addition after completing my MBA, I had the chance to work on a very enriching consultancy project as an internship.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The new knowledge acquired about areas that were not part of my undergraduate background. The learning derived from the dynamic of the several teamwork experiences we had.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?

After the MBA programme, I was engaged in some consultancy projects for a UK-based company, which provided me with international work experience I had not had before. This contributed to me being offered a position at a European Investment Bank, where I am currently pursuing a short-term contract in the form of traineeship. With out doubt, these experiences added value both to my career and to my CV.

How did your time at Southampton help you to grow as a person and help you get to where you are now?
It helped me develop a way of thinking, to face the problems in front of me strategically and consider the big picture. It taught me to challenge the many assumptions and prejudices that we may have. It raised my cultural awareness and expanded my network of contacts around the world. I certainly grew a great deal both professionally and personally during my time at Southampton.

What advice would you give to a student starting their degree at Southampton?
To be conscious of the work ahead and manage their time as effectively as possible. To have in mind that although the year is going to be busy, it is always healthy to spare some time for extra-curricular activities and to socialise and take advantages of the opportunity as much as they can. The University offers everything one needs to succeed; but it is up to each one to make the most out of the experience.

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector? 
Being technically sound in the area of one’s expertise is a significant element, but not the whole picture. Being pro-active and figuring out which is the best contribution one can provide to team.

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