'I was at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson doing equity research in London, when I decided to do an MBA. I paid for it myself, but they were very good about making sure I had a favourable agreement on which to return. I went back initially to the investment banking division at DrKB to work on telecoms in Europe.
For me, the MBA has been a great success. I had the benefit of moving into investment banking and choosing the industry group as well. The timing was excellent and it was a great opportunity. I also thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.
The Judge Institute offered exactly what I wanted. I had come to London in 1994 from Argentina and I had a family, with two little girls. We knew we wanted to stay close to London, and I knew that I wanted to keep the opportunity cost down in terms of the time taken doing the MBA. In the end a year did not feel long enough, because it was all very exciting. Living in a very good apartment in Cambridge was an experience in itself, and doing the MBA was both fun and intellectually motivating.
I was in an internationally diverse class of 60 or 70 individuals, all of whom had both experience and ambition and contributed a great deal to the programme. The combination of theory and practice at the Judge Institute also suited me very well.
We did three in-company projects, going from minor to major, involving considerable depth of study. The strong entrepreneurial spirit surrounding Cambridge came through in the course. I found the rigorous analysis I was looking for, and the breadth of background.
At that time they did not have the exchange programme they now run with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but I did not feel I was missing anything. The wider university setting and the proximity of London seemed plenty.
I would say only 10% of the people on my course were investment bankers, and we all benefited from their range of experience, expectations and ambitions.
Perhaps 90% of my colleagues had working experience somewhere other than the country of their birth before the MBA, which was something in itself. As the average age was around 30, everyone was capable of making a mature contribution.
I managed to get to know everyone on the course, and I still keep up with quite a few of them. The year at the Judge Institute has had a profound impact on my life, and I am unlikely to forget it.'