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Chinenye Ikwuemesi is studying on Cass Business School's two-year, part-time Executive MBA. She is a Project Manager specialising in Business and IT Transformation, managing and resourcing application development as well as business change and adoption for SMEs and corporates. She has worked in project management and quality assurance on major IT and business transformation projects across banking, FMCG, insurance and central government. Chinenye can be contacted at email@example.com.
The heady first few weeks on the EMBA start with a bang and whiz by at a rate of knots. At first you cope easily. Then struggle sets in with the several hours of pre and post reading to prime you for the next lectures piling up. Then there are meetings with your study group, career and personal development workshops, clubs and societies... Plus your life! Imperceptibly by degrees, the pressure begins to tell, tightening around you like a vice.
The ashen faced cohort arrive, having juggled families and day jobs, having broken through the demands on body, soul and time, to get in promptly, fully absorb and positively contribute to lectures.
It's time to deploy the tools we were given at the time management workshop. Having strict timetables, waking up two hours earlier, studying on the train, even on the loo, starting your coursework piecemeal in advance - these become fundamental to your world.
Factors such as commitment, motivation and being the brightest are not enough to get through the EMBA. As much as anything, this is a key transformative lesson. Our output must increase and improve which means our capabilities must too.
As we bask in the learning we are all sacrificing so much to obtain, probing the experts who teach us, we all now fully grasp how critical effective time management is to our success.
I was tremendously excited before beginning my MBA experience - and the induction weeks did not disappoint. Packed with activities, information and bootcamps - covering topics ranging from accounting to MS Excel - we were off to a hectic start.
As I expected, the calibre of my fellow EMBAs is very high and there is a strong mix of experience and expertise across a range of sectors. It is also instructive that a high percentage of the cohort are fully or partly self-funded, and all appear to be eager and highly motivated.
The frequency and length of our induction activities have helped friendships to form very quickly. A white water rafting trip, followed by dinner at the Coq D'Argent in the Square Mile, marked the end of the induction, and served to cement our fledgling bonds.
Other stand out moments and reminders of the holistic nature of an MBA education were the 'Increasing Executive Presence' workshop, which showed us how maximise our impact on peers, staff and seniors, and the speed reading and memory improvement workshops, which gave us tools to analyse and absorb the reams of data and research we will encounter.
The stage is set for a rigorous, challenging and fun two years.