Last year, Magdalena Szymanek left Poland to attend our course Managing and Developing Self and Others in London. Little did she know that the experience would affect her career and change how she viewed herself and the people around her. Feeling inspired by the course’s focus on self-development and psychology as well as strengthened by the stories shared by the other participants, Magda decided to take the leap and study Management and Human Resources at university. The reggae enthusiast and mother of two now applies her new knowledge to her management role at an upper secondary school in the small town of Mysłowice.  

We spoke to Magda about self-fulfilment, her new European identity and living in line with the message of her favourite song.

Magda in London

Magda in London

What first interested you in the MDSO course?  

I hoped to meet interesting people from different countries and improve my English. It was also an opportunity to see London.  

How did the course inspire you? 

I know more about myself now. The section of the course which focused on psychology and developing yourself was the most important for me. I thought I was an open book, but after the course I’m more able to understand how others perceive me and how to cooperate with people with different personalities. I realise now more than ever before that people think and feel in different ways. I also learnt that the concept of motivation, stress and goals varies from country to country. I now feel part of Europe, even though travelling to a metropolis like London worried me at first. 

In what way has the course made an impact on your life?  

After the course, I decided to go to university to study Management and Human Resources! The whole experience was a big challenge – even the flight to London, since it was my first time on a plane(!) - and gave me the confidence to take the leap. I now feel closer to my favourite song To The Top by Gentleman - “I can make it if I try”!  

Magda and course leader Alexander Schimmel during the MDSO certification

Magda and course leader Alexander Schimmel during the MDSO certification

What advice would you give to others who are unsure about their career path?  

I’m still not sure about my career path… but to me, that’s positive. It’s a chance to try something new and seek out new challenges. I would also recommend taking part in a course like MDSO and giving yourself a chance to think and talk about yourself and listen to what others have to say about their experiences. It helps when you have time and space to think about what you want. 

I’m so thankful to have been part of ADC. It was a BIG pleasure and a fantastic experience.

Magda took part in Managing and Developing Self and Others here at ADC College. Please email iuliana[at] for more information or give us a call at +44 20 84249424