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Maximo Garcia MBA, 2017

Market Risk Specialist - Banco de Chile

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MBA student Maximo from Chile exchanged the University of Southampton for a four month internship at the Peter Charles consultancy in London, following the taught element of his degree. The first provides interim finance teams to work alongside clients' staff to introduce new programmes.

Maximo carried out data analysis and managed cash flow, using skills he had developed in the accounting module. He enjoyed the experience and believed this insight into work at a consultancy would help him in his career.

I valued this chance to work with a UK company..I would urge other MBA students to seize any opportunity for placements.

Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I chose Southampton because it is an all-round balanced University, with a very good ranking and prestige. I met with MBA staff and discovered that the course was just what I was looking for. The international residential module, real-life consulting project and international cohort made the MBA very attractive.

What were your highlights at Southampton?

I took advantage of the sports facilities during my stay in Southampton. I love swimming and must have visited the pool at least three times a week. I joined the Diving and Salsa societies and even participated in the annual dancing competition.

What did you enjoy most about the Southampton MBA?

A highlight of the course was the international cohort. I met an amazing group of people and working with them on the MBA challenges was the best experience. A consulting project working for a UK company was also enriching. Finally, the staff were very warm and welcoming and made the process of studying a masters overseas very easy.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?

The highlight of my career so far has been working for one of the biggest and most successful banks in Chile and being entrusted to develop policies and controls to comply with international regulatory requirements.

How did your time at Southampton help you to grow as a person and develop your career?

Working with an international cohort of professionals helped me to better adapt to the international setting of the things I now do at work. It broadens your view and you start to see there are more connections and opportunities in what we do than previously thought. The world is smaller than we think.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to study the Southampton MBA programme?

Have patience, study hard and always keep an open mind. Team working with different cultures can be challenging at the beginning and language can be a barrier, but if you learn from your classmates you will find it's the best experience ever.

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