MSc Strategic Management
Class of 2017
from Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa
Internship at Galp Energia
It’s important to highlight the number of opportunities we were given throughout the year to engage in direct contact with companies and people in high positions
I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa, the main Engineering school in Portugal. I did an internship at a small firm that deals with internationalization processes and another at Galp Energia, a major Portuguese player in the energy and oil sectors.
The perfect match
One of the main reasons I chose HEC’s Strategic Management program is the fact that it line’s up perfectly with my professional aspirations. As I am primarily interested in areas such as Consulting and Business Development, this program was, without a doubt, the most suited to me.
I wanted to be able to combine my engineering knowledge with a masters in strategic management because I was confident that it would give me the appropriate tools to thrive in multiples areas of business, considering I would have an understanding of not only how to manage a firm but also, for instance, of the production process.
Moreover, I was quite sure that, by enrolling in this program I would be given an excellent opportunity for networking. Nowadays I believe connections and the ability to create and maintain them are distinguishing traits that can make a huge difference in the workplace.
Broadening your horizons
Finally, I recognized that HEC would be a great opportunity for me to increase my international experience. I knew that spending a year abroad would not only put me out of my comfort zone but also provide me with a new and exciting experience whilst immersed in a different country.
The main highlight of the program is definitely the people. Ever since the beginning, the class built an environment in which we all felt integrated and this has proved to be useful whenever you need help, as well as when socializing and having a good time together. I can honestly say that I have met some phenomenal people with both interpersonal and professional skills.
Making an impact
The company project was another feature of the program that I found very enriching. Firstly, the possibility of following this path is crucial for us to feel comfortable and motivated towards what we are working on. Secondly, it proved to be extremely challenging namely because it allowed me to feel I was having a real impact on a firm and also because it threw me into a demanding environment with deadlines and real issues to tackle.
I think it’s also important to highlight the number of opportunities we were given throughout the year to engage in direct contact with companies and people in high positions that took their time to meet with students. This allows us to gain an understanding of what the environment we will work in is like and also to make acquaintances that will later open the door to job opportunities.