Monthly Archives: January 2013

Stephen Garden, London Business School

Having spent a term of his MBA programme away on exchange, returning to his “home” campus has meant an intensive week of classes  

Katie Sherning, Cranfield School of Management

A project management ive simulation threw up many unexpected problems and showed one MBA cohort the value of planning ahead and the importance of reading the contract  

Wesley Cole, Cass Business School

Many who are considering studying for an EMBA seek company sponsorship. But is it necessarily the right way to fund an MBA programme? 

Noel Hanssens, University of Hong Kong

For many on an MBA programme the international diversity of the cohort is one of the key elements. A two-year programme allows for friendships to develop and in many cases is a network that lasts a lifetime 

Helen Casey, Imperial Business School EMBA

Nine months into her EMBA programme one new blogger looks back on her first experiences of business school and gives tips for would-be students 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Two more weeks until classes start and one night I was at the campus pub. The people were diverse and the conversation was lively. It was broadly social and political. As I continued to listen, I noticed how people use the word they: “They caused the fiscal cliff,” “They just block every proposal,” “They report biased news”, “Women, they act this way,” “Men, they act this way”. 

Derek Laan, Sungkyunkwan - Kelley School of Business

This winter vacation was one that I won’t soon forget. Our school had a three- week winter break so I decided to take advantage of being in Asia by visiting one of my best friends from college who is now living in India. 

Karen Allardice, Melbourne Business School

January is a slow time for business in Australia. We’re in the middle of a heat wave, the Australian Open tennis is on and many are enjoying an extended Christmas/New Year break.

However, with an intensive MBA programme at Melbourne Business School to complete in just 12 months, my cohort and I have already had our first week of classes and activities, forming part of three weeks of orientation, leadership and ethics training. 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

A new term brings with it the imminent arrival of fatherhood for one blogger. The work/life balance has never been more important. 

Katie Sherning, Cranfield School of Management

The holidays provided a welcome opportunity for rest and reflection and the cohort has now returned eager for the second term of their MBA programme 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

The MBA does not always begin with the first day of business school. For one blogger time spent in Taiwan has proved invaluable and he learned more from his visit than he could have ever done through books 

Katie Sherning, Cranfield School of Management

With the first term over and exams and assessments completed it is now just a question of waiting for the exam results and enjoying the growing friendship of the cohort 

Stephen Garden, London Business School

A class in venture capital – from the basics of venture investing through to analysing prospective investments has been the best class to date according to one MBA blogger 

Lee Mrnjavac, Iese Business School

One blogger finds that being able to apply lessons from the classroom to real life situations is what an MBA is all about 

Thomas Pedrick, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Having done his due diligence and compared various business schools in Europe, the US and Asia one blogger is excited to begin his MBA programme in South Africa 

Nicole Hawkins, Fuqua School of Business

Despite exams, study sessions and intensive recruiting, one MBA blogger is surprised by just how much fun business school can be, there has not been a dull moment. 

Wing Lee, Ceibs

The new year brings with it the promise of exciting opportunities as well as the search for a summer internship 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

One new blogger looks back on his first term at business school which was a whirlwind of work 

Eunice Benedicto, Durham University Business School

A christmas away from home with new MBA friends is one that will never be forgotten  

Lubica Valentova, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

With the first tem at business school under her belt, one MBA blogger is already looking forward to recommencing her studies 

Liliana Diaconu, Brandeis International Business School

The sparkling Christmas decorations have filled us with happiness and excitement. The holiday season is the time for gifts and the time when families come together to celebrate. For many MBA students this time of the year also marks the time of final exams, paper deadlines and endless hours studying. Stress and tensions are undoubtedly high but these are the last obstacles before we reach that brief period of rest and recovery.