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?
Saturday, September 10, 2016: Two teams of MBA with internship students from the new 2016 cohort were on the hunt, representing Sacred Heart University in 9th annual Discover Luxembourg (2016) challenge.
The charity event which supported Stemm vun der Strooss, was organized by www.chronicle.lu in collaboration with the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) and the Ville de Luxembourg. Although this year’s theme color was orange, courtesy of ING Luxembourg, the 2016 Event Partner, the two SHU teams stood out and showed their SHU spirit wearing SHU LUX T-shirts.
The “discovery of the city” began from Place de Guillame in front of the LCTO and led students to the vibrant corners of Luxembourg City, many of which had never been spotted by these new residents. As contestants on the 8-10 km course, SHU students had the opportunity to explore and discover various facets of Luxembourg’s culture, history, technology and gastronomy, with eight Event Stations along the way in which they could participate in challenges to win points. They also had ten questions to answer, as well as 10 photographs to take and post on social media using the #discoverlux2016 hashtag.
Questions varied from topics on the Cold War, film and entertainment, and some related to the charity institution, Stemm vun der Strooss. Selfies were required at serveral, unique sites in Luxembourg; from The Sheep on Grand Rue to the Melusina Statue in Grund.
Even though we did not win, it was a wonderful bonding and learning experience for all of us. For me, the most entertaining aspect was posting selfies from locations across Luxembourg City
-Jouda Adada, Team Captain of Sacred Heart University Team 1
Discover Luxembourg was an amazing adventure! We had a lot of missions to complete around the city, such as posting pictures from certain places, solving puzzles and quizzes, and doing activities. My favorite one was one of the first challenges at the ING counter where we had to complete a two-meter long distance on a weird little machine that consisted of two pedals. It looked innocent and funny, but turned out to be pretty difficult to keep the balance on and not fall off of it. Even though we did not win, the best thing about this event was the fact that we got to spend an amazing time together representing our university in the atmosphere of fun. …and on top of that the weather was gorgeous!
-Patrycja Stala, Team Captain of Sacred Heart University Team 2.
Students even got a chance to meet and interact with SHU alumnus and local, Luxembourg entrepreneur, Lene Pederson, Founder of LeneLife, a business dedicated to promoting healthy and happy living through natural food and nutrition, exercise and individual growth.
At the end of the day both SHU teams completed the challenge reaching the final destination of Konvikt Centre on Ave Marie Therese where the prize/award ceremony was held! Way to go!
In August 2015 Gabriel Ristow Cidral traveled all the way from Brazil to join the SHU Luxembourg Welch MBA with internship program. Soon after his arrival he started his internship at PwC Luxembourg. Like any other student Gabriel worked long and hard hours to get the most out of his intern experience at PwC.
His hard-work paid off.
SHU is proud to report, in less than one year after starting his internship, and even before graduating, Gabriel has earned a full-time position as a Market Analyst at PwC.
SHU asked Gabriel about his experience as a SHU student and as an intern:
How did you find the life as a student in Luxembourg?
How do you feel being offered a full-time job before graduating?
Your journey from intern to full-time employee…
How did the MBA help to build your career?
Being on the field is always a wonderful experience, be it anywhere. The five students from SHU, Luxembourg had the first hand experience in Business market functions during their two weeks of 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program in the U.S. From July 17 to July 30, 2016, these students attended classes with their U.S. counterparts at SHU campuses in Stamford and Fairfield, and also visited corporate houses like NYSE, IBM, and Sandler O’Neil. Having been exposed to the bigger world, what were the main insights from the program? Let’s hear it from them.
Paulo Fernandes (Student, Welch MBA):
This was not my first trip to the U.S. but the experience was different and refreshing. The 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program created strong links between the MBA colleagues, both Luxembourg and the U.S. based.
Out of the corporate visits we had, I personally liked the Sandler O’Neill visit the most. The takeaways from the discussions with Bob Castrignano (Principal, Equity Sales, Sandler O’Neil), about what made his success, amongst other topics, were very interesting. The story about what happened to the company after 9/11 and his commitment to help rebuild the company was inspiring. A very good visit.
The classes were also very interesting. Obviously, due to cultural differences, professors and students have different point of views and perspectives on many subjects, which is a good thing as it created very interesting discussions.
During the weekdays we went to the beaches close to Stamford several times. We went for a run regularly and played sports such as Basketball and Tennis. For our free two-day weekend, we decided to rent a car and drive to Atlantic City. It was a lot of fun! We enjoyed the beach, the good food and the parties.
I realized the importance of connections and creating and keeping a good network with this trip.
Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)
The CONNECTIONS program was full of great moments, but this trip gave me the opportunity to meet new people with awesome perspectives and ideas on different business topics. This trip was my best experience, and of course it was more than what I expected. Being there, with perfect sunny days, visiting important companies and meeting new people, gave me the chance to acquire more business insights and earn new connections.
All the corporate visits gave me the opportunity to learn something new and also taught me some important lessons. The most interesting visit to me was to the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). It was so exciting to see people working on the trading floor, a place which I am used to seeing in photographs, newspaper and on business TV channels.
The SHU students from Fairfield are friendly and everyone supported us for any need. They are competent and showed engagement during classes. It is difficult to compare professors, because all our professors are amazing professionals that answer all our questions concerning doubts or curiosities. Through an international perspective, all classes were explained under different point of views, and everyone was unique.
I enjoyed every corner of New York City. I visited the MOMA, the Rockefeller center, Atlantic city and also some amazing beaches, such as West Beach and Cove Island Park in Stamford. I will remember the nice people I met from this trip and all the efforts of Prof. Mary Trefry who worked a lot for this program. And New York City, with all its chaos and frenetic life, it was simply magic.
Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)
With this trip I reinforce the importance of the technology-enabled connections and the social capital and also the importance of developing strong and weak links through social media and different technology based channels.
All our corporate visits were very interesting, but IBM visit was my favorite. We met Watson, the technology platform that use natural processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data (http://www.ibm.com/watson/what-is-watson.html). This kind of machines can really improve the capacity to analyze large amounts of data and help in decision making processes in any service or industry.
We had very good lectures and group discussions about Developing Social Capital in the era of global networks connections, Marketing in the age of social media and Big data and predictive analytics. We had an excellent atmosphere between the Luxembourg based students and developed very good relationship with the US based students. In class, we had interesting debates about US presidential elections, sustainability and environment, where we could see differences of opinions.
Meetings and dinners with SHU professors like Alfred Steinherr and Mary Trefry and with US executives like Richard Robustelli and Robert Castrignano were very interesting and enriching.
Now that we all are back, we expect to keep in contact with the U.S. based students and maintain the great relationship we built with them.
In less than 24 hours five students from SHU Luxembourg, Jack Welch College of Business, will fly off to the main University campus in Fairfield, CT (U.S.) for the 2016 USA-Luxembourg Connections Summer Enrichment Program. Participating students have the incredible opportunity to visit some of the big U.S. corporate houses in NYC and meet one-on-one with leading professionals from Bloomberg, IBM, JP Morgan, NYSE and Sandler O’Neill (investments & trading). Throughout the two-week excursion, students will also get the chance to interact with the U.S. faculty and study alongside U.S. students—all while earning elective credits in their MBA program for the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management.
There is an air of excitement and anticipation among the Lux students as they eagerly pack and prepare for tomorrow’s take-off, so SHU decided to check in with the lucky students and see what some of their expectations are for the trip. Here’s what they had to say:
Maria del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez (Student, Welch MBA with internship)
I am very excited to embark on this new experience because this will be my first time at SHU’s Graduate Center in Stamford, Connecticut. I am also enthusiastic about the course BU 687 Contemporary Issues in Global Management because it will cover interesting topics concerning new trends that impact global businesses such as: social media and networking, cyber security, environmental changes, etcetera.
Thanks to this cross-cultural connection, I will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other students in the U.S. I hope to build a strong relationship with others by sharing my opinions and discussing different topics.
During the course I want to gain more awareness about the latest development in global business and I want to acquire a new vision that will make me responsible with my actions in the future. I am looking to achieve a higher level of professional knowledge and develop new skills; gain a high level of English knowledge and, more generally, become more competitive. I am curious to know about the culture in the United States—to learn about other people’s lifestyle and enjoy visits at important companies, such as New York Stock Exchange, IBM, JP Morgan, Bloomberg, while also enjoying some sight-seeing trips and social events.
Fabián Mejía Pinto (Student, Welch MBA)
I’m very excited to participate in this Connection Enrichment Experience. It is a two-week program including sight-seeing, corporate visits and social events. I’m looking forward to having stimulating discussions on how technology-enabled connections affect us as individuals, organizations and societies, and to meet our classmates of the SHU U.S. campus and to have a great experience.
Iría Martinez (Student, Welch MBA)
I am extremely excited to be part of the U.S. program and I look forward to enriching discussions in class between the U.S. and European minds. This will also be an amazing opportunity for me to spend some time in New York; a city I have always been in love with, and come to know what life is like across the “big pond”. SHU Luxembourg has been very helpful in facilitating the application process with clear guidance and support, as well as Professor Mary Trefry, who I really look forward to meeting in person and spending memorable days with.
Danijela Radic and Paulo Fernandes from the Luxembourg MBA Class of 2016 will also be joining the program with Maria, Fabián, and Iría.
SHU wishes them a meaningful learning experience and a safe journey!