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Pablo Martinez Pablo Martinez
I was born in Galicia, NW Spain, 36 years ago, and I am a Marine Sciences Graduate. I left Spain 11 years ago to become a researcher in Denmark, but soon found business a much more interesting way of spending my days.

Since then I worked sourcing in countries like Namibia, China and now Vietnam. In Vietnam I manage a coffee trading company, exporting Vietnamese coffee to 3 continents. I am currently a student at the Global MBA, and when time permits, I will be glad to share my experiences in this blog.

Pablo Martinez
April 16, 2010
Managing Expectations

Last week me and Veronique (one of those great people you meet on an MBA) were talking about the reasons to study IE’s Online GMBA. After we discussed about our impressions so far. As you can see Veronique likes talking more tan I do…


So Pablo, are your expectations being fulfilled


Most definitely. At the begging I was afraid it would be a MBA “light”, but it isn’t at all. When I talk to other people studying online degrees, you can see the different is massive. The following up, the constant assignments, deadlines, quizzes… I know it sounds like a nightmare, but I actually wanted that, but at the same time being able to combine it with my professional life. Of course, sleeping had to get out of the mix. What about your expectations?


Well we are half way through and I have learned or let’s say experienced a lot. The MBA will not make us brainier in several like Marketing or Financial Accounting.  That is wishful thinking and if you expect that you should not go for the MBA. They provide us with several tools we will be able to use in future, the profs challenge and strengthen our analytical skills and bring us to think differently and out of the box….Personally, I think the most valuable experiences we can gather are during the team discussions…this is a  real challenge!! Imagine we all are not the most stupid ones, highly motivated and on top of that pretty keen to push our individual ideas. So the discussions can be really interesting, having people from different background, level of experiences stating their opinion and finding a way the whole team can live with…

Well, we should actually talk about your experience with your group another time….so sorry, but after midnight in Germany and I need to finish the paper our group has to submit tomorrow at 8.00….let’s see if we get the A… :))

Pablo Martinez
March 26, 2010
Why the GMBA Online?

Veronique and I were discussing the reasons why we decided to study the GMBA On-line. Here is why…
Hi Veronique,
I guess we are supposed to talk about our motivations to study the Global MBA On-line, and try to answer some questions the readers might have. I suppose we all at GMBA2010 have different reasons to opt for an online MBA instead of a traditional one. Some of us don’t have any other chance due to geographical and professional circumstances. In my case, not many schools offered MBA programs in Vietnam, and I couldn’t afford to leave my job. Others, bless them, think on-line courses are easier, less demanding, while still carrying the value of such renown institution as IE. There are some that find on-line MBAs an appealing combination of top education with high-tech innovative learning approach. Many reasons.

So Veronique, why did you decide to study on-line? What’s your story?

It’s me Veronique 🙂 well, the original idea was really to get a degree which gives you and international recognizes standard level of education. I am from Germany, so with applying to any local or international active company they will first look to your education degree, where you get it from, and of what level of degree etc. So it was also a key decision for me not to choose just any school but one of the leading schools within the MBA segment. Actually, the funny thing I experienced, I really wanted to go for the MBA but I did not want to take a year off to live in a “bubble” like environment . And be sure I know it is like that, as my partner did a full time MBA on-campus and it was like they were all living in their own world….it was weird, as those guys were reading the FT every day but after one year did not had really forgotten about what real life is. On top of that they were told how great they are with their top-education…honestly, many of them really had trouble to get back to reality, into a normal working environment where they were just anyone and not in a limited circle of top students….okay…that was a loop so coming back to why I had chosen IE: I just wanted to continue my life as it was – even though I must admit it has changed drastically, still to the positive. I wanted to attend a top MBA school and I liked the idea of the structure with the technology sector though, as I know from my daily life at work that those tools we are using are becoming more and more important. So here I am…

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