Programme: Executive MBA 2016
Current MBA: Logistics & Fulfillment Director, EMERI
What motivated you to do an Executive MBA and why did you choose Cass Business School?
To broaden my knowledge of business language and frameworks, learn new skills and tools to enable me to step-up the pace of my career development, and to meet new people from different organisations and learn from them.
Why Cass? Having grown up, lived and worked in London my whole life, I wanted to choose a school that was at the heart of the city, I felt Cass offered a great balance between being academic yet practical. The employees I met whilst applying recognised that although it was going to be a huge challenge, people need to balance work & life in order to achieve success on the course.
What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?
Since completing the first year, I have been fortunate to be promoted into a new role as EMERI Logistics and Fulfilment Director at my current organisation, Christie's, where I have worked for the past 10 years. I would like to remain within the company for the next few years moving up to a more senior level. In five years+ I would like to be building my own company or working within Operations and Client Service at a large football club or public venue such as Wembley, the Albert Hall, Wimbledon etc.
How would you describe your overall experience of the MBA so far?
It has been a huge challenge to manage the workload alongside a full-time job that involves a high level of travel and project & people management. I have a huge sense of achievement that I have been able to pull this off in the first year, passing all exams and coursework and getting a promotion at work! Alongside this, I have ensured I have maintained a decent level of social activity and fun outside of these two, which is extremely important!
How do you balance you work and personal life with academic studies?
Make sure you are organised and book things in advance with friends and family so they are in the diary. Then you can manage your studies around this, of course, being flexible if your team needs you to call in or meet to work on your group projects.
Try to read up on class material during journeys and trips, make sure you have a decent sized phone or mini-tablet that you carry with you at all times, so you can download articles and books, ready for when you have any spare moment!
What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?
Working alongside people from all different industries and learning from their wealth of experience.
Also, the Chile elective was a wonderful way to put all the learning from the first year into practice in a real-life scenario with such an interesting and dynamic local organisation.
What has been the most challenging aspect?
For me, getting all the reading done so I could understand the topics better. I have such an intense and busy job I could not get this done at work. I have needed to find time in the evenings or weekends, which is difficult when you want to be out having fun with friends and family or getting some R&R.
How would you describe your fellow cohort?
Intelligent, interesting, funny, dynamic, enthusiastic, committed and talented. They have been a great bunch of people to get to know and work with. I know I have made new friends for life and maybe even people I will go into business with one day.
What has the learning experience been like? How are classes and taught and what sort of expertise do the academics bring?
On the whole, the academics I have enjoyed the most are the ones that relate their personal experiences to the subject, bringing it to life. The facilities at Aldersgate Street are comfortable too which makes it a nice place to be spending so much time in.
What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass’s location bring any added benefit?
I have grown up in and around London so I would not have wanted to study anywhere else. We have had some interesting speakers which adds to the experience and the learning. Also, we have a very international cohort which reflects how multicultural London is in 2015.
What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing an Executive MBA at Cass?
Be sure that you not only have the time to attend the classes and join in with the group work, but that you are mentally ready commit. It is massively rewarding once you have got through the first year and reflect on what you have achieved, however, there are times when it's hard to keep pushing through, such as in the middle of winter when it's dark and cold outside. I just keep in the back of my mind how proud I would be with myself once it was done.