Meet Nyenrode Business University MBA student ambassador Maria Nemchinova

Investing in an MBA was the best investment I’ve made in my life – Maria Nemchinova

We had the pleasure of catching up with Maria Nemchinova to discuss her decision to study for an MBA at Nyenrode Business University in The Netherlands. Maria is from the heart of Siberia in Russia, she made the decision to invest in her future and head to Amsterdam to join the Full-Time MBA September 2019 cohort at Nyenrode.

Maria carved a successful career in Higher Education for herself, however, she was looking for an intellectual challenge and wanted to level up in her profession. Maria decided to study an MBA, she realised to move ahead in her career she needed more business acumen and to broaden her network within her industry.

“I’m not from a privileged background, I was given the tool of education and that’s the only asset I had. The choice was to use it wisely and grow or don’t use it and stay at the same level!”


Maria opted to study in The Netherlands as it offers international students with the opportunity to stay in the country after graduation for 12 months. She also chose Amsterdam because of all the opportunities that the city holds, especially networking events!

Networking was Maria’s biggest take away from the MBA experience. Nyenrode has a strong alumni network so you’ll still feel connected to the university and your peers even after graduation. She expanded her corporate network with businesses that are tightly connected to Nyenrode, these global companies participated as guest speakers to inspire the MBA students on how to progress in their careers. The students had the opportunity to meet and network with the CEOs of companies such as Nestle, Phillips, Siemens, Vodafone – just to name a few!

“I had to choose to spend my savings on a mortgage or to invest in myself with an MBA. I chose the MBA and I don’t regret it for a second. Investing in the MBA at Nyenrode was the best investment I’ve made in my life.”


Would you like to know more about studying an MBA degree at Nyenrode? Reach out to Maria directly and ask her anything!

by Fern Pearson

Doing the coveted ‘triple jump’ after his MBA at Warwick Business School

Changing industry, function and country after his MBA: Michael Todd, Warwick Business School MBA alumnus


In a new podcast series from TheModernMBA, former MBA candidates explain how they are making the transition from typically unorthodox MBA sectors such as the arts, healthcare and, in this case, hospitality into business. The interviewee in this episode is Michael Todd, a South African native with a background in hospitality. He had worked in various locations in his native Africa as well as several European countries, so came into the Warwick Business School MBA as an experienced hotelier. He discusses making the coveted ‘triple jump’ – changing industry, function and country – to end up in the United Kingdom working as a consultant for JLL  Hotels & Hospitality Group.

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I was just really honest with myself in terms of what my skills were and what my experience was. I was able to layer that onto my story and tell a very interesting story which was very different to the story that most of my classmates or colleagues were telling.”

Michael is a Warwick Business School MBA alumnus who was part of the Class of 2018. Whilst initially unsure about the direction he wanted his career to take post-MBA, he treated the one-year program as a period of self-discovery both personally and professionally. Indeed, the question of authenticity was one that he stuck by throughout the program, ensuring to stay true to his beliefs and convictions to fulfill his career goals. He took advantage of the many networking opportunities afforded to an MBA candidate to ask himself where he would fit into different companies and industries, eventually meeting an influential UK hotelier who would become his
de facto business mentor over time.

Moving into a new industry in a new role didn’t necessarily mean ditching all of the skills that Michael had acquired in his career to date. Conversely, the challenge was to work out how his current skill set could be applied into a new role – and he subsequently discovered that the insights he had gained into business strategy, finance and operations in his former career could also apply to his new one as a consultant. For Michael, getting an MBA from Warwick truly was a life-changing experience.

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by Nick Harland