Sigrid Lasala Zamora studied Education, Labour Sciences (HR), Master in International Economics, Master in Therapeutic Pedagogy and Clinical Psychology and just finished the Diploma in Medicine at the Beijing Medical University. She is currently a lecturer at two universities in Beijing. In ENEB, she completed the MBA & Master in Business Management and Marketing.
Name and surname: Sigrid Lasala Zamora
City: Beijing, China.
Prior education: Education, Labour Sciences (HR), Master in International Economics, Master in Therapeutic Pedagogy and Clinical Psychology and just finished the Diploma in Medicine at the Beijing Medical University.
Training program carried out in ENEB: MBA + Master in Business Management and Marketing.
Job position: I am a lecturer of Business management and Leadership in two universities in Beijing: China Foreign Affairs University and Beijing Youth Pollitics College.
What motivated you to participate in that training program? Why ENEB?
I’m getting married and moving to India, where my husband is from, and I need an MBA to work at the university there, just like I do here in China, in the economics and business department. Anyway, I had wanted to do an MBA for some time. The truth is that when the rector of one of the most important universities in India told me, if you can study for an MBA you are hired, I did not hesitate and started looking for training programs. I searched for online programs, not only in Spain, but also in China and the US, but I chose ENEB because the price is more than affordable and, to be honest, as I am a teacher, I took a close look to the study program (contents, subjects and teaching hours and I found it the most specific, extensive and well focused). I was not wrong, the subjects even exceeded my expectations. I also chose marketing because I've always liked this field but I had never studied anything in that field specifically.
One of the main risks today, and I know it very well because I am in the field of education, are universities that offer masters and degrees without doing anything, which has become a fraud in a field so important for the quality of professionals and for the world of work in general. ENEB is the opposite, you are going to work hard, but you will also learn proportionally.
Professionally speaking, what are your short and long-term objectives?
My short-term goals are to move to India, work at the university there while I continue to tutor groups here in Beijing in the distance and set up a hospital in India (with my husband, who is a surgeon, we have this project). I am very sure that the knowledge obtained in the master's degree will be very useful for us.
Was it difficult for you to reconcile work and study? How many hours did you dedicate to your training program?
I have two jobs but many free hours in between (it takes two hours to get from one university to the other, which I can use to study). Although I have around 500 students, I only have work peak during the exam period (students tend to be interested in the subject at the last minute). The problem was that I was finishing Medicine at the same time and I was a bit busy, there were times when I was quite overwhelmed. You have to dedicate a lot of time to the MBA, especially to the assignments, but my secret to be able to combine several things at once (which is not a big secret), apart from my energy, is determination and a very good control of your time.
Here, in a city like Beijing, the very low temperatures almost force you not to leave home and study, but I can say that I spent about two hours a day working on it (without excuses and without skipping any day) until its completion.
Which subject did you find most useful?
I really liked each and every one of the subjects, because they are very practical and you learn even twice as much when working on the assignments. The assignments are so specific, practical and focused on problems that companies have nowadays that really "force" you to have to find out and learn how to solve problems, and that is what a person in business management really needs.
I especially emphasize the subjects of international trade and Supply Chain Management, because sometimes I export products from here to Spain and it has helped me to look for new ways of sending merchandise and to solve doubts and problems I had, as well as to compare exports with other countries . It has been a really interesting subject.
How did you organize your time to complete the training program?
As I said before, it is important to make a space in your day to day when you think about studying, just as who spends an hour every day to run or play sports, you have to look for about two hours or an hour and a half a day to be able to do it, without excuses. When you study every day (apart from being less hard) you are more likely to motivate yourself with what you are doing, and in the moments when you get to study you will be more productive.
In my case I studied in the two-hour journey that I have from one university to another. When I arrived at the other university I used the teachers' room to write, I did my three hours of class and then I went to study Medicine with the night group. So I just want to encourage you, it's difficult, but also possible.
Did you always get help from your tutors?
Yes, a lot. For those who do not know, here in China we have problems with the internet because the Chinese government does not allow the use of external pages to China, and I must use a VPN (which does not always work), which has made it very difficult to submit assignments , download documents, I had to repeat the tests several times because the website crashed... and using Google to search for information is impossible, so everything that I wrote was something that I thought with any support, so I encourage you not to search for as much information on Google and express what you understood.
What would you single out from your experience with ENEB?
My experience has been very good, I recommend this master’s degree and this business school to anyone who is in doubt. The materials are good and very well explained, the tests allow you to review and clarify, the assignments allow you to learn everything related to professional practice (sometimes there are too theoretical studies that are not adjusted to the real world, and this master’s degree is the opposite) and the human team is excellent. They are not only willing to teach and clarify concepts (or advise complementary bibliography), they also take into account your problems and help you very quickly (you feel you have more support that in many places where you study face-to-face).
Finally, would you like to add any further comments?
Finally, I want to thank you for your help, for what I have learned, for the Cum Laude honours and for your great feedback. Your programs are of quality and I will recommend them to anyone who asks me. A big THANK YOU.