Full-time MBA Alumna Cynthia Herrera: “The greatest takeaways from HHL: I expanded my horizon and really enjoyed being part of a dynamic and multicultural environment”
After completing her studies in the full-time MBA program at HHL in 2007, Cynthia who is originally from Mexico continued her career in finance and is now Principal Auditor at BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking in London, UK.
She provided us with exciting insights about her motivation to study at HHL and what she took out of the program personally and professionally.
Before studying my MBA, I studied a master degree in Belgium and did an internship in the Netherlands. Following these enriching experiences, studying an MBA abroad again was one of my career and personal goals after having some work experience.
Being an enthusiastic professional with a global mind-set through my education, internships and work experience in Mexico and different European countries, I have acquired a diversified experience in various roles in the banking sector. In my current role as a Senior Auditor for Investment Banking activities, I am responsible for conducting audit credit assignments, making financial analysis and giving recommendations to different stakeholders of the Corporate & Investment Banking Divisions in order to improve efficiency and mitigate risks.
Studying at HHL, helped me to develop a wider business perspective and a clearer understanding of the dynamics of doing business in Europe. In addition, it provided me with knowledge of international management and finance combined with practical consulting projects and internships which are an excellent complement to add valuable experience and that encourage to work in teams, apply strategic thinking that is essential in a changing and competitive work environment.
The greatest takeaways from the school besides that I expanded my horizons in international business and that I got a good foundation of finance and business combined with a good mix of real case studies, and internship abroad is that I had the opportunity to develop my international mindset.
I really enjoyed being part of a dynamic and multicultural environment. Relationships with different nationalities taught me to understand about different cultures and values and to interact with different working styles. When you work in a team, there are different ways of thinking about how to solve a problem, however, the challenge is to put things into perspective and move forward as a team. In addition, the opportunity to learn another language enriched my personal development.