Kiril Mitov (EMBA’15): The EMBA Program is about Asking Questions and Looking for Answers
Kiril Mitov is an entrepreneur, President of Axles Software and President and Founder of Robopartans Group. He graduated the Executive MBA of the American University in Bulgaria in 2015.
Why did you decide to enroll in the EMBA Program at AUBG?
Curiosity. I wanted to learn more, know more, see more. The curiosity and the desire to acquire knowledge in a specific sphere can be a great motivator. Of course, I was expecting to gain practical knowledge that would help me develop my company and my business in a better way. This was a certain investment of time and energy and I had to find the balance but my leading force was curiosity. I have a degree in engineering and a lot of technical knowledge but I wanted to learn more in other spheres of business, I wanted to broaden my horizon and find out where I was standing.
What was the most important lesson you learned at the EMBA program?
Shortly before the start of the program, I bought a notebook. One notebook. I decided that I'd write down everything I heard and learn, and any new thought that would go through my head. I was skeptical at first because my business has put me in a lot of challenges and I had experienced a few business plans, accounts, programs, teams, and what not. I had to administer business and that was why I was skeptical that there would be many new things for me. But at the end of the program, I had filled out two notebooks and I had started a third one (and that's quite a lot). I learned a lot, but what impressed me the most is that both in the technical sciences and in business administration, challenges can be solved in certain templates and frames. Solutions have long been invented; you just have to apply them to the specific case.
What is your opinion on the program itself and the teaching methods?
What is really making a difference in the program are the people - the students and the professors. I was impressed by the degree of influence that we, as participants, had on the themes and the program. One example: the marketing class. The professor had invited consultants to tell us about their experience and knowledge of "something new", such as Design Thinking, and the plan was that the topic was even going to be part of the evaluation process. Thanks to this presentation and the discussion that followed, I can now "rebut" the arguments of people who preach Design Thinking in minutes, but the important thing in this case is that the professor quickly adjusted the program and the evaluation process to reflect the discussion that took place in the classroom. This I liked very much.
Do you think that the EMBA diploma could change your career development and would you recommend it to your friends? If yes- what would be your arguments?
The program is suitable for people who have worked for some time and then have decided to learn more. As one of our professors said, “The diploma is less important than the fact that you are here. Because the fact that you are here means that you are asking yourselves questions and looking for answers. This is what really matters for your career.”