Networking

Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Piyush Jain, one of our US-based bloggers, describes his first three weeks of business school  

Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School

Harvard MBA Marta Szczerba believes that student clubs are the best way to make lasting friendships 

Michael Wieder, Imperial Business School

Michael Wieder, one of our UK-based bloggers, reflects on what he would like to achieve at business school  

Owen Woolcock, London Business School

Owen Woolcock, one of our UK-based bloggers, describes office life at one of the most recognisable companies in the world  

Monica Dee, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Faced with a variety of tasks, our Asia-based blogger Monica Dee, is learning the importance of time management 

Abhinav Charan, Cambridge Judge MBA

Abhinav Charan, one of our UK-based bloggers, reflects on his year at business school and his MBA objectives 

Gareth Rees, University of Bath EMBA

Gareth Rees, our MBA blogger at the University of Bath, reflects on the differences between studying for an MBA and an executive MBA 

Prakhar Gautam, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

FT blogger Prakhar Gautam has completed four weeks at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Already he recognises that it will be a roller coaster ride 

Veena Viswanathan, Insead

How important is it to develop staff talent? MBA blogger Veena Viswanathan asks Rajeev Kakar, chief executive of Dunia Finance UAE for his opinion  

Kshitij Gopal, National University of Singapore

Most MBA courses are short. For most students they’re too short to figure out what to do with life and the future. For others they’re too packed with activity to sit back and take a break and for the select few who have families or jobs waiting for them – too little interest to care about what the batch is up to. 

Charlotte Clarke, FT

“Despite a conviction for fraud, which billionaire said he was planning to stand in the European elections?” and “Which internet company turned down Daniek Ek, the founder of Spotify, for a job?” were just two of the questions in the FT’s Business School Challenge, which launched this week. Seven European business schools participated and and the winner was…… 

Kshitij Gopal, National University of Singapore

What is networking? Kshitij Gopal thinks there is value to be found in networking and making contacts for the same reasons that we make friends 

Tristan Tucker, University of Queensland

This month I have completed an interesting MBA subject in the field of innovation leadership. A week-long intensive covered traditional Innovation topics such as itellectual property, research and development as well as less obvious strands of innovation including process innovation. 

Abhinav Charan, Cambridge Judge MBA

Three weeks into his MBA programme and Abhinav is thoroughly enjoying himself. Although the workload is heavy, there is still time to attend a formal ball 

Tristan Tucker, University of Queensland

At the two-thirds mark, Tristan reflects on his aspirations for his MBA when he started the programme. Networking he says is far and away the best part of his programme. 

Hammad Hussain, IMD

MBA holidays are as much about making contacts, reviewing future employers and investigating the global economy as they are about lying on the beach and getting a suntan  

Derek Laan, Sungkyunkwan - Kelley School of Business

One blogger sets the record straight about networking. It isn’t just meeting people for the sake of it, it’s about making new friends who have common goals or interests 

James Doherty, Esade Business School

As part of the welcoming committee for Esade, I get a fair amount of questions in my inbox about how to prepare for the start of the MBA back in Barcelona. 

Noel Hanssens, University of Hong Kong

As well as the tangible benefits of studying for an MBA programme, there are the intangible ones which are equally important 

Benjamin Bechtolsheim

Deciding whether or not to study for an MBA is not only about the return on investment. It is also about the experience itself. Will you enjoy it? Are you prepared to sacrifice other areas of your life? Benjamin Bechtolsheim weighs up the pros and cons 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

In his final blog, Mark Partridge looks back on his business school career and gives some advice on when it might be a good time to study for an MBA  

Linda Groarke, Open University Business School

Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ campaign is proving particularly popular among women – and men – in New York  

Linda Groarke, Open University Business School

Networking is perhaps the most important aspect of an MBA programme. Linda Groarke gives her tips for successful networking