He talks to us about being trilingual, working alongside talented classmates, and what is next in store for him after MBS.
Mirko Ancelotti is a 25 year old MBS student studying Masters of Management, Finance. He is from Parma, Italy. Mirko holds a double degree from Catholic University in Italy, and NEOMA Business School in France.
"I believe that MBS is what the world should look like; many different people, with different passions, languages, cultures and values"
Q:What’s something people wouldn’t know about where you grew up?
A: According to Forbes Parma and its region has the Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure.
Parma is also called the little Paris, because of the French touch due to the relationship between Napoleon and Parma’s Duchess.
Q: Growing up, would you ever believe you would be living in Australia?
A: Not at all, 4 years ago I was very attached to my country and I would have never thought I was about to learn 2 languages and live on the opposite side of the world
Q: What philosophies or mantras help guide you?
A: For 14 years I have been part of a group scout and a mantra that I learnt and align with my values is:
“Leave this place better than you found it” which is the main value of Scouts and its founder Robert Baden-Powell.
Q: What have you learned about yourself being so far from home?
A:I learned to be independent and to be able to spend time by myself, something that I couldn’t do when I was at home. Further, I love to spend time with people with different backgrounds and savor different cultures by making new friends. So, I learned to be more extroverted and interact with new people.
"You can never know what is going to happen on your way."
Q: How does your native society value education?
A: I strongly believe that Italy is the cradle of civilization. My country had along its history many inventors, travellers and artists that make our country one of the most loved in the world. Beside it, personally I believe that in the last decades there is a lack of values among young generations with people who are not very focused on education and long-term ambitions and dreams. The government which reflects the mindset of Italians; it is not investing enough in Education and that could be an explanation of why many brilliant students try to challenge themselves overseas.
Q: Has MBS changed your outlook on what you want to do with your career?
A: All along my universities pathway I had clear ideas about my future, I strongly think that MBS helped me to finally shape them. The opportunity to work alongside with brilliant and different students allowed me to keep challenging myself and become a valuable team worker.
Q: How do you find balance in the busy world of graduate studies?
A: I think to be a “YES man” and I try to keep myself occupied because it allows me to understand how to prioritize tasks. That’s why during my last two semesters I’m enthusiastic to be part of two associations as MBSSA and 180 Degrees Consulting which allow me to build a large variety of soft skills. Sometimes weeks are very busy but the passion that I put on what I’m doing help me to balance my life and keep the time for hanging out with friends and playing soccer.
Q: What’s a culture that MBS has encouraged you to learn more about?
A: I believe that MBS is what the world should look like; many different people, with different passions, languages, cultures and values who try to know each other and solving conflicts which are normal and collaborate alongside for keep growing all together. This is what MBS means for me.
Q: Do you make plans? Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 3 years?
A: Yeah, I like to plan my life and I love to see how I do not respect these plans. I live my life as a journey and you can never know what is gonna happen on your way. By the way, I’m going to graduate in December and I will apply for the graduate visa and try to get a chance in Australia, then in the more long term after 2 years I would love to do a solo trip around South East Asia and settle down in what I think to be my city, Amsterdam.
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