Online MBA Participant Maaike

Maaike Van Craen
Online MBA participant

Maaike Van Craen “It surprised me that it isn’t only about how to work in a team within your job, but also outside of your job, how you can be a better person.”

If you say business school or MBA for me it is the same as talking about Vlerick, everybody knows Vlerick, so the first thing I looked for when I chose to do an MBA was Vlerick. When I saw the online programme it really interested me, as I don’t have the time to attend classes. For me Vlerick was an obvious choice, it has a good name and everybody knows it is a good institution.

For me the prospect of the Vlerick Online MBA was very attractive, I have a demanding and busy work schedule and my workload can be very changeable. I liked the idea of being the boss of my own schedule, to do the Online MBA whenever I want. Sometimes I am free on a Monday, others I won’t be free for a whole week, because of this changing schedule I am sure I wouldn’t be able to make even half the classes on a campus programme. I like the idea that you can study more or less whenever you want, the flexibility is a really important thing for me.

I am really enjoying it because it’s all new to me so I like all the things I’m learning and it’s nice that on the programme you are split into small groups so it is easy to get to know everybody. The synchronous sessions at the weekend are beneficial, you are able to speak to all the people who have the same mind-set and are ready to go for it. 

The synchronous sessions are really interesting. At first I thought negatively about having calls on some Saturdays but in reality it’s not the case, it is over before you know it, it is really interactive, and everyone gets an opportunity to talk because you’re in a small group. It is much more interactive than my experiences of being in a classroom. It is especially useful to have this time to talk together, you learn immediately and not like a lecture at all.

What I am lacking is knowledge in economics, business thinking, leadership or marketing or management. So to distinguish myself from all the others who fit this same profile I realised I needed to do an MBA. 

This Online MBA is a very complete programme and very general, you learn about all aspects of business and I thought this would benefit my personal development. Even if I don’t switch jobs for a few years it will make me a better person to work with because of all the skills I will learn. The main reason for the MBA is because it interests me but I realise it will benefit me if I change jobs or career later down the line. 

“The course isn’t only about the part you can use on your job, I am learning about things you can apply to your daily life, like raising children!”

If you want to accomplish something, the programme shows you, how you do it, how you react, this was very insightful. It surprised me that it isn’t only about how to work in a team within your job, but also outside of your job, how you can be a better person.

If it is on your mind to do the Online MBA, you should just go for it! It took me a lot of time to decide if I should do the Online MBA, I wondered if it would be interesting, but I believe everyone can use this in their role, you are sure to advantage from it. The great feature about the online programme is the flexibility; you can combine it around your life. Look at your goals, at the courses, and if a few things appeal then you should go for it, don’t be afraid to take the next step. A great feature is that you can pay for every course separately, so you can spread the cost.

“Actually almost everything on the programme so far has been really interesting and eye opening, I am really happy to be doing it.”

Before I started I was intimidated by the idea of a business school and an MBA as the stereotype is you have to be a CEO to do an MBA otherwise it isn’t necessary or beneficial. Now when I see the group of people I am studying alongside it is a very diverse group, we have people of all levels. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of it like I was, everyone is down to earth, helpful, and we all understand each other. We all have the same mind-set and it is wonderful to have that like-minded feeling. It may be a bit scary at first for some people but you just have to do it and everything will be okay!

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Accreditations & rankings

  • Association of MBAs
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Financial Times