Networking with fellow MBA students is one of the most valuable parts of the programme and can bring new insights and fesh perspectives on topics such as leadership
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What is it really like to study for an MBA? How do the students juggle their work load and their personal life? What do they hope to achieve once they have gained an MBA? Read the FT's MBA blog to find out.
Monica Dee, Chinese University of Hong Kong Age: 27 Nationality: Filipino Background: Monica graduated with a BSc degree from the University of the Philippines and for the past four years has been working in leading financial institutions. She is eager to advance her career and welcomes the opportunity to study in one of the top international financial centres of the world.
Michael Wieder, Imperial Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British Background: Michael decided to study for an MBA because he wants to switch from his current role in assurance for one in a technology start-up or in a technology venture capital firm. He chose his course for its focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and design.
Omar Khan, University of Sydney Business School Age: 34 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Omar has been working at an ethical investment company where he led the development of its Islamic investment product platform. He sees his MBA programme as a way of learning more about leadership.
Victoria Michelotti, Stern at NYU Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Victoria has a degree in English and has six years of marketing and PR experience in the cultural sector. She hopes her MBA will supplement her creative background with formal business skills.
Gareth Rees, University of Bath School of Management, EMBA Age: 29 Nationality: British Background: Gareth is a professional cricketer for Glamorgan County Cricket Club and has played for the club since 2006. He has a first class degree in maths and physics in 2006. He wants his EMBA to prepare him for a life after cricket.
Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson Age: 25 Nationality: Indian Background: Piyush grew up in the Middle East. He has worked with several life science start-ups in India, helping them to secure funding. He now wishes to merge his sales and marketing skills with his interest in life sciences and believes studying in California is the ideal location.
Philippa Rock, Wharton School Age: 28 Nationality: British Background: Philippa has a PhD in psychiatry and has been working at Cambridge Cognition in a scientific consultancy role. She chose Wharton because of the health care management major it offers and its alumni network.
Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School Age: 24 Nationality: Polish/British Background: Marta is a Fulbright Scholar. She was drawn to a US-based programme because she wants to study in an optimistic "anything can happen" society. She has worked in consulting and e-commerce.
Owen Woolcock, London Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Owen spent four years as a diplomat in the Australian Government, then three years in start-ups in Edinburgh, London and San Francisco. He hopes to take a role in innovation, knowledge transfer or entrepreneurship on graduation.
Ignaz Cassar, Telfer School of Management, Ottawa Age: 38 Nationality: Italian/British Background: Ignaz grew up on a farm in the Italian Alps, trained as an architect in Vienna and studied in London and Paris. He has a PhD in humanities and most recently worked in research data management.
Domitilla Ferrari, EMBA SDA Bocconi Age: 40 Nationality: Italian Background: Domitilla works as a social media strategist for an Italian publishing company. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing psychology and is eager to acquire more management knowledge to advance in her career.
Michele Lagioia, European School of Management and Technology Age: 30 Nationality: Italian Background: Michele has a technology consulting background and more than five years' professional experience on technology innovation. He has a masters in electronic engineering and recently worked for an IT consulting company.
Niladri Gupta, Lancaster University Management School Age: 39 Nationality: Indian Background: Niladri has a background in organic chemistry and drug discovery. He has worked on two start-ups in the healthcare/biotech field and hopes eventually to move into strategy consulting.
Kshitij Gopal, National University of Singapore Age: 26 Nationality: Indian Background: Kshitij has worked in various industries including manufacturing, sales and marketing and technology but realised he needed theoretical knowledge. He believes Singapore is a gateway to the world and enjoys its international and cultural diversity.
Jaya Sharma, Manchester Business School Age: 23 Nationality: British Background: Jaya is part of the Young Potential Leaders (YPL) programme on the full time MBA at Manchester. She is the youngest in her class having only recently graduated from Manchester University with a masters in biomedical material engineering.
Atul Agarwal, Warwick Business School Age: 28 Nationality: Indian Background: Atul has worked as an analytics consultant in the UK and post-MBA is eager to move into strategy consulting. He has a strong entrepreneurial streak and founded a not-for-profit in India, providing education for underprivileged children.
Christine Cheng, Essec MBA in Luxury Brand Management Age: 25 Nationality: American Background: Christine studied Finance and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and has been working in the fashion industry ever since. She is pursuing an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC.
Andrew Radin, MIT Sloan Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Andrew wants to supplement his entrepreneurial tendency with formal business skills. He has recently launched a company which develops productivity and analytics tools to help people make better use of their time.
Alexandra Fitzgerald, Rotman School of Management Age: 28 Nationality: Canadian Background: Alex has an undergraduate degree in management and organisational studies from the University of Western Ontario. She has been working in retail wealth management and is now eager to gain
experience in other sectors.
John Hayden, HEC Paris Age: 29 Nationality: Irish Background: John has worked in the insurance industry for six years but now feels that he needs a fresh challenge. He hopes ultimately to run his own business and is convinced that an MBA will help him secure his ambition.
Lynne Hoey, IE Business School
Global MBA + Age: 32 Nationality: British/American Background: Lynne is a chartered accountant and has worked in the UK and US for global organisations in risk management and sales. She currently works as vice-president at City National Bank in New York City where she builds market share.
Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management Age: 31 Nationality: American Background: After graduating from The Ohio State University Kyle worked in news producing at ABC News for Good Morning America. He then went to Taiwan to improve his Mandarin and learn more about Asian culture. His objective for his MBA is a cross cultural US/Asia career.
Linda Groarke, Open University Business School Age: 34 Nationality: British Background: Linda works for an investment bank in New York. She chose the OUBS as it allows her to study anywhere in the world while continuing to work full time.
Amar Naik, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow Age: 31 Nationality: Indian Background: After working for a decade in one of India's largest IT companies Amar has recognised he needs to expand his skills if he is to progress in his career. The IPMX will give him the chance to reassess his goals.