Mario Munera, former student at EAE Business School, already knew that he wanted to develop the skills required to become a great manager. After taking the Master in Project Management at EAE Business School, he has been selected to take part in Heineken’s IGP and has the opportunity to work in one of the company’s sections at a global level. This involves “a great commitment and a challenge on a massive scale”, but Mario knows that it may be his “springboard to success”.
FIRST OF ALL, TELL US HOW YOU FELT WHEN YOU WERE TOLD THAT YOU HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR HEINEKEN’S IGP
Incredibly happy. Extremely honoured and excited to have made it through to the end of such an important and long process. At the beginning, you know what the programme is all about and the great reputation it has at an international level but, as you progress through the stages and try to absorb all of the information involved, what was once a wish becomes a dream and then a passion because you start to feel like part of the company.
WHAT DOES BEING SELECTED FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT PROGRAMME MEAN TO YOU PROFESSIONALLY?
It involves a great commitment a priori, as international exposure takes a key role in all of this. It also represents a challenge on a massive scale because, once you are selected, the company makes a large commitment to enhancing your performance and development. In short, for me, this is a springboard to success both in employment and professional terms, working with one of the most well-known brands in the world.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF THE PROGRAMMES?
I hope to grow in a comprehensive way, learn more about myself and develop my key skills that will enable me to take full advantage of the programme. In particular, flexibility and multicultural experience are aspects that I hope to foster in order to embark successfully on my career in the world of management.
HOWEVER, YOU ALREADY HAVE LOTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? IN WHAT WAY DOES THE FUTURE THAT LIES AHEAD OF YOU DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED TO DATE?
My past experience has brought me to where I am, but my future depends on taking full advantage of what Heineken offers on its Graduate Programme and developing the skills required to become the manager that I strive to be. In this new experience, I will have to be flexible, self-sufficient and open to feedback, always with extremely high expectations, as I will find out about my new assignments on the go.
YOU MAY GO TO AMSTERDAM. ARE YOU PREPARED TO SETTLE IN THE CITY?
I am still not sure where my first assignment will be. If it is Amsterdam, I hope to settle in quickly but I would like to imagine less traditional destinations, such as Lagos in Nigeria, where Heineken has a strong presence.
HAS THE OPPORTUNITY THAT HEINEKEN IS OFFERING YOU CHANGED THE FUTURE PROJECTS THAT YOU HAD IN MIND?
The IGP is a fast track in terms of developing managerial potential, so it is perfectly in line with the plans that I have had in mind for the last couple of years. On a more personal level, it is interesting to wonder where I will be next Christmas, where I will be celebrating my next birthday and so on. But that only makes me more excited and passionate about moving forward.
WHAT CONTIBUTION HAS EAE MADE TOWARDS ACHIEVING THIS GOAL?
EAE enable me to acquire a great deal of new knowledge throughout the course of my Master in Project Management and helped me to mature and gain experience in terms of working with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Moreover, I am particularly grateful to the Professional Careers team for their unconditional support when looking for my professional internship (Vodafone), and then in the admissions process to Heineken’s IGP.