Master’s in Management: Julia Schulze Bölling, Esade Business School

Student Name: Julia Schulze Bölling

Graduate Business School: Esade Business School

Describe Yourself In 15 Words: A very curious and open-minded person with a passion for innovations and cultures.

Master’s Graduation Class: 2020.

Undergraduate School and Major: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business Management.

Current Employer and Job Title: EY-Parthenon, Strategy Consultant.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Being part of a huge digital transformation of a large international company.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as a graduate student: Founding the Entrepreneurship Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business with wonderful and smart people.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? For me, there is no university that stands more for innovation and diversity than Esade. The school manages to bring the brightest students from all over the world together on one campus, creating a unique learning atmosphere. The Msc in Global Strategic Management was an amazing opportunity to learn more about the topics I am fascinated by, such as the world’s leading economies, global strategies, and different cultures. Through the diverse group of students from all over the globe, I was able to build my network internationally and get to know different cultures.

What led you to choose a Master’s in Management over an MBA? It was certainly a tough decision, as both are great options. For me, the decisive factor was the chance to study in three different countries (US, China, and Spain). 

What has been your favorite course and how has it helped you in your career? That is a hard decision to make because we had a lot of great courses, however the most impactful to me was the Business Simulation. I enjoyed this class the most and had the opportunity to learn a lot while working on an amazing team. In this class, we were given a company and had to manage it for several periods. I gained experience making strategic decisions, negotiating with other companies, and getting creative. It also gave me the opportunity to actively try out and implement various learnings from our previous classes. 

What role did your school play in helping you to land your first job out of the program? They were very supportive and expanded my network a lot! Very grateful for them!

How did your classmates enhance the value of your business school experience? My classmates loved our program as much as I did. We have managed to build a great community where people support each other. Moreover, we were all very eager to learn more and had the special drive to move projects forward. 

Who was your favorite faculty member and how did this person enrich your learning? Frank Wiengarten is one of my favorite professors. He has taught us operational management and innovation in a very special way and always explained theories with a sense of humor. 

What is your best advice to an applicant hoping to get into your school’s graduate Master’s program? Be yourself!

What was your best memory from your Master’s program? There are so many that there is no best one. But one that I remember particularly often is our farewell party from the University of Virginia in the U.S. We had an amazing dinner in a very nice location in the mountains, celebrated the closing of our first master’s semester, and enjoyed the moment!


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