Saltanat Besiembina

Full-Time MBA, 2015

I was looking for an MBA program that could suit me for a long time.

First of all, the prestigious School needs the best-profiled candidates. Right after my bachelor’s degree, I went to work abroad and decided to gain international working experience. I worked for a year and it sharpened my professional and personal skills to a higher level. Afterwards I had a chance to work at a Career and Advising Center and provide students with needed tools in order to choose a right direction in their career path.

Second of all, I needed the values and mission of a great MBA School to fit to my personal values and vision for the future. I have volunteered a lot towards youth development, because I believe that the youth is the next generation of leaders and drivers of progress. I have traveled around the world and visited many countries in order to see the similarities and uniqueness of each and every culture. I understood tolerance, respect and how it is to be an open-minded person. I have met diverse people from different ages and backgrounds, learning new things and sharing what I knew was the life changing experience for me. I understood one small but very important thing: that the world has no boarders or territories; that we are all similar and at the same time so different; that one can change the world for the better with the right people around him/her.

Last but not least, I was looking to get the world’s best education in my home country. It doesn’t mean that I was against getting a degree abroad; it was circumstances for that time and that moment that helped me decide. What could be better, when you study and get support from your beloved family right away; when you give a chance to professors from all over the world to meet your country and culture; when you simply apply your countries reality to the everyday class discussions with your classmates.

All those points together made my decision stronger and clearer when the time came to decide. I knew that this chance would be given only once in my life and I applied to the Full-time MBA program that was offered by Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. I am proud of being one of the first pioneers of the FT MBA program.