Meet Manuel, MSc E&I Student
Manuel Bilbao Vera from the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation talks about his motivations for studying at the University of Edinburgh Business School
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What attracted you to study at the Business School?
Diversity, connectivity and curiosity – these are the main features that attracted me to the Business School. Being in an environment where great minds from around the world come together in one place has allowed me the opportunity to take my learning to the next level, while giving me the networking platform to make new friends and potential business partners. I feel I can freely explore new and emerging knowledge here.
What do you think of the city?
Personally, I think Edinburgh is superb! With magnificent buildings dating back to the 12th century, this is a place where you can really explore Scottish traditions and cultures. Edinburgh has a very entrepreneurial ecosystem, which allows individuals to actively engage with business start-ups. Just imagining starting my own venture here is an amazing thought.
I am really amazed by the support provided by both the team and the teaching staff. They constantly help students to build their skills and reach their utmost potential. The Student Development Team provide professional skills workshops such as team building, presentation skills and networking strategies while the teaching staff support your academic development. I believe I am on the right track to success!
What is the best skill you have learnt?
Team working! When you first start working in your teams on your programme, it can be a challenge as everyone is from different backgrounds with different areas of expertise. In order to be a good player I have learnt to understand the different strengths and preferred working styles of my team members. I have also learnt to listen and value different opinions in order to reach a consensus within the team. These skills are important in today’s workplace and I believe the Business School has prepared me well for this.