17. June 2014

Career Spotlight: Sebastian Predica, MBA

Today in conversation with Sebastian Predica, MBA, Corporate Sales Manager, Peugeot Romania, Alumnus of the Professional MBA Automotive Industry class 2010-2012

Why did you decide to participate in this program?
I decide to participate in this program because I saw a very good opportunity to develop myself as a manager in my future career in automotive industry. The future of automotive industry is now decided on one hand by actual economic conditions and on the other hand by the new technologies applied in terms of “green cars”. In these times you should be prepared for new challenges and quick changes.

Can you describe the program in three sentences?

  • Professional;
  • Intense;
  • Business oriented.

How did you benefit from the program personally? (Networking, management of relationships)
It was a great opportunity for me to develop business and personal relationships with my teachers and colleagues. In fact, I have met colleagues and after a few meetings in Vienna we became friends.

Do you have any advice for our future students?
My advice for future students is to be always curious and to accept challenges in their career. That can help develop both personally and professionally. Automotive MBA program in Vienna University is a challenge, but the results are more than expectations.

What comes to your mind when you think about the program? What were the highlights?
First thing that comes in my mind is about the applicability of each module in the practice. Each end of the modules was dedicated to explore the practice in a factory or in a commercial area, without exception, even if it was about HR, Accounting or Sales processes.

Can you apply your knowledge on an international level?
Yes, that’s one of the most important benefits from an MBA. I believe that such a program should lead to a better view to an OEM business and can keep together specialists who speak the same business language.

Do you believe that the program is internationally renowned? What is your experience with your university degree abroad?
Studying in Austria: what was your experience as an international student?
I was waiting each week to travel to Vienna. Besides the city, where the culture is at home, the University is one of the oldest from Europe. It was a multi-cultural environment and a cross-cultural one too. Even that most of my colleagues were engineers, the culture diversity was for me the most important experience as an international student.

What is your motto?
„Business is rooted in human resources.“

Which book do you read currently?
Matsushita Leadership by John P. Kotter

(Interview dtd. June 17, 2014)


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