Prior to joining the MBA I was based in London working as Derivatives Operations Analyst in the Capital Markets division of a blue chip investment bank.
MBA programmes are generally aimed at those seeking either rapid promotion in their chosen fields, change of career, industry or both and the tools to success as an entrepreneur – it was a mixture of these points which drove me to consider doing an MBA. I also thought that adding an element of academic rigour to my business practice would help me add value in my future endeavours. I always aspired to doing an MBA once I had chosen my career path.
With the strategic nature of the SBS MBA in mind, I was confident that it would assist me towards my career development and personal goals.
SBS is among the top business schools in the UK and its MBA is recognised worldwide for its focus and approach to developing strategy and strategic change in any organisation.
I found the management staff very student-focussed, with a willingness to go the extra mile towards accommodating students’ needs. My experience with the academic staff was excellent – the teaching body is composed of recognised academics, leaders in their field, whose work and publications are referenced around the world. Colleagues on the MBA are from diverse backgrounds, bringing cultural richness and industrial experience into the course that makes one to one and group interactions an enlightening experience of knowledge-sharing.
Academically, I would rate the strategy classes and my elective classes as the high points. These classes provided me with the opportunity to learn a unique set of tools to aid problem-solving, in addition to the structured framework required to articulate these to others.
I was also given the opportunity to do one of my elective classes in Malaysia, in addition to being awarded an ambassador scholarship to work on the research required for my MBA project in South America. These were distinctive experiences and provided the opportunity for international exposure and relationship-building, as well as enabling me to apply some of the concepts learned in classes to an international platform.
As to the MBA experience as a whole, I think the most important thing I have learned is the ability to work collaboratively and build trustworthy relationships with people. For my MBA project I decided to collaborate with a colleague and took on a lot of additional responsibility as my colleague did not speak fluent Spanish. I relished the responsibility as it played the dual role of keeping me focussed and making me feel valued. This experience has altered my perception of collaborations in the future and I think I will be more willing to take similar risks now I have seen the gains that are possible.