Meet Santiago Jimenez, BBA Class of 2012, MIB Class of 2013
Santiago discovered his passion for business at a young age while growing up in Colombia. He moved to London to pursue an international Bachelor of Business Administration at Hult, an experience which has prepared him for a career in strategic consulting. His ambition is to open his own consultancy firm in international trade, strategy, and negotiations.
What attracted you to Hult’s Bachelor of Business Administration?
Hult has a great advantage when it comes to class sizes and cultural diversity. I’m not a fan of seminars. I learn best in one-to-one conversations or small group discussions. This focus on practical education is really unique to Hult; it’s like real-time business in the real world, and that really appealed to me as a practical learner. Hult also offered an amazing location to study in. I didn’t know London before coming to Hult, in fact, I had never been to Europe or lived abroad, but I had heard great things about this city, making me think that my time here would be an adventure.
What were your ambitions prior to arriving at Hult, and how has your experience shaped these?
Four years ago I had mixed feelings, do I stay in Colombia, or do I take the massive leap forward and move abroad for my education? I always had an interest in business and negotiations, but thought I might pursue research as a career. I’ve always wanted to do my own thing and run my own business. This experience has not only opened my eyes to the real ways of doing business, it has also made me realize what I really love to do and what I’m good at, which is working with people.
How has Hult prepared you for an international career?
I came right from high school with an idea of how the world worked. I soon discovered how narrow my perception was. From learning about global strategy to management communications, I’ve been exposed to a wealth of information and have come to realize that the world was not how I perceived it to be. Exposure to different backgrounds and cultures helps you to understand how diverse the world is, and if you have the ambition to work abroad, you need to understand these idiosyncrasies. Of course, the idea of saying that I have friends around the globe is amazing. If in 20 years I’m living in Colombia and want to move to Egypt, Europe, the U.S., South America, or Asia, I can call upon my contacts I’ve made here at Hult and make it happen.
What advice would you give to others hoping to pursue an international Bachelor of Business Administration?
This business school encourages you to explore and extract the most out of the experience. We get offered tons of opportunities, but we are not forced to take them, it depends on the experience we want to have, and if we want to do more and take risks, or just follow a program and get a degree in a few years. The choice is ours, and those who make the most of these opportunities will be the ones who see the rewards in the future.