Meet Warwick Business School’s MBA Class Of 2020

Salvador Miramontes

Warwick Business School

Good listener, analytical, would not start a conversation but would share lots of ideas afterward.”

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Fun Fact About Yourself: Sometimes I get so concentrated in a single subject I lose the notion of why I started digging into it in the first place.

Undergraduate School and Major: Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Actuarial Science

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Portfolio Manager at Grupo Corde Asesores (Wealth Management)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Attaining the CFA Charterholder designation and reaching the highest non-partner position within my firm overseeing all staff and assets of my division. Being able to mentor junior analysts and passing on experience I got from my previous managers.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Self-awareness and determination. Given the broadness of their backgrounds, it is difficult to match a single driving quality. Every day at the lectures, within the workshops, and even at the last hour before a deadline, I feel the motivation in building up skills not previously developed and the resolve to push an idea that could have been disregarded at first but ended up being the best solution.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? It would be all the activities off-campus and after graduation, the treks, the international trips, the possibility to take additional modules in partnering universities and on another campus – even after graduation. The high degree of internationalization is not only palpable, but you get to live through it. The “change is a constant” is branded in the structure of the program allowing us to come back for one or two modules after graduation to continue learning as change unfolds.

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? What is next for you after the MBA? After a successful year, I knew the skills I needed to develop further but I was uncertain about which goals to tackle. Maybe continue building my career at my previous firm or maybe starting up a business.

How did you determine which business schools best fit you? It was mainly the cost of opportunity of being outside the workforce – plus tuition and living expenses – for one year. WBS has consistently moved forward in the rankings and its closeness to a major financial hub such as London were factors too difficult to miss. The program has also been recognized for its innovation and behavioural science focus which aligned perfectly with the direction I was looking to develop.

Diversity of the alumni and closeness of the language. Even though most of the MBA programs are taught in English, I wanted to live in a country where I could relate faster with its native language. Unlike other Business Schools, where most of the class members are from a specific geographical area, I felt WBS had more diversity regarding geography. This was an important factor since it has given me both cultural knowledge and has allowed me to ease into this experience almost effortlessly.

I talked to alumni and read student blogs to get a sense of the culture as well.

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