Ngozi Amobi, Rotterdam School of Management, Class of 2017

Jan 30, 2018
Tags: admissions, b-school, GMAT exam, MBA

"The MBA was an opportunity to meet and collaborate with people from various backgrounds."

Ngozi AmobiSubmitted by Ngozi Amobi, Rotterdam School of Management, Class of 2017.

"Hi, my name is Ngozi Amobi. I lived and worked in New York City for the 12 years preceding the start of my MBA.  I had been through one career change, and decided that it was time for another.  However, I wanted to be better prepared for that change, and provide myself more flexibility of choice in the next phase of my career. This is why I chose to pursue an MBA degree.

Dream career: Director of Communications for the Women’s Tennis Association (this position does not yet exist).

Why Business School? I felt it would give me exposure to a wide array of business disciplines, for which I had no previous exposure.

Best GMAT® study tip? Do as many practice questions/exams as possible.

Before business school, I was: An accounting manager for a hospitality group in NYC.

When I’m not in class, you’ll find me: On the tennis court (if the weather is kind).

Advice for anyone thinking about b-school? It is a great environment in which to hone in on what you may want to do next.

My remedy for pre-test nerves: Distract yourself.

On the day before your exam, you should: Relax. Do not do anything related to the exam.

How did you fit studying for the GMAT exam into your busy schedule? I studied on my own after work.

How well-prepared for business school do you feel, after studying for the GMAT exam? I think that studying for the GMAT, in conjunction with my work experience, prepared me quite well for business school.


Ngozi Amobi

An MBA Is a Great Path for Career Changers

"I saw the MBA as a way to explore different areas of business that I didn’t have exposure to before."

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"Hello, my name is Ngozi Amobi and I am a full-time MBA student at Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, graduating in March 2017. I chose to do an MBA because I am looking to change careers. I was a lawyer at one point and then working in the restaurant industry in New York ad I was looking to change industry and function again. I saw the MBA as a way of doing that in an academic environment where I could explore different areas of business that I didn’t have exposure to before. The MBA, for me, was an opportunity to meet and collaborate with people from various education, career, and cultural backgrounds and look at the same business problem from many different perspectives. So, in my opinion, when looking to do an MBA, it’s important to understand what it is you hope to achieve by entering one of these programs, and just understanding that it’s about giving yourself he flexibility to choose a new path that you may not have considered before. I hope you have found this video helpful. Thank you very much."

Ngozi Amobi

Making the Most Out of an MBA

"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and the results are important but I think it’s as important if not more to enjoy and relish the process."

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"Hello, my name is Ngozi Amobi, I am a full-time MBA student at Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, graduating in 2017. How does one make the most of his or her MBA experience? In my opinion, first I think it’s important to get involved in as many activities as you possibly can that you find interesting or potentially interesting because you don’t know until you jump in and try it. You have a lot to gain from the different clubs, from the competitions, things like that. I think it’s also very important to network externally but also with your classmates. We all have a lot of experience and connections and you never know who may be able to help you out and provide some insight. Lastly, it’s really important to just enjoy the journey. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and the results are important but I think it’s as important if not more important to enjoy and relish the process. Because you really have a lot to learn from this experience. It’s very enriching and for anything that you might want to do in the future, it’s an invaluable experience. I hope you find this video helpful. Thank you very much.

Ngozi Amobi

Choosing an International Program

" I think doing research into the cultures of the different countries to see if they match your temperament, your values, your goals is very important."

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"Hello, my name is Ngozi Amobi, I am a full-time MBA student at Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, graduating in 2017. Now, how does one choose an international MBA program? Well, for me, I knew that I wanted to live in Europe for a little while, but I didn’t know quite where. Like anyone, I turned to the rankings which are helpful and sort of tried to get a sense of which programs to research a bit more. I think rankings are important to a certain extent, but I think it all comes down to the individual and what you want to get out of the program. For me, geographic mobility was a consideration as I wanted to potentially change countries. I also looked into the curriculum, the courses that were provided, to see if they fit with what I felt like were my interests at the time. It’s also important to look into the cultural fit as well. I think doing research into the cultures of the different countries to see if they match your temperament, your values, your goals is very important and one last think is, at least in Europe, a lot of the programs are only one year. So, if you are looking to take less time out of the workforce, that should be a consideration for you as well. I hope you find this video helpful. Thank you very much."

Ngozi Amobi

An MBA Can Be a Good Fit for Older Students

"What I've learned over the years and also what I have corroborated during my time in this program is that I have as much to learn from younger students as they do from me."

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"Hello, my name is Ngozi Amobi, I am a full-time MBA student at Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, graduating in 2017. Going into this program I knew that I would be one of the older students in the program. Late 30s actually. I spent quite a bit of time considering the implications of the potential age differences. The average age of my program is actually 29, which is a bit older than many programs in the States. My concerns were about maybe some of the social differences more so than the differences in experience. Because what I’ve learned over the years and also have corroborated during my time in this program is that I have as much to learn from that younger students as they do from me. When you’re considering a program and age is a consideration for you, I think it all boils down to the individual and what your goals are for the program and what you hope to achieve by being part of a program like this. I think that age should not matter and that everyone has something to gain from pursuing an MBA. I hope you find this video helpful. Thank you very much."

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