As the world becomes more globalized and technology changes the way we work, it is more important than ever for MBAs to know the latest developments in the world of technology and entrepreneurship.
The Financial Times found that one in three employers struggled to find MBA graduates with the right skills and one of the five most important skills indicated by employers was the understanding of digital impact on businesses.
It is essential now that the MBAs choose a business school that reflects this growing trend, and for the graduates Eleonora Ferrero and Andrea Camacho Mattos, the only option.
"I had a chat with people from different business schools," says Andrea, "and the best impression I had was from Hult."
Eleonora also found Hult the best solution for her needs. "I had some priorities for my MBA: it had to be very focused on entrepreneurship and highly international," he explains. "Hult was definitely the best for this criterion."
On Hult's MBA, students have the opportunity to rotate between three of the school's six global campuses, located in both established technology hubs and emerging markets: London, San Francisco, Boston, Dubai, Shanghai and New York.
Students also have the opportunity to take electives in disruptive technology, preparing them for any changes in the future world of innovation.
Networking in Silicon Valley
Andrea has a training in engineering and has completed his university studies and masters in the field in his native Italy.
After the transition from the business side of engineering and working as project manager for Danieli, a supplier of equipment for the metallurgical industry, Andrea decided it was time to integrate his engineering and commercial experience with an MBA .
"I wanted to work a little more on my teamwork and project management, and have more technical experience with it," he says.
"The differentiator that made Hult stand out was also the background of the students," he explains. "I wanted to learn from someone with a background other than me."
Hult certainly attracts a diverse group of professionals: there were over 160 different countries represented in the overall student population of Hult in 2017-18, and MBA students came from diverse backgrounds such as real estate, non-profit and health care.
Andrea chose San Francisco as his "home campus", spending ten months completing the main modules of the city. It was Andrea's experience in the heart of Silicon Valley that made the difference when it came to finding a job in the technology sector.
"When you're in San Francisco, it's hard not to have a relationship with the Silicon Valley technology industry," he says. "The San Francisco Hult campus has a lot of action among local startups."
During the MBA, Andrea worked with a local startup in Silicon Valley, Bizruptor, helping to design a strategy to help the company enter the US market.
He now works in London for Profusion, a marketing agency that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to connect brands with customers, a company that had already hired Hult graduates. It is this network of pupils that is more precious, says Andrea.
"I would definitely say that Hult's interior is a huge interest in technology, and that's because there's such a mix of different students," he observes. "The network of Hult alumni is a very strong technological community."
From consulting to digital innovation
Eleonora Ferrero (In the picture) he began his career in consulting, first for Deloitte and then for a small boutique consultancy company in Milan, Italy.
The decision to make an MBA came after Eleonora started her own business and realized that what she needed was a more in-depth company knowledge. "When you start an activity, you realize how much you do not know," he recalls.
He chose Shanghai as his main office, but chose to shoot in San Francisco during the last part of his MBA, taking a look at life in Silicon Valley.
Eleonora also took advantage of the wide variety of options offered by Hult: apart from the main modules in traditional MBA topics, Hult offers electives in disruptive technology, which may include courses on AI, the Internet of Things, drones and blockchain.
These are courses that are helping Eleonora in her current role, as Director of European Operations at Mind the Bridge, an innovation consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs and start-ups.
"Mine helped me to have a more global view of technology trends and also to learn how to analyze the market," he notes. "I have really learned many tools and methodologies that help identify trends and speak technical languages in different geographical areas.
"I truly believe that the variety of subjects discussed during the Hult MBA and the variety of companies with which you study and interact are extremely valuable, really gives you a perspective on what is needed".