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I started self-educating myself in English when I was nine. My mother had bought me a music
album from where I could listen, read and then translate with a dictionary the lyrics to my
mother tongue. The feeling of understanding the meaning of those words that looked like a
secret code gave me a feeling of empowerment that inspired me to pursue a journey towards
experiences and knowledge especially regarding the international world. Early in this journey,
I also made contact with the business world, with 10 years old I was already helping my
parents to run our family business, a lunch-time restaurant in the city center, which allowed
me since an early age to develop a growing interest at understanding how businesses work,
their processes, their challenges and how do they impact in our society.
Besides my restaurant experience, I also had the opportunity to work in different
organizations. First, I was monitor teacher in a government run solidary bank that helped
small entrepreneurs by providing loans and business education. There I was able to be in
contact with the difficulties very low income businesses face. The courage and the will to
thrive coming from people that didn’t make more than £200 a month was a real inspiration.
On the other hand, it was a unique experience to be able to pass the knowledge I was
acquiring at my University to real cases of people that would benefit from it in a practical way.
In the following years I also worked in an international trade agency and at the international
department of the Industry Federation of my hometown, which gave me a broad perspective
of how the dynamic of the international businesses is configured.
In the latter job for
instance, I had the opportunity to assist the preparation of an International event in Dubai,
where I was able to negotiate with foreign suppliers, give client support and work as a team
with people from different cities in Brazil.
Other valuable experiences that added a lot to the human being I am today were the times I
spent abroad. My first experience was in Manchester, UK, where I spent four months of my
gap year. At the time I lived with an English family that inserted me in their daily life and
habits, which enabled me to be much more comprehensive of diverse cultural contexts. I also
spent a month in Paris, France, concluding my French course, trip that was entirely paid for
the truffles I made and sold at my parents’ restaurant for a whole year. After that, I still had
the opportunity of studying a semester at a Spanish institution, result of scholarship that was
awarded me for academic merit and personal interview. Living in Spain was a great cultural
immersion, I lived with a Slovak and an Austrian, my classmates were Spanish, Turkish,
German, Dutch and English. Go beyond my cultural comfort zone was a challenge that I had
to overcome if I wanted to thrive as a student as well as an individual.
During my degree in Brazil, taking part at solidary projects and having co-found, coordinated
and played for three years in a volleyball team were primordial to develop and exercise the
principles that are the core of my professional and personal values. Being part of a team in
both experiences helped me to learn how to deal with people’s different backgrounds whilst
organizing a sport team was a true exercise of management and leadership.
Being the Westminster University International Business and Management MA a program
that offers a range of subjects and features that allows the student to explore their potential in
different fields of knowledge such as finances and marketing, I think it would a perfect match
to my career objectives as well as to the skills I already possess. Hence I would be able to
deepen my studies as to become a complete international business professional and
contribute to richen the class with different points of view, experiences and cultural
backgrounds. Internships to postgraduate students is also one of the main reasons the
program is so compelling to me, once having the opportunity to work abroad would be a
crucial addition to my CV.
Having been born and raised in a city that is considered the capital of Eastern Amazon,
knowing the potential and the challenges the region faces, has always been an incentive to
my academic and professional goals. It is my career objective then to contribute and create
value to a company that by entrepreneurship, responsibility and innovation would help to
sustainably develop the huge richness this ecosystem represents. I am sure the experiences
and skills I would obtain by taking part in this program would bring me much closer to my