This quarter, I am taking a core class in “managing people at work” and the discussions in this class spurred my to think about all the teams with whom I have worked, and perhaps more importantly, what I have taken away from each of these experiences.
It has only been three weeks since we started our programme and we are already loaded with articles, cases and reading assignments among other deliverables… But rather than talk about what we are doing now, I will talk to you about our first two weeks.
Fall term is officially over. I just turned in my last exam. For second year Tuckies, fall term ends just before Thanksgiving, so I thought I would write down my favourite moments from my first term as a second year:
It’s amazing that in just two weeks I will be done with my first quarter at LBS. The more I think about it, the pace of business school reminds me of the pace of working in investment banking.
Our full-time MBA class is a small, tight-knit group of 45 students. The diversity of nationalities in our class is what makes it really special. Fifty per cent of the class are international, with students coming from the US Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, India and Vietnam.
Yesterday I and a team of volunteers from my class finally completed the project that we had been working on for the last six weeks.
After the International Consulting Project and job search breaks, we are “students” again for the very last part of the programme: one week of change management and three of electives. After having been at liberty to organise my schedule as I wanted, I am now back to a mandatory attendance, eight hours a day classes.
All the MBA students at SBS are in the middle of the most stressful period of first term. We are working on group assignments, prepping for exams, attending recruitment events and making our course selections for next term. One student confided in me that this has been the most stressful period of his entire life.
The end of the first term is coming and the adrenaline is beginning to flow: group projects, assignments, presentations and final exams are focusing the minds of each MBA student at CUHK as the deadlines are getting closer.
This week we had our Diversity Conference here at Tuck. It was a weekend focused on showcasing Tuck’s inclusive community to a host of prospective students. Many of my classmates were working hard preparing this conference for a while, to make sure we had the right selection of panelists, speakers and alumni.
If there is one thing you definitely will learn on an MBA, it is how to present in front of judging eyes. Everyday in term one, one or more of the groups gave the class a presentation on diverse subjects ranging from “The Triple A Supply Chain” to “ Reforming Corporate Governance Post-Enron” to “Mobile Technology in the Developing World”, and – courtesy of our aeronautical engineer – one or two references to Airbus!
How often do we hear that cultures communicate differently, only to find the largest gaps exist not between one culture and another, but between individuals?
Mid-term exams and the obligatory celebratory weekend in Las Vegas have come and gone. Time for some rest and relaxation in Boston? Not a chance. Ten weeks into business school and it’s time to start looking ahead to your 2011 summer internship.
Less and less time as a student and still the future seems uncertain. But I remain positive. I didn’t get in to the distressed value investing course, but I did get in to security analysis with Michael Mauboussin (Legg Mason) so I am happy enough.
The last blog I submitted was MBAs and relocation and today’s topic revisits it a bit: MBAs and the infamous job search.
It has been almost four months since business school started and I can truly say that I had no idea that this much time had passed. Before I know it, I’ll be a quarter-way through my b-school career and with that in mind, I gave some thought to how I should continue to make the most out of this time.
I feel I’ll be repeating myself if I say that a lot has been going on in the past 10 days, but then again this is probably something that is very common when one is studying for an MBA degree.
“So are you guys going to invest in the business?”
I wasn’t too sure. I had my doubts but I definitely understood the viability of the product. Is it truly a unique product, will the patent protection hold? What is the competition offering?
This year marks Insead’s 10th Anniversary of its Asia campus and as part of its celebrations, the school hosted its annual leadership summit, which brings together leaders from business, academia, politics and the media in a vibrant setting with an opportunity for thought-provoking discussions and networking.
We are now midway through Michaelmas term (which is Oxford-speak for first semester) and the pressure is definitely ramping up. My MBA classmates and I have roughly half a dozen group assignments that are due within the next three weeks and we have to manage these work commitments along with studying and preparing for exams.
Everyone complains about how the first year of an MBA programme goes by so fast and the second year even faster and time flies and the MBA has gone by in a flash.
This week we had to rank our courses for the winter term. This is the first step of a little bit of Tuck magic that allows most students to take all the courses they are interested in during their time at Tuck.