This post was written by first year MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation student Ana Fernanda.
My name is Ana Fernanda, a 23 years old proud Mexican and today I will talk to you about my entrepreneurial life in Oslo.
A little bit more about me: I graduated with a Bachelor in International Business from Tec de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe (Mexico City) in December 2018; and right now I am pursuing a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at BI Norwegian Business School Campus Oslo.
In my family, we have some entrepreneurs. I consider that as a factor for my proactivity in business. So, when I was around 10 years old, my grandparents owned a grocery store, and they start giving me basic activities, including observation of basic finance, and observation of the negotiations with providers; for me it was really interesting. When I was 16, I started working with my mom in our travel agency, so I have explored a lot of departments inside the company, even rebranding a whole company.
During my university time, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Business Incubator inside college, my motivation was helping others to make improvements and scaling up their projects such as I did in my company. My main task was analyzing business models of small Mexican companies. I really enjoyed being part of those processes because I consider that we never stop learning.
Last year, I was looking for opportunities outside Mexico to study a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and I can say that BI’s program was everything I expected in one.
My experience inside the classroom has been very insightful, due to the content of each course. The case studies that we need to read and connection with the theory make you build a different mindset in entrepreneurship and innovation. On the other hand, the interactivity between my classmates and professors is a great combination, because everyone has experience in different fields, and this make you build a whole new reality when listening to the perspectives of individuals in a same topic.
Regarding the career opportunities that this MSc can offer to you, is first of all, the ‘Start-up Development’, where they will teach you about starting and/or developing your company. Secondly, the Internship opportunities, BI’s network in Norway gives you the opportunity to be part of different start-up, incubators, local and international corporations, you just need to take a basic course and then explore your options. In third place, is the opportunity of going on exchange and choose from many countries and know more about how entrepreneurship and innovation is seeing by the eyes of other cultures.
The events inside BI for students are always a good idea. we receive a monthly newsletter by mail with the future activities that will take place at the campus. Speaking of business events in Oslo, you can take part in a Business innovation forum that lasting a whole week, to listen to conferences and go to networking events in an easy way.
One of the most important characteristics that companies look for when recruiting are your skills and how you learned to develop them. I consider that being part of extra academic activities, since they allow you to create a new version of yourself, both in theory and soft skills. How am I taking part? I am currently the vice-president and event manager at the BI Student Organization Business Society; our main goal is to create events that give the chance to learn something related to business trends by bringing speakers from different companies and also creating activities to bring our members to see how the companies work. Furthermore, volunteering in business events outside the campus is also a good experience. For example, I was ambassador at the Oslo Business Forum last September. Also, participating in courses that can bring you a real experience. For me, I was part of the Development Goals Forum 2020, in the case competition for the Innovation Camp activities.
The MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is really complete -it doesn’t matter if you own a start-up or not. The passion for understanding business, the motivation to keep learning and keeping an open mind to interact in teams, will help you to create solutions around you. By choosing this Master program, you will develop all those ideas inside you in a different level, by thinking, analyzing, mapping, prototyping and bringing to real life, better than you can imagine.
Last but not least, I asked some classmates to describe the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at BI:
“Studying the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is great for many reasons. One of them being the professors that genuinely care for your future, the high-quality classes and the great relationships in the class” (S.S)
“Studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation at BI allows you to be creative and explore new opportunities” (M.G)
“Studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation at BI change the perspective of the traditional way of doing business and helps to develop your own mindset” (A.E.)
“The MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, gives me valuable experience in helping business scale up, and a good foundation for starting my own business.” (E.M.)
Now I ask to you: What are you waiting to be part of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at BI Norwegian Business School?
Do not hesitate in contact me if you have more questions about the master program or the student life at BI!
Thanks for reading!