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From Professional to Student-Intern and Back Again!

Full Circle: How One Student’s Journey to Luxembourg for Love, Brought Him to SHU

Edward Henry took a leap of faith when he moved to Luxembourg for his [now] fiancée in 2014—leaving behind his well-established career in the U.S.A.—to start fresh in the European Capital of Luxembourg.

Starting from scratch in a multilingual and multicultural country like Luxembourg is not a cakewalk.

Edward’s only hope for making a professional transition, he says, was to go back to being a student and pursue an MBA at the Sacred Heart University Jack Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. The MBA with internship program at SHU Lux was the perfect fit. Known for being an ‘opportunity provider’ for its students, SHU opened its doors to Edward, and brought to light his opportunities in the Luxembourg job market.

And the rest is history…

After graduating in 2015, Edward Henry, MBA, is now an Internal Auditor at Grohe Group.

SHU caught up with Edward for an exclusive interview about his unique journey to Luxembourg:

How did you first hear about the MBA with internship program in SHU?
How did you find life as a student in Luxembourg?
What was your journey like, from being a student/intern to a full-time employee?
Any changes in your personal/professional life while you were pursuing the MBA?
How did the MBA help to build your career in Luxembourg?

Here’s what Edward had to say…

SHU in Oxford Debate – Luxembourg Finance in a World of Transparency

“A new financial services sector is necessary”?

Oxford Debate

With transparency requirements increasingly being strengthened, are current and future initiatives sufficient to maintain the country’s economic well-being?

Location: Banque Internationale à Luxembourg – BIL
69 route d’Esch
L-2953 Luxembourg

Date: November 9, 2016

Time:  18:30 Welcome Cocktails
17:00 First Debates

Supporting the statements are Prof. Alfred Steinherr (Academic Director, SHU) and Jean-Sébastien Zippert (Etika – Initiativ fir Alternativ Finanzéierung)

And in the opposition will be Tom Theobald (Luxembourg for Finance) and Philipp von Restorff (ABBL)

For Registration: Click here

The Rundown on 2017 Tax Reform in Luxembourg from SHU Alum Frédéric Scholtus (MBA ’12)

What Individuals Can Expect from Proposed 2017 Luxembourg Tax Reforms

Le coin des Big 4 / Les grandes lignes de la réforme fiscale 2017 pour les personnes physiques- LE JEUDI- OCTOBRE 6, 2016

Frédéric Scholtus
Frédéric Scholtus, Associate Partner, in charge of Global Mobility Services in the tax department, KPMG Luxembourg

Pour l’impôt des personnes physiques, cela se matérialise entre autres par une nouvelle répartition des tranches de revenus imposables, la refonte des crédits d’impôt et l’introduction de nouveaux taux d’imposition qui impacteront le porte-monnaie des ménages en 2017.

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“Today I can manage time very well”- Monika Singh

Introducing Monika Singh: the newest Marketing Manager at Amazon EU!

Just as her student-days in the MBA with internship program at the SHU Jack Welch College of Business in Luxembourg are coming to a close, Monika Singh secured a full-time position with Amazon.

Monika, an accompanying spouse, started her MBA program in the fall of 2015 and immediately set her internship sights on Amazon. She will be the first to tell you it wasn’t easy, but over the last year, her drive and determination lead Monika to achieving her goal and landing a full-time role with the company.

As she completes her final courses in the MBA program, SHU checked-in to ask Monika about her life as a student and now, as an employee in Luxembourg:

How did you find life as a student in Luxembourg?
How does it feel to be offered a full-time job in Luxembourg?
How has the MBA helped develop your career?
Any changes in your personal life since you started the MBA program?

Here’s what Monika had to say…

Plagiarism In The Digital World

By David G. Taylor, Ph.D.

Today, it is easier than ever before to commit plagiarism, and the lines are as to what constitutes plagiarism have grown fuzzier and hazier. As a result, even marketers who consider themselves ethically constrained may cross those lines.

As a university professor, fighting student plagiarism is a battle as old as my profession, but today it is even more difficult. Students can copy and paste entire documents with a few keystrokes. But plagiarism has also become more difficult to define. Our university handbook defines plagiarism as “misrepresenting the sources of one’s information and ideas” or “presenting another person’s written words or ideas as one’s own.”

In the age of social media and content aggregation, this notion seems almost quaint. Content sharing and assimilation is an integral part of the social media environment, and millennials have grown up in this world. But it’s not unique to the younger set. When any of us connected consumers find something that catches our fancy, we “like”, “retweet” or “share” it. It’s the social part of social media.

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Marketers are no different. There is a world of content out there, and we want to share it with our customers, or highlight information that support our messages. It’s a vital part of maintaining our presence in digital and social media. But it’s easy to slip into questionable acts of plagiarism. How many times have I needed an image for a PowerPoint presentation, and simply copied and pasted from Google? More than I’m willing to admit.

The format in which Google returns search image results, in particular, makes the process of plagiarism seem more innocuous. We receive a page of images disconnected from their source, and a simple right-click makes it our own. Similarly, it’s a short leap from using text as source material to just copying it outright. With all of the sharing going on, it can also be difficult to cite original sources, even if we want to. For example, in researching this article, I found an info-graphic that claimed that the level of plagiarism on the Internet could exceed 63%. I found no source for this statistic, despite URLs listed as sources, so I am not going to cite it as fact, tempting as it may be. I will simply say that this claim exists on the Internet.

As a marketer, there are steps you can take to avoid becoming part of the significant percentage of Internet content (whatever that percentage may be) that is plagiarized:

Don’t use Google image search as a content tool.

Just don’t do it. Subscribe to a royalty-free stock image service such as ShutterStock instead.

Use hyperlinks to refer readers to the original source.

It is unlikely the content owner will complain if you cite a short snippet of their text and drive traffic to their site. (If you’re reading this and want to share it on your website, feel free. Just link this page.)

When retweeting or otherwise sharing posts, be sure the original source appears prominently.

If you’re sharing an industry report, attribute whatever you say to the organization that created it.

Avoid retweeting images or graphics.

Unless you have explicit permission to share, or the image appears in your Facebook feed when you share a link to a page, use text and hyperlink to the image. (And, of course, credit the source.)

Don’t copy and paste text.  

Unless you are planning to directly quote text, don’t copy and paste it into a new document.  It’s a commonly used shortcut – copy, paste, then change the copied text to paraphrase – but too often the last step is either insufficiently original, simply overwriting a word here or there, or skipped altogether.  Rather than copying and pasting the original text, type the paraphrased section on the new document in your own words (and, of course, be sure to attribute the source material.)

David G. Taylor, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Marketing at Sacred Heart University.  Dr. Taylor has more than 12 years of experience in the interactive marketing industry, and his research into online branding, social media and digital marketing has appeared in top academic journals.  

The Student Becomes the Teacher: Alumnus Returns to SHU Lux as Guest Lecturer

Leading & Influencing with Integrity, a compulsory course in the MBA program, has always been an interactive and dynamic course. But on Monday’s session, the classroom transformed into a theater when Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and SHU Alumnus, Tom Leick-Burns, MBA (Class of 2012) took the stage in his debut role as Guest Lecturer.

Having been a former student in the course, Professor Mary Trefry initially invited Leick-Burns to speak to her class to offer some insight as to why he decided to pursue an MBA and share a bit of his professional/life experiences.

It has only been a year since Leick-Burns succeeded his predecessor Frank Feitler, as the Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Speaking on the context of being a leader after being an employee of the company for nearly 10 years, he says,

When I was appointed as the Director, I was very nervous about how the job would go. The trust that Frank put in me was equally flattering and terrifying. I used to compare myself with him and people used to ask me what changes I would bring in. But then I realized that I am what I am and I shouldn’t compare myself with anyone. I told everyone that I am not going to change anything, but will certainly develop things. If you are true to yourself, you can achieve a lot of things.

WGB 612 Leading & Influencing with Integrity Guest Lecture, Tom Leick-Burns, offers his wisdom and insight on pursuing an MBA and being Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Elaborating on the need to believe in yourself, Leick-Burns added,

I know that I have worked hard for the job and I did my MBA so that I am qualified for the job. So why should I doubt myself?

According to Leick-Burns being a leader means one has to be a fast learner, and also be able to make decisions quickly. He explained that you don’t always have time get everyone’s input, therefore having a core team of trusted and authentic colleagues to discuss your decisions amongst  is a crucial component of a successful leader.

Despite the class running late into the evening , both students and Leick-Burns were equally enthusiastic to engage in a Q&A session.

QUESTION

What challenges have you faced as a leader?
– Samy Mzabi, Welch MBA student

ANSWER

The main challenge for me was to shut out the voice in my head saying, ‘you are not good enough’. Once you get that out, you will have clear thoughts.
– Tom Leick-Burns, Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, MBA (Class of 2012)

QUESTION

As a leader, how to do you draw a line between being a friend and being a boss?
– Jouda Adada, Welch MBA with internship student

ANSWER

To strike out a balance, one needs to know and understand one’s job and responsibilities very well. From my experiences and from what I have learnt, you don’t need to shout at people to get things done.

If you are authentic with your colleagues, you can earn the respect and the trust that is necessary to succeed in a leadership role.
– Tom Leick-Burns, Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, MBA (Class of 2012)