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Student Spotlight: Rifqi N. Darden MBA

Jan 10, 2022

Rifqi N. - Indonesia

Darden Full-Time MBA '24


Q&A with B-Speak! Director Christina Ball 

Rifqi, tell us about yourself?

Sure! I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m actually an engineer by training, but decided to pivot into consulting after my undergrad, doing four years in consulting divisions at big-4 firms. After my MBA, the plan is to join either big tech or a consulting firm.

What motivated you to undertake an MBA in the U.S. and what appealed to you. most about Darden?

I really wanted to elevate my reach beyond Indonesia. Having spent my entire life in Indonesia, I knew that breaking the barrier into the international job market would be a tall order to achieve. I knew right away after graduating from my bachelor's program that I needed to earn an MBA as part of my long-term career plan. As for Darden, the case study method and the tight-knit community really pulled me in. I knew that it would complement my current skill sets and help me jump-start my learning process here in the US. And it doesn’t disappoint! The case study has really pushed me beyond my comfort zone and helped me become more comfortable in class discussions.

What prompted you to sign up for B-Speak! Coaching?

Darden provided the opportunity to harness my communication skills, which I knew were lacking. I felt that having someone help me be more personable and likable would boost my chances for landing my target job.

How did your B-Speak! coaching sessions with Dawn help you get an internship offer from one of your target firms?

It was impressive! Initially, I told her that I needed help with behavioral questions/answers and being concise in general, but we quickly found that what I really needed was a sparring partner to improve my communication. After that we rarely did any behavioral interview exercises, but I knew that every session we held really improved my behavioral interview readiness.

What did you enjoy most about your sessions with Dawn?

She was lovely and full of energy! She planned a few bite-sized exercises such as shadow pronunciation or just having conversation, again she really helped me become more comfortable with small talk. All in all, the sessions really helped my communication skills, both directly and indirectly. I really appreciate her thoughtfulness for every exercise she planned on my sessions.

How would you describe B-Speak! to a friend?

I think at the end of the day, if you talk with your coach and you really know what you need, B-Speak! Coaching will provide the sessions that are tailored to your needs in order to achieve results! For me it is a great remedy for my communication skills.


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