Anna Kompaniyets (International MBA 2012) has been chosen as Women of the Month  of July. Here’s her story:
As for many of us, the decision to do an MBA was a focal point to bring all that beautiful changes in my life which I experience right now. To IE I came from retail sector where I worked for Metro Cash & Carry as a PR manager. I remember 18th of May 2012, our graduation ceremony, many of my friends were coming back to their countries, some were eager to stay in Europe, and only me did not have a clear plan. Actually I did. It was the plan ¨not to come back to Ukraine, but to stay and look for a job in Spain¨ – quite ambitious, especially after the second wave of the crisis. I applied to all opportunities, but without EU visa it was very difficult to receive even first invitation for the interview. And then my MBA friend told me that Burger King is opening new division in EMEA and they are building up the team. I did my due diligence and reached the company. In 2 months I started in Burger King EMEA as Sr. Marketing Manager. With this new career step I changed the country, the sector, and the function. Don´t try to change all three, this is what we heard so many times. But this is what happened to me. During two years I was rotating through different marketing roles, being responsible for more than 15 international markets building and implementing data driven brand strategy.
And now is the time for the next move, just a month ago I started in NH Hotels as a Global B2C Customer Relations Manager. The role and industry is completely new for me but I feel very enthusiastic to take this challenge! This is a time in my career when I need more equilibrium between my professional and private life.
So… only 2 years passed after the graduation and now Madrid is my second home, my daughter speaks perfect Spanish, and I completely changed my career. I am very happy and feel that with an open mind, desire and trust, everything is possible.