My journey on the MBA began at the end of August 2013. Being on the Young Potential Leaders programme at Manchester Business School meant I started my MBA fresh out of my undergrad at the University of Manchester, which although may have meant I was at a disadvantage with less experience than the average MBA student, I was definitely at an advantage with my local knowledge of Manchester.
Doing an MBA is like boarding a one-way train that travels at 100mph with no stops on the way (well kind of)! Luckily I learnt this fairly early on, which meant I was ready to sacrifice some of life’s little luxuries, such as sleep and friends for books and case studies.
My first semester at Manchester Business School was a big eye opener for me, being more of a marketer on the MBA, it was about time I started to pay attention to the finance modules and learn the differences between financial and management accounting. The weekly schedule was also filled with corporate finance and marketing classes, sprinkled with guest speakers and career management talks. The marketing classes was where I could flex my skills and knowledge better, although the weekly 9am Monday morning in-class tests, based on a large amount of reading for that week, definitely made me question my love of marketing.
In between the core modules was the project-based group work, where working with new people is always an exciting but daunting challenge. Of course it was important to also make time to mingle and make new friends, after all the MBA is about networking! I have to say, learning new Spanish words, thrown in with adventurous Chinese cuisines and the odd Brazilian get together definitely took the pressure off the work load; in the short term anyway!
Before the MBA really took off we were warned that “there won’t be time to do everything”, and that could not have been more true. From venture capital and entrepreneurial competitions, team building trips in the Lake District and coffee chats with bankers, there is something for everyone to do with no chance of getting bored!
The fast pace of the MBA was nowhere near ending as 2013 drew to a close. The final week was filled with exams and deadlines, meaning the Christmas parties were put on hold, something I was not used to during my undergrad as exams were always in the first week back in January. However I appreciated the MBA structure more, as it allowed me to have a relaxing Christmas break, ready to recharge my batteries for the next semester.