Gulmira Raissova

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Executive MBA, 2014
Director of Human Resources Management Department “Samruk-Kazyna” National Fund

Having been enrolled in the EMBA program at Nazarbayev University for the second consecutive year, I started to catch myself wondering what my life would look like without this education. Now I can say with confidence, it would be poorer, much poorer.

In psychology there is a method of personality diagnosis, which is named «15 major events in life» (I got a bachelor degree in psychology). Psychological time personality depends on the kind of event a person indicates as the most important in life. A person may indicate formal events and interpret them as inevitable such as «went to high school», college, changed 3 jobs». But he/she may specify meaningful events semantically that general give momentum, boost and result in changes. Getting educated at NUGSB was exactly this type of event for me. 

Firstly, the new understanding of reality surrounding me (for example, how to start a business, how to make financial and investment decisions,what it means to be a leader, being able to change the world around you). Secondly, the program resulted in a new attitude toward work,expanding of my vision, a new view at the organization’s workflow, the work of your colleagues and managers. I began to understand better the ways to build an organization and ways to manage it. I currently work at «Samruk-Kazyna» Fund and we have always supported the academic programs of Nazarbayev University. I now realize that the more people finish a program successfully, the more effective organizations’ decisions will be. Not less than 10 managers are sent annually to Executive MBA program from «Samruk-Kazyna» companies. Support is also provided to employees who choose to study in NUGSB programs. And thirdly, I hope I will be a role model for my children and for all those who have doubts about going to school. It is never too late going to school. Of course, it is a lot of stress, but the results and the habits and mind-set developed over two years to appreciate and effectively use each minute of time will stay with you for life.