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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.
Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management Age: 25 Nationality: American (Eritrean origin) Background: Merih has a degree in civil engineering and has worked in government for four years. He hopes to use his MBA to move into the private sector.
Sam Peter, Saïd Business School, Oxford Age: 26 Nationality: South African Background: Sam has worked in consultancy in South Africa. He would like to build an emerging market private-equity fund and sees his MBA as a step in that direction.
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 plans to remain in finance.
Michael Wieder, Imperial Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British Background: Michael 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 as a way of learning more about leadership.
Victoria Michelotti, Stern at NYU Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Victoria has six years of marketing and PR experience in the cultural sector. She joined Stern to build on her management and analytical skills.
Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson Age: 25 Nationality: Indian Background: Piyush has worked with several life science start-ups in India, helping them to secure funding, and now wishes to merge his sales and marketing skills with his interest in technology.
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 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.
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 in IT consulting.
Kshitij Gopal, National University of Singapore Age: 26 Nationality: Indian Background: Kshitij has worked in 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 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.
Alexandra Fitzgerald, Rotman School of Management Age: 28 Nationality: Canadian Background: Alex has a 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.
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. He hopes the IPMX will give him the chance to reassess his goals.