Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Business journalist Alanna Petroff is studying for her MBA at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. During her undergraduate years she majored in journalism and art history at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Upon graduation, she focused on business journalism, spending three years working as a writer, producer, reporter and business radio host in Canada's broadcasting industry. She expects Oxford's 12-month MBA programme will deepen her understanding of international business and economics and help build her managerial experience. Her ultimate goal is to re-enter the journalism and communications industry with a focus on international business.

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Business schools often try to entice potential students by promoting the collaborative nature of their programmes. This year, I witnessed what I believe are some of the best examples of collaboration and teamwork amongst my peers at the Saïd Business School.

 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

During the summer MBA students were scattered all over the world. However they managed to keep in contact via Facebook which also helped in the initiation of a slightly strange summer pastime  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

With her year-long MBA journey nearing completion Alanna looks back on some of the many highlights of her time at Oxford  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

With a lighter work schedule Alanna has taken the time to fulfil one Oxford tradition – she has taken up rowing  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The end of the MBA is in sight, but there remains a final hurdle 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

With graduation almost upon them, MBA students are stepping up their job search 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Even though you have been accepted onto an MBA programme, don’t anticipate that it will all be plain sailing, there are bound to be setbacks ahead.  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

For the first time Oxford and Cambridge students collaborate to put on a Ted conference – where speakers discuss technology, entertainment and design.  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day at Oxford’s Said Business School 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The MBA tournament is an opportunity for students from across Europe to get to know each other via various sporting events 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The end of term break provides a much-needed rest for students and the opportunity to visit far-flung places 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Neither a public holiday or a royal wedding stopped the private equity class at Said Business School 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The opportunity to work on an entrepreneurial project can provide new areas of learning for students 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The Skoll World Forum on social entrepreneurship provides an opportunity for like-minded individuals to gather together to discuss pressing social issues.  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Back in 1829, Cambridge student, Charles Merivale, challenged his Oxford friend, Charles Wordsworth, to a rowing race. Ever since then, Oxford and Cambridge have been competing in cut-throat rowing races along the River Thames. 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Selecting what is important in one’s life inevitably means having to make sacrifices in other areas 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Juggling a skiing trip with a heavy workload in the second term has proved stressful  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Interview tips for business school – the dos and don’ts 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The network effect came into play, when with three commemoration balls to choose from, MBA students ultimately chose the St John’s ball  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

If you think that an MBA is a chance to take a “break” from work for a year or so, then you should really think again  

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Even though this blog is titled “The fine art of networking,” I’d just like to say that I despise the word “networking.” 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

It is a huge relief to be done with my first set of MBA exams. The bounce in my step has finally returned. But even though exams are over, the course content I studied remains front and centre in my mind. 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

The group work assignments are now over and first-term exams are right around the corner. All the MBA students are revving up to write five massive exams over four days.