Name: Steven Ciocca
Place of work: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Graduation year: 2014
Current Job: Administrative Officer within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Senior Administrative Officer within the UN system
- “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” (Albert Einstein)
- “The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.” (Carl Sagan)
Tell us about what you’ve been up to since graduation?
I attended the night program MBA as a working professional. My biggest transition within that time has been my work relocation in Seychelles. I am working with an interesting and capable team and gaining knowledge daily. Every experience lends itself to the next adventure and I am always open to change.
What skill set do you need to do your job?
Leadership and effective human interaction skills are good complements to budget monitoring and manual section interpretation. Administration is really a combination of being an advisor, counselor, handy man and a poker player.
How has your MBA helped you in your current position?
I believe that I am interpreting data, budget, negotiation, management and human relationships in a more distinct and absorbing way. I am able to take every experience (good or bad) and apply it to a learned skill set that was acquired within my studies.
What are your future plans?
Eventually, I will open my own business. For now, I am aiming to advance in my career with the United Nations.
If you could describe your experience in Rome during your MBA how would you sum it up?
Exhausting! I was working full time with two small children and a wife who was also working full time. But…the drive on my scooter to Campo di Fiori to attend classes was always magical, rain or shine!
Can you share an experience that is most memorable with relation to the MBA program?
I always appreciated the comradery within the courses. Fellow students were always passionate about their own personal experience and it was nice to share in that development. Also, I would like to make a special note on Professor Mashall Langer, who always found a way to show such a high level of commitment to our learning experience. He left a lasting educational imprint on me, that I only wish I had when I was in my undergraduate courses in the US.
What was your favorite class in the program and why?
It is difficult to pinpoint one class as, I really enjoyed Franchising and New Venture Creation with Robert Pardi as well as Entrepreneurial Financial Management with Marshall Langer but I have to say that my top class was International Law with Professor Nicoletta Montefusco. The course really inspired me and lent an introspective, detail-orientated aspect to a very interesting subject.
What advice would you give newcomers to the MBA program or for those interested?
You cannot go wrong with an advanced degree and what better way to accomplish that…being in Rome with a tremendous assembly of professors with academic and (best of all) professional life experiences to share with the students.
What do you think differentiates this MBA from other MBA programs?
I found that the application of business reality into the learning experience as, by far, the biggest game changer.
Thank you SSM!