Meet the Warwick MBA Class of 2018

Tanja Alsheimer 

Warwick Business School 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Swedish/Finnish lover of life, who enjoys exploring and learning new things in life.

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland & Malmö, Sweden

Fun Fact About Yourself: I used to represent my secondary school in 4x100m running competitions.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Helsinki, Master of Arts (Archaeology) & Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology)

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: 

Selection of Key Roles 2006-2017:

Project surveyor- Kings Valley Project-Basel University (Egypt)

Deputy Field Director- Academy of Finland (Egypt)

Supervisor- Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd. (Ireland)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It would be managing the architectural survey of 10 of the 64 pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, and contributing to the knowledge of this world heritage site. Further, working as a member of a multinational team of experts in Egypt and contributing positively to the team, what can be described as sometimes challenging conditions, has taught me patience and resilience and has been an amazing experience.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in the program so far: It would be taking part in the committee work for the post-graduate committee for the MBA programs of the school. This has enabled me to contribute to how the MBA is shaped. The program allows you to explore and take part in several different things during the academic year. It is important to pick what you can/have time to do

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  When considering different schools, think about what you want to get out of the program and make sure the program is a right fit for you. Work experience is important, as you will gain more from an MBA if you have decent work experience.

When writing your essays, don’t be afraid to be yourself and make sure your essays convey who you really are, as it is the different individuals that take part in the program that make the experience.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  I was accepted to several programs across Europe, but Warwick stood as a school with a great reputation, peer network and resources. The university holds a vast graduate network and is very well connected. For me this was important as I would like to explore different industry options during my MBA. The support available during the MBA was also important for me. At Warwick there is amazing support and help available, from mentoring to the support of the careers team.

What would success look like to you after you graduate from business school? It would be finding a new career direction and a few years down the line a position of senior management in an international company. For me the international aspect is important, and thus continuing to work in an international setting would be very important.

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