width=280Name: Istvan Vecsei
Degree: MSc General Management
Year of Graduation: 2007
Place of Study: Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Current place of employment: IES (Italiana Energia e Servizi), Mantova, Italy
Current position: Executive Assistant

The highlight of my job is the variety, Istvan Vecsei says. Every day there is something new and something interesting to be involved in.

Istvan, a Hungarian graduate of Bocconi University, is an executive assistant for IES Italiana Energia e Servizi. An Italian energy company, based in Mantova, Italy, IES is part of the Hungarian MOL Group, one of the largest corporations in central Europe made up of chemical and oil companies.

But his job also comes with challenges. Throughout the course of the day I have to deal with several areas from accounting to finance, insurance to strategy. I need to be able to shift my thinking and join in different discussions.

However, his Masters in General Management has prepared him to do exactly that. The course gave me a great general overview on all areas of business and I profit from this right now. I'm responsible for coordinating people from all areas of the business. Studying general management in a broad sense, rather than specialising in one particular field also allowed Istvan time to decide what he wanted to do.

After graduating in 2007 with his postgraduate qualification, Istvan worked as a management consultant with Value Partners, a company Bocconi University has strong ties with. But after seven months he decided to change.

I met the CEO of IES was subsequently offered a job working for IES and this is where I'll stay. As an executive assistant, I am responsible for everything that happens in the functional areas on a daily basis such as management communication and support for different departments.

Istvan's career prospects in general management at IES are strong. Within two to four years he could be responsible for any area within IES or possibly the business as a whole. He feels his masters has prepared him for such challenges in his career and recommends others embark on the postgraduate qualification. Studying for a masters makes you grow up. Working in groups is the most important, and it also teaches you a sense of responsibility. At the end of the day you are tired but you're also satisfied with yourself like never before!