Position pre MBA: Compliance investigator at Amazon in London
What factors made you decide to choose the Cass MBA over other programmes?
Location - Cass is at the heart of London with tons of networking opportunities and fun when you are out of the classroom. I want to gain business acumen to start my own business in hospitality, and Cass offers outstanding entrepreneurship supports through City Ventures. The one-year programme means you are juggling between a million things - deadlines, projects, events, social gatherings and the gym. You have to be good at everything you do especially with time management and self-motivation.
What motivated you to do an MBA?
After 6 years of professional experience in a variety of industries in the East and the West, I aspire to be an entrepreneur and start my own business in hospitality. I thought an MBA would provide the knowledge and the push I needed to start the ball rolling.
What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?
I am passionate about bringing people together and enriching their lives. I want to be an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry after the MBA, have fun and learn everything I possibly can along the way.
How would you describe your overall experience of the MBA so far?
The Cass MBA has been challenging and expansive since day one. The course is well-structured covering all aspects of business from finance, organisational behavior to leadership development. One of my favorite parts of the MBA has been the integration week at the end of each block where you have to work effectively as a team and solve complex issues. I have grown in both confidence and problem-solving skills when faced with a business issue. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur like me, attend the CityStarter Weekend and pitch your business idea in front of hundreds of people. You'll love it.
How would you describe your fellow cohort?
We are a diverse and fun cohort from all walks of life. I got to know my study groups inside out and met life-long friends in a short period of time. I also gained a wealth of knowledge from my colleagues through projects, classroom discussions and the Sandhurst leadership course.
What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass's location bring any added benefit?
London is with no doubt one of the best cities to live for our generation. I have been in the UK for over a decade and spent the last two and half years loving (or hating occasionally) every second of it. Being in the center of it all, Cass offers endless networking opportunities, which could lead to your next employer.
What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing the Executive MBA at Cass?
Work hard, have fun and make history. Take advantage of the excellent career support, go to every event you think may or may not be interesting (you never know), be kind to your cohort, enjoy a pint of beer at the pub after school, read your case studies and most importantly, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. I promise you won't be able to do it all and you will never be bored.