After graduating as an engineer and then working in the industry for 10 years, Luis Escobar wanted to be part of something bigger outside of his hometown of Santiago, Chile. The father of four was looking for opportunities to develop professionally and at the same time to settle in a livable, family-friendly city.
Enter Copenhagen that ticks all the boxes and more when it comes to what it has to offer. The city at the top of Monocle Magazine’s list of the world’s top cities in terms of quality of life in 2021, and Denmark itself has consistently done so placed in the top three Countries in the World Happiness Report for a number of years. Copenhagen’s status as “Green Capital of the World‘ further enticed Escobar – who works in the green energy field – to move with his family to the Danish city to pursue an MBA Business School Copenhagen (CBS).
“I thought of Denmark as a place at the forefront of renewable energy. [Moving to Copenhagen] was also a family decision; We didn’t want to go to big cities,” explains Escobar. “I had already worked for 10 years and thought, ‘Let’s take this challenge and see what happens.'”
CBS’ full-time MBA would provide him with the right combination of skills and knowledge he needs to achieve in his career. “Everyone can take something different out of the MBA, but leadership and anything to do with sustainability were two things that were really important to me. During the MBA you go really deep into the subject. Those were the biggest learnings from the MBA, which not only impacted my career, but also [my] personal development.”
Escobar and his family are fully settled in Copenhagen, where he now works as a technical project manager at Ørsted, Denmark’s largest energy company. The skills gained from his previous industry experience, further enhanced by his MBA qualification from CBS, led him to oversee large 2,500 megawatt offshore wind farms in the country. “There was a big difference between what I did before and what I do now,” says Escobar, looking back on his journey.
A major reason for his growth is the country he lives in. Denmark is a laboratory for green solutions. Half of the electricity comes from wind and solar power – by 2030 the government wants to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in its electricity system. Denmark is also a leader when it comes to career opportunities. Escobar and many other CBS alumni have connected with organizations and thought leaders who are forward-thinking and taking sustainability to the next level.
Rewarding careers through a triple accredited program
When you’re ready to take the next step up your career ladder, an MBA from a reputable business school like CBS is the perfect stepping stone. Surrounded by a culture of innovation, happiness and growth that is characteristic of Copenhagen, CBS is a place where ambition and drive are rewarded with self-development in a supportive environment. His triple crown of International accreditations – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB – all testify to his excellent reputation that will not go unnoticed by recruiters.
CBS is a place where self-discovery meets opportunity. This is what Frida Rørvik, a Norwegian graduate of the program, found out during her MBA experience at the school. Rørvik has an engineering background and began her career as an intern in design and engineering.
After a stint as a Program Manufacturing Leader at a leading global automotive supplier, she decided to return to school to learn more about strategic decision making and improve her business acumen after spending a number of years in the industry.
“One of the aspects I liked about the Copenhagen MBA program itself was the 12 months [duration], so quite intense, but not too long. It has this Leadership Discovery Process this goes on all year round, which is a really unique part of the Copenhagen Business School MBA,” explains Rørvik. Today she is a senior associate at leading consulting firm BCG – a testament to the power of the MBA to propel graduates into new industries or advance their careers.
Another differentiator of the Copenhagen MBA at CBS is the option for students to personalize it in one of four concentrations – Digitization, Entrepreneurship, Finance or Governance and Sustainability – in addition to their core courses. The MBA culminates in real application through its Integrated strategy project (ISP) where students can demonstrate their newly acquired skills by working closely with a local company on a strategic business challenge.
CBS graduates have experiential knowledge of how companies operate in one of the greenest and most innovative cities in the world. Source: Copenhagen Business School
It was the experiential part of the program that helped Rørvik unlock her true calling: consulting. “When I got my MBA, I was absolutely certain that I would return to the industry,” she says. “But the MBA is really a journey of self-reflection. With a lot of help from the careers department at CBS, I thought about what I really wanted to do and realized I wanted to solve unique challenges and make a positive impact on people.”
Rørvik isn’t the only CBS success story. In recent years, CBS MBA graduates have landed positions at leading consulting firms such as Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey and Company.
the professional results of many CBS alumni are equally inspiring: up to 80% of them change jobs after graduation and 100% are hired within six months of completing their MBA. “I completely changed my path and my career. I am very happy with my decision,” says Rørvik.
Your career will skyrocket with CBS
The tailor-made career services At CBS you will find the connection between your studies and your postgraduate goals. Right from the start you have the opportunity to network, visit companies, attend various events and benefit from what the school has to offer MBA Alumni Networkthe largest of its kind in Scandinavia.
“It’s an intimate learning environment and our selectively small cohort allows participants to interact closely with us throughout the career program throughout the year. The program includes workshops, individual coaching, personal branding, company events and smaller professional breakfast and coffee meetings. We help participants secure rewarding post-MBA opportunities and we keep them informed with friendly networking sessions.” – Malene Sejer Larsen, MBA Career Manager
If you envision staying in Denmark after graduation, CBS will match you with an alumnus who will serve as your personal mentor, to help you plan strategic career moves and provide valuable insight into the local job market. Whether you’re looking for a new venture in a different industry or are moving from your current position to a leadership position, CBS has all the tools you need for entrepreneurial and managerial excellence – and to start your career with a bang.
At the end of your MBA year, you can Integrated Strategy Project (ISP) where you’ll test your newly acquired skills by working closely with a local company on a strategic business challenge. Another option is The internship project where you will be deployed in a Danish company to gain commercial insight, access cutting-edge research and techniques and much more. Internship project companies 2021 included Nordea Bank, Mærsk, Pandora, Novozymes and Milestone.
“I did an internship at Pandora and it was a great experience because I was able to apply what I learned in the classroom directly to my internship,” says Kelsey Frandsen, MBA graduate. “It taught me to pay attention to trends, keep an eye on the future of the industry and understand the importance of future-proofing companies.”
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