MBA Career Stories

MBA Career Stories

MBA Career Stories was written in co-operation by 33 MBA´s from around the world as a networking and marketing project, in order to develop intercultural communication. The purpose of the publication is to serve as a guidance to people who consider pursuing an MBA, and as a general career/life guide.

My story:

Anne-Maria Yritys, MBA

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland


Twitter: @annemariayritys


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I graduated in 2012 from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, which is one of Finland´s leading business schools. The reason for selecting this program was because of the great opportunity to choose free elective courses from other universities. Personally, I also took some courses from Aalto University, and participated in overseas courses at San José State University, the capital city of Silicon Valley, California, USA, and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The program was quite extensive, as I studied more free electives than necessary. Beside my MBA studies, I completed two investment courses/exams at Aalto University. The core program was pretty much standard, including courses in quantitative/qualitative research methods, project management, and talent management.

As free electives I chose to take quite many strategic management courses, a couple of change management courses, including business ethics and CSR. The course in Silicon Valley included international marketing, mass media, PR and communication, and innovation management. Quite a package in two and a half years, and I worked full-time throughout my studies in retail banking – it was an intense period.

Previous to the MBA I had been working in the hotel, restaurant and travel industries for a decade after my Bachelor´s Degree in Hospitality Management in 2001. In 2007, I changed careers into banking, and wanted to expand my knowledge from being an expert within hospitality, into learning more generally about international business management. I am satisfied about this decision, since this has given me more options and possibilities in business life.

I have until this day found the MBA useful in at least the following aspects:

–          Increased confidence and trust in my own capacity/knowledge

–          Improved networking skills

–          Improved presentation and public speaking skills

–          General increase of knowledge and knowledge creation

–          If knowledge is not directly available, I know how and where to find it

–           A strategic and holistic view upon business and life in general

–          A better understanding of the big picture of how society and different industries and businesses function

I was a fairly critical thinker already before the MBA, but today I am even more critical in terms of putting things into a perspective. The MBA also enhanced my analytical skills.

After graduation, I worked as an investment manager in a small, private investment firm for about a year. I noticed it wasn´t what I wanted in a longer-term, so I left the company.

At the moment I am working as a freelance business consultant, and I am available for (a) new assignment(s) and/or a permanent role e.g. within change and strategy consulting.

The MBA definitely opens up many new doors. The degree increased my appetite for continuous learning, development and improvement not only of myself as a person, but in how I see organizations and different business areas.

My advice for other MBA´s:

–          Work hard to reach your goals

–          Never give up

–          Believe in yourself

–          Be open for different options

–          Be innovative

–          If you are not ready to be an entrepreneur, become an intrapreneur

An MBA can pursue many kinds of careers in business life. Everything depends upon yourself, your motivations and areas of interest. You can start your own business, join a startup, advance your career in a medium-sized or large organization – whatever suits you best. The most important, however, is to remember to be a responsible leader/manager.

Take care of yourself mentally and physically, treat other people fairly, listen to people and be open for feedback. Know yourself and your values, and live according to them. Enjoy life – career is important, but it is not everything. Try to lead a stable life. If you notice something doesn´t seem or feel right – you can always change direction.

I also wanted to test the usefulness of LinkedIn as a networking tool, and how it would help me in finding business opportunities. This eBook project is one of the steps I have taken to progress my career.

I think it is beneficial to have a wide experience, but real professional progress requires determination and focus. Since the world changes with such a fast pace today, it is of course good to be open for continuous change. Today, careers are not necessarily linear, so basically it is useful to always have a plan B, perhaps even a plan C, in case the original plan doesn´t work out. With many decades of work life ahead of me, I want to continue making good decisions and keep on learning and developing throughout my life.







How Important Are Your Dreams?

Last night I dreamed that I was going to the opera to see The Nutcracker. In dreams, everything is possible. I love the opera. Now, when I am speaking about the opera, I refer to the musical experience, not to any web browsers or software with the same name.
When you Google the word “opera”, the first three pages of search results unfortunately include a lot of information about Opera-named web browsers and/or software. Of course, search engine algorithms – you have to be more specific with your online searches if you want to find what you are looking for!
On the other hand, as an internet entrepreneur or online business, you have to be specific about what kinds of products and services you are selling unless of course, you do not want to be found online.
My most exotic opera experience so far has been an opera in St. Petersburg, Russia, which was sung in both Italian and Russian, years before I had continued to improve my very basic skills in Russian that I had acquired as a young student back in 1998.
Italian, as a language, is much easier to comprehend and to learn, especially if and when you speak fluent French. The more languages you know, and learn, the easier it is to understand related languages. With fluent Swedish and German, for instance, it is easy for me to understand Norwegian and Danish. Dutch is a bit harder although Dutch too is a Germanic language.
I have taken classes in Italian as well. When you live for several years in Switzerland, you can nothing but learn some Italian automatically since the language is present everywhere in the country that has four official languages. Finland has only two official languages; Finnish and Swedish. Saami language is unfortunately not an official language in Finland although Finland claims that it is honoring Saami culture and traditions.
Even more than the opera, I love the ballet; watching all those artistic choreographies and talented dancers with so much passion for what they do that they put their bodies through so much pain for every single performance, day in and day out, with bleeding toes and cramping muscles, without ever complaining.
In my dream, however, I arrived late at the opera since I was helping someone out with their photography and realized far too late, that my train connections to the opera would take at least two hours one way. I left far too late and realized that I would miss the beginning of the performance or arrive at least half an hour late.
Lesson of the dream?
Do not postpone your life´s dreams because of circumstances or other people, or despite of the fact that people around you do not approve of your dreams. There is always someone out there who will support your dreams, and if not, you can support yourself!
Many years ago, while I was working as a cabin crew member in a charter airline company, we were taught that in case of emergency and if cabin pressure decreases, you have to ensure your own oxygen intake first.
My career as a flight attendant remained a rather short experience, mainly because I grew tired of traveling around the world all the time and living in hotels, but also because I was concerned about the impacts of aviation on our global environment through the release of CO2 emissions.
Today I know that aviation alone causes “only” around 2% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (according to IATA), and that the aviation industry is far from alone being responsible for any global emissions. Moreover, the aviation industry has for years been improving its efficiency in terms of global CO2 emissions and experiments with energy-efficient solutions and completely new options for carrying out flights.
If you have ever traveled for work, you may understand what I am talking about when referring to the fact that I actually enjoy being at home rather than flying around the world all the time at odd hours. Especially when flying during night hours most of the time, and not as a passenger who can sleep during a flight but as a cabin crew member whose number one priority is to ensure passenger safety and stay awake at all times.
Where I worked, staff (cabin crew) did not have the permission to take any naps during flights, although we were often flying extremely odd and long hours, with shifts starting e.g. at midnight and sometimes ending in completely another time zone 15 hours later (if there were any delays – which was quite common due to weather-related issues, turbulence etc).
We flew Boeing 757-200, if you know something about aircrafts. I personally do not know much about aircrafts, I just know everything I need to know about Boeing 757-200 aircraft types. Or, I used to know. I still remember the locations of all the emergency equipment in the aircraft.
In case of emergencies, always help yourself first. Or at least ensure your personal safety, because if you do not help yourself, you cannot help others. Nor can you pour from an empty cup.
Anne-Maria Yritys 16.1.2019

What Are Climate Change “Hot Spots”?

Most exotic visitor at so far this month: someone from American Samoa.
What do you know about American Samoa, or about geography in general?
American Samoa may be one of the many islands worldwide that will suffer from sea levels rising within upcoming decades/this century.
No one knows for sure how much sea levels will rise in different parts of the world, but many inhabited islands are at risk of becoming non-habitable.
Moreover, at least 60% of world population lives in coastal regions that are equally much vulnerable to sea levels rising. This is why coastal cities are called “climate change hot spots”.
In addition, the vast majority of our world´s currently around operating 450 nuclear plants are located in lowland coastal areas, making them extra vulnerable to e.g. sea levels rising and/or tsunamis:

Plagiarism is a Crime. Are You Aware?

With both content management and marketing being a huge business today, it is always devastating to notice cases of plagiarism. If you have ever been a college or higher level student, you must be aware of the fact that plagiarism is not only unethical and immoral, but also illegal. Anyone involved in creative industries must be knowledgeable about copyright issues overall, including how to refer to, or how to cite original content.

As a creative business person and entrepreneur myself, I have published hundreds of articles online. My Tweets have been viewed more than one billion ( times. I have had to be careful with copyright issues many times, and check what I can do as a writer/publisher on digital and social media, and what I am NOT allowed to do.

With more than half a million contacts/followers on digital and social media in at least 227 different countries worldwide, I can personally not afford to make mistakes like plagiarizing content from other professionals. As a matter of fact, it is deeply devastating and shameful to notice people plagiarizing content (photos, text), especially when you personally or your staff is doing everything to follow general legislation and rules to check possible plagiarization.

Just a few days before Christmas 2018, I received an email from one of my followers who asked me if I am aware of the fact that my articles are being plagiarized, followed by a specific person´s name and a link to the text that had been copied. I checked the text, which was a direct copy of an article that I had written and published one year earlier both on my business website, on LinkedIn, and through BizCatalyst360°, a Miami-based online publisher with whom I have been cooperating with for more than three years now.

This was not the first time in history that my creative work was plagiarized, but I do hope that it was the last. Needless to mention any names at this point, I have decided to remove and block people from my network, who have been reported by some of my other contacts/followers to have plagiarized my content.

Anyone active and working within the creative industry must be knowledgeable about, and follow general rules concerning content creation and management. This includes the understanding about what you can do online, and what you cannot do. Direct copies of other people´s content is one form of plagiarism, and thus illegal. Make sure to learn the basics and essentials of copyright issues, and for instance how to cite/refer to articles published by other businesses, or by other entrepreneurs.

Anyone in the creative industry has a right/copyright to their work, and it is up to that person to decide how his or her work can be used by other businesses, entrepreneurs or individuals. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and for your consideration in terms of copyright issues and possible infringements.

Anne-Maria Yritys. January 4th, 2019.

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Happy 2019!

Happy Gregorian New Year to all my (social media) contacts and followers from 227 countries worldwide!

Anne-Maria Yritys 31.12.2018


Tweepsmap 31.12.2018 Anne-Maria Yritys

Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017

What Do You Know About Climate-Friendly Food Production?

Suomessa kauppojen hyllyt pursuavat mitä erilaisempia riisituotteita samalla kun kotimainen ohra on jäänyt ihmisiltä lähes unohduksiin. Ohra on edullinen, kotimainen, maukas ja ympäristöystävällinen vaihtoehto riisille, jonka tuotanto/viljely yksin tutkitusti aiheuttaa ainakin 7% maailman metaanipäästöistä.

Riisin syönnin korvaaminen ohralla on siis ilmastoteko.

Suomessa on arvokkaita elintarvikkeita, joita voidaan markkinoida maailmallekin. Miksi maksamme maltaita esim. ulkomaisista supermarjoista samalla kun omat metsämme joka vuosi pursuavat omista vitamiinipommeista?

Ymmärrämmekö omien elintarvikkeidemme päälle? Suomesta viedään jo nyt esim. tonneittain herkkutatteja Italiaan joka vuosi.

A-M. Yritys 29.12.2018


In Finland supermarkets are selling plenty of different rice products while at the same time, our domestic barley has nearly been forgotten. Barley is an inexpensive, domestic, tasty and climate-friendly alternative to rice, the cultivation of which according to research, alone causes at least seven (7) percent of all methane emissions worldwide.

Replacing rice consumption with barley is thus an environmentally friendly act.

Finland is home to valuable foodstuff that can be marketed not only in Finland, but to the rest of the world. Why do we, for instance, pay high prices for foreign superberries while our own forests each year produce our own vitamin bombs?

Do we understand the value of our own (natural) food products? At the time being, Finland already exports tons of porcini to e.g. Italy each year.

A-M. Yritys 29.12.2018

Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017
Chanterelle. A-M. Yritys 2017
Carbon Market Definition

What is a Carbon Market?

What is a carbon market?
What are its pro’s and con’s?
EC. Climate Change Key Terms.
“Carbon market = Trading system through which countries may buy or sell units of greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to meet their national limits or emissions, either under the Kyoto protocol or under other agreements”.
#climateaction #carbonmarket
Mitä tarkoittaa hiilimarkkinat?
Mitä hyötyjä/haittoja hiilimarkkinoista on?
#ilmastotoimia #hiilimarkkinat
Paris Agreement 2015/Art. 12.

How Are You Acting Upon the Paris Agreement?

The time to act is NOW.
Less empty words => more concrete actions.
Paris Agreement 2015/Art. 12:
“Parties shall cooperate in taking measures, as appropriate, to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information, recognizing the importance of these steps with respect to enhancing actions under this agreement”. (Paris Agreement 2015; United Nations 2015 Adoption of the Paris Agreement).
Nyt on aika toimia.
Vähemmän tyhjiä puheita => enemmän käytännön ilmastotekoja.
Pariisin Ilmastosopimus 2015/Artikla 12:
“Osapuolten tulee tehdä yhteistyötä edistääkseen ilmastonmuutoskoulutusta ja opastusta, julkista tietämystä, julkista osallistumista ja julkista tiedonsaantia, tunnistaa näiden asioiden tärkeys jotta sopimuksen vaatimia toimia voidaan edistää”. (Pariisin Ilmastosopimus 2015; YK:n omaksunta Pariisin Ilmastosopimuksesta).
Anne-Maria Yritys July 2018

What Kind of a Consumer Are You?

You don´t always have to buy clothes. You can receive clothes as gifts, through recycling or just find clothes outdoors, in nature; earlier this year, I found a pair of sports shorts outdoors, which still had a price tag on them. Today, I found a pair of Regatta´s Pack It black outdoor trousers, perfectly suitable. Now I´ll just wash them and use them.
I have also found sunglasses, cycling glasses, torches and cash (money) outdoors this year. Is there something our environment wants to tell me by sending me all these free gifts?
At least it is highly recommended to keep both your eyes and your other senses open while outdoors, as you never know what you will encounter or find.
Recycling is no longer a trend, but a necessity for all human beings.
Our Earth can no longer take human greed and a desire for overconsumption of poor-quality goods. The global garment industry is one of the worst environmental polluters beside agriculture and fossil fuels.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to consider what kinds of textiles to use, and whether you always have to buy first hand instead of buying second hand clothes. Or, does one´s closet have to be full of unnecessary clothes when one can live with less than? There is nothing worse than people buying poor-quality clothes and textiles, especially when most of these dust in the closet and go unused. Or, when textiles are being thrown away instead of being recycled.
For instance H&M has for a long time already been recycling textiles and clothes, and it is possible to recycle usable clothes e.g. through UFF unless one wants to try to sell them second hand.
Anne-Maria Yritys 16.11.2018
Vaatteita ei välttämättä tarvitse aina ostaa. Niitä voi saada joko lahjaksi, kierrätyksen kautta tai sitten löytää ulkoa luonnosta: kesällä löysin ulkoa yhdet juuri sopivat urheilushortsit, täysin käyttämättömät (hintalappu oli vielä kiinni). Tänään löysin ulkona kävellessäni Regattan Pack It vedenpitävät, mustat ulkoiluhousut, pakattuina vedenpitävään kangaspussukkaan. Nekin istuvat juuri sopivasti. Ei muuta kuin pesukoneen kautta käyttöön 🙂
Olen tänä vuonna löytänyt ulkoa myös yhdet aurinkolasit ja yhdet ajolasit/pyöräilylasit, pari toimivaa taskulamppua, käteistä rahaa ym.
Yrittääköhän ympäristö viestittää minulle jotain, antaen minulle lahjaksi käyttämättömiä ja juuri sopivasti istuvia vaatteita?
Ainakin kannattaa pitää silmät auki ja muutkin aistit avoinna ulkona liikkuessaan, ikinä kun ei tiedä mitä siellä tulee vastaan. 🙂
Kierrätys ei enää tänä päivänä ole trendi, vaan välttämättömyys kaikille ihmisille.
Maapallomme ei kestä ihmisten ahneutta ja kulutushysteriaa, tai huonolaatuisia tuotteita. Vaateteollisuus on yksi pahimmista ympäristön saastuttajista maatalouden ja fossiilisten polttoaineiden lisäksi.
Kannattaa siis miettiä millaisia tekstiilejä käyttää ja tarvitseeko aina ostaa uutta, vai voisiko löytää hyvälaatuisia vaatteita myös kierrätettyinä. Tai pitääkö vaatekaapin olla pullollaan kun vähempikin riittäisi. Kaikista pahinta on kaiketi, kun ihmiset ostavat huonolaatuisia vaatteita, joita kaappi on pullollaan ja kun ne kaiken lisäksi jäävät käyttämättä. Tai kun heitetään roskiin tekstiilejä.
Esim. H&M on jo pitkään ottanut vastaan kierrätystekstiilejä ja vaatteita + käyttökelpoisia vaatteita voi viedä esim. UFF:n keräykseen ellei niitä halua tai jaksa yrittää myydä kirpparilla.
Anne-Maria Yritys 16.11.2018

Who Cares About Yemen´s Starvation?

Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen due to malnutrition/no food/related diseases. Please try to remember this every time you feel like complaining about minor things.

There are millions of people in this world who would be grateful to have even a tiny slice of what you have, even if you are not rich.

If you have a roof over your head, food to eat every day, clean water, and clothes to wear you are wealthier than most people on this planet.

Please share to spread awareness.

Any comments on this serious issue are more than welcome.


Für diejenigen, die weder Französisch noch Englisch verstehen: in Jemen stirbt alle 10 Minuten ein Kind vor Hunger. Versuch Dich immer daran zu erinnern, bevor Du Dich über etwas beschwerst. Es gibt Millionen von Menschen auf der Erde die glücklich wären, hätten sie nur ein wenig davon was Du hast. Ein Dach über den Kopf, etwas zu essen jeden Tag, sauberes Wasser zu trinken und etwas zum anziehen. Anne-Maria Yritys