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Maximilian Groebe

Degree:

MBA

Location:

Germany

Industry:

Technology

Year:

2018-19

By Maximilian Groebe

Get to know Maximilian Groebe

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Entertaining
Manager: Adaptable

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I was born in Rio de Janeiro but grew up in Miami, Florida. I attended Cornell University in upstate New York and after finishing my Bachelor’s degree I moved to Munich, Germany for the beer, work and family. My Father is a traditional Bavarian from Munich while my mother is part Brazilian, Peruvian and Chinese. International diversity of the cohort was one of the main factors I wanted out of an MBA programme and Oxford is one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, MBA programmes in the world.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

To prepare for the intense one-year MBA at Oxford, I have done the following:

  • Complete the courses on Wall Street Prep to be ready to hit the ground running once classes begin
  • Network with professionals in the industry I want to pursue Post-MBA. Contact firms about potential opportunities once my MBA is complete
  • Speak with alumni from the Oxford MBA programme on how to get the most out of this year
  • Try to get my mind and body in great shape for the upcoming grind by doing some self-reflecting and working out more

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

I hope to develop an international network of business leaders in multiple industries, transition to a new career path, make some life-long friendships, and gain the practical and technical skills to succeed in my future endeavours.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

The MBA at Oxford is an intense one-year programme, time management and prioritising will be key. Do not worry about missing some things. Remember to focus on achieving the goals you set out at the start of the programme. Be prepared to miss out on some exciting things because you need to prep for an interview or attend an evening class.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

My classmates will be some of the brightest and most driven individuals in the world. I am looking forward to learning from them and developing life-long friendships. Also, the chance to live in Oxford will be truly incredible and embracing the city’s rich history is one of the many things I cannot wait to do.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Balancing classes, electives like the finance lab, social activities and job hunting. Staying focused on my goals and being able to manage my time effectively.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I hope to be able to use the learnings from the MBA to further the ideas of social responsibility and sustainability within the company I work for after the programme is complete. To make changes from within that would create positive changes internally and externally.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

As a former collegiate basketball player, I would like to join the Oxford basketball team as well as my college’s rowing team. I hope to find out more about all the societies and clubs offered at Oxford during Freshers’ week.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#college

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