Arshvir chose Brussels to get his MBA

"Brussels really is the ideal place to study international business."

Arshvir singh (india)

As a software developer at TATA Consultancy Services in India, Arshvir Singh was in a highly technical role. But he’d always been passionate about the managerial side of business. So after several years with the company, he decided to up his game and take on an MBA. 

He considered various programmes in the USA, UK and Europe – then he got in touch with a number of Vlerick alumni. They gave him a really good sense of what Vlerick was all about – and what he could expect from the MBA programme. So in 2015 he made the move to Belgium – and the Vlerick full-time MBA.

Arshvir says: “One of the deciding factors was Vlerick’s location in Brussels. It’s such a significant city in terms of business and government. And Vlerick really makes the most of its position. Throughout the programme we heard from guest speakers from top organisations – including Brussels Airlines, BNP Paribas, Siemens and Deloitte. And there were ample opportunities to meet with start-ups and SMEs, as well as large corporates at careers fairs and events. It really is the ideal place to study international business.”

Arshvir believes another advantage of studying in Brussels is the opportunity to network – which is a fundamental part of professional life. He says: “I’ve made so many connections – not simply in Belgium but also across the globe – from current students and alumni through to distinguished businesspeople. I know I’ll be drawing on my network in the future.”

“At first living in Brussels was a challenge – there were so many cultural differences. But it’s such a welcoming city. And now I’ve lived and studied abroad, I feel as though I could go anywhere in the world and thrive.”

Arshvir’s time at Vlerick has given him a strong combination of both business and technical skills. He says: “I can’t imagine having the same experience in India. The MBA programmes at home are very different – generally theory-based, and almost entirely focused on the hard skills.

“Vlerick is the opposite – you learn by doing. Finance and accounting lectures sit alongside personal development courses – including leadership, negotiation and change management. One of my highlights was a four-day seminar in the Netherlands on professional development, such as approaching businesspeople, bringing people into a team and resolving conflict. All of these are day-to-day professional situations – so the experience was incredibly valuable.”

As well as learning from the expert Vlerick faculty, Arshvir found peer-to-peer learning to be a huge part of his MBA experience. He says: “Our group was made up of different nationalities and backgrounds – and I learned from every single person. I’ve always been a team player, so it was wonderful to spend so much time working as a group and sharing experiences.”

Arshvir says: “The MBA programme has given me a solid grounding in business theory and practice. Before I started at Vlerick, I was inexperienced in many of the financial aspects of business management. But now I’ve extended my knowledge of this area substantially. I feel confident in it – and will continue to build on it.”

Now he’s graduated, Arshvir plans to stay in Brussels. He says: “I’m currently exploring a number of opportunities. I’m looking for a management role at a large IT company that will allow me to use my experience from TATA and build on my MBA skills and knowledge.”

“But over the next few years I plan to hold positions in a variety of business functions to gain a wide breadth of experience. I’ll then combine this with my entrepreneurial spirit to set up my own company. That’s my long-term goal.”

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