Monthly Archives: October 2009

Since I took the biggest decision of my life so far to leave my job at PricewaterhouseCoopers after 8 years and to return to Scotland from the beautiful city of Vancouver and study for my MBA at Strathclyde Graduate Business School, the date I had dubbed as Day 1 had been looming large in my mind.

I went to see The Killers in concert in my final weekend in Vancouver and the line from their song Human really captured how I was feeling about the change – “Sometimes I get nervous when I see an open door, close your eyes, clear your heart, cut the cord”. Read more

The past week has been one of the most intense since I began my MBA at Vlerick. The pressure keeps building and I am constantly reminding myself that this phase of the programme is the easy part. Things will get a whole lot tougher after our winter break in late December.

Yesterday I began my day at 5:50am which for me was a lot earlier than usual. I got up, grabbed a yogurt out of the fridge and proceeded to eat it while checking my e-mail and tweeting about how early I woke up. Yes! I am the queen of multi-tasking. Read more

Another hot day in Hong Kong. I do love the heat though, so I should hardly be complaining. The sky is blue, the birds are singing. The only thing ruining this perfect morning is that I am walking to class laden like a packhorse, or a packed donkey. I find the image of a donkey carrying a heavy load somehow more believable than a horse. I digress. The fact is that I am now covered in sweat and cannot wait to enter the air-conditioned bliss that is the front hall.

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Somewhere deep in the Cavendish lab at Cambridge in the UK, I’m convinced there’s someone who can answer my question: how does it feel like an entire year has gone by in five weeks, while simultaneously looking at a calendar and feeling like time has turned into precious grains of sand that are accelerating through an hourglass?

Surely in the dusty papers of Cambridge’s famous academics from Newton to Hawking someone brainstormed the answer about how so much can be captured in such a short space of time?

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I started the MBA programme in SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy at the beginning of September 2009.

During my first month, I took the “precourses” which were optional for the new MBA students of 2009. This one-month programme aims to equip the new students for the intense, one-year MBA programme at Bocconi by providing them with foundations in accounting, economics and quantitative methods (or gives them a chance to review what they had learned in the past).

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This post outlines the new MBA blog from the Financial Times, which features MBA students from schools including Chicago Booth, the Judge Business School Cambridge and Bocconi, among others. Read more

The recruiting season is in full swing, and a friend of mine posted the following Facebook status, which had me in splits this morning: “I will have a Masters in Business Administration. Would you like fries with that?”

…but that’s not the whole story; will soon be putting up a very big success story about my classmates…watch this space…

This FT MBA blog explains the one-year MBA programme at the Kellogg School of Management Read more

Business school feels like a steeplechase – you have to go as fast as you can and try not to knock down any hurdles along the way!

To start off my MBA blog, here are five lessons I learnt during my first period at Insead:

1. Don’t wear socks. Otherwise your feet will get wet – and that’s just uncomfortable. Often, you must do things in ways you are not accustomed to be more efficient. This will happen to you especially during group work when you have to work with four other people from different cultures. Keep an open mind.

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has opened its doors to FT MBA blogger Beth Bremner Read more

I’m currently near the end of my second month as a full-time International MBA student at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. So far the school year has been a whirlwind experience for me, because our programme is compressed into one year versus most two year programmes. This is my first time living abroad, which means in addition to dealing with juggling my studies; I’m also dealing with the added stress of dealing with life in another country. Read more