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"When you think about what you gain, the ability to perform more challenging work and manage broader issues is the main advantage.”

Tuomo Tiainen
Global Sourcing Manager, Marioff Corporation

Tuomo Tiainen works as Global Sourcing Manager at Marioff Corporation Oy, a global leader and innovator of high pressure water mist fire protection technology. Tiainen recently finished his MBA at Aalto EE and describes the experience as very gratifying.

“It had been quite a while since I last studied and I felt I was at a good point in my career to really challenge myself to develop as a professional,” Tiainen says.

After looking into all the larger MBA providers, he opted for Aalto EE. Tiainen gives several reasons for his choice: high-quality teaching, a well-structured program, versatility in electives – and the ample amount of studying together in a group, which he says was particularly to his liking.

“I feel learning in a group is more worthwhile than cramming on your own. The MBA gave me a change to work together with a broad range of people from different backgrounds. For me, this was a very positive experience, because prior to the MBA, my own networks were quite concentrated in industry,” adds Tiainen, who has built his career working in supply chain in industrial companies.

Tiainen enjoys a challenge. He admits that the MBA was hard work, with studies often times taking up evenings, weekends and even nights, but this was all something he expected from the start as part of the process and was willing to do.

I feel that the ability to perform more challenging work and manage broader issues is the main advantage. The MBA definitely expanded my perspective.”

“My primary goal was to challenge myself. I wanted to stretch my limits. I started each module aiming to find aspects of the topic at hand that were motivating and useful for my own professional growth – and then do my all to get the most out of it,” Tiainen reflects.

“For me, this approach definitely worked. When you look at the entire program and think about what you gain, there are all kinds of useful tools, new ideas and a great deal of insight, but I feel that the ability to perform more challenging work and manage broader issues is the main advantage. The MBA definitely expanded my perspective,” he says.

When asked to name highlights of his studies, Tiainen first mentions modules dealing with managing new or changing businesses.

Aalto MBA is a well-built entity, and after finishing, I feel I am better equipped to continue developing professionally in the future as well.”

“I found courses dealing with entrepreneurial matters and business model renewal both in small and large companies particularly interesting, but I could give other examples of highly useful modules as well. Finance modules, for example: they sharpened my prior skills and improved my ability to communicate financial issues. All in all, the Aalto MBA is a well-built entity, and after finishing, I feel I am better equipped to continue developing professionally in the future as well,” Tiainen points out.

Tiainen recommends pursuing an MBA at Aalto EE, with a word of caution: “You need to think about what it is that you want to learn. If you truly wish to push yourself and strive to develop as a professional, then this MBA is a great option and a rewarding experience. If you simply think you want a new degree on you CV and you are not prepared to put in the effort – well, then this is not for you or at least you will not gain the full benefit out of the experience.”

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