What I really learnt on the Manchester MBA

Last time out I gave you my highlights of the Manchester MBA. Now, as promised, I’m giving you the rundown on my key learnings from the programme.

Don’t worry, this won’t be a dull review telling you that I now know how to calculate net present value or can recite Porter’s Five Forces ad nauseam. No, this is about taking it away from the academic side and and focusing on the lessons I’ve learnt that will be of real value to me in my new life.

So without further ado, are the top 5: Continue reading

Manchester MBA – The Highlights

Now the dust has settled, the detailed reflection on the Manchester MBA can begin. In a future installment of this blog I’ll be ruminating on the true learnings I’ve taken from the past year and a half (i.e. the deep and meaningful gains, not just how to do a net present value calculation) but today I’ll be running down my personal highlights from the course.

So *cue the countdown music* here goes (and forgive me for any contradiction or repetition of my half time post - this list is subject to change at the whim of my nostalgia): Continue reading

Final Term – International Business Project

So the final term is upon the Manchester MBA’s Class of 2014 and with it comes the famous International Business Project, the capstone of the whole MBA programme. The project involves teams of students taking a live brief from a company with three months to provide a professional standard piece of consultancy.

Of course, we’ve already completed three other projects during the course. So what makes this one special? Try these for size: Continue reading

RSM Private Equity Contest – Always the Bridesmaid!

Second Place. Again.

The Manchester MBA’s team have just returned from the Rotterdam School of Management’s European Private Equity Competition and, as seems to be the recurring theme in my MBA, finished second to the hosts by one judge’s vote at the final stage. Again, the feeling of “what might have been” is gnawing at my insides but is mollified somewhat by the knowledge that multiple finishes in the Champions League positions is at least a sign of consistent performance. Even the great Matt Busby had to finish second four times before winning his first league title at Manchester United. Continue reading

Manchester MBA Term 5 – Time to Choose

The penultimate term of the Manchester MBA is well underway and the tick-tock of the job clock inexorably eats away at my last six months as a student. The university’s spin around the term is that we’re given more breathing space to get to grips with the job hunt. The reality, however, is that I seem to have less time than ever. Group projects, individual papers and team assessments are lining up ominously with the spectre of pitches for our International Business Project pitches in early December following close behind. Continue reading

Google internship done – New term up

So, after three months my summer internship at Google has been successfully negotiated and the MBA stage at Manchester Business School begins. Only six months until I’m back into the big bad world of full time work!

While I’d hoped to bring you regular internship updates, my hectic schedule – commuting between London & Manchester plus project work and regular essays required by MBS – unfortunately prohibited this. Due to confidentiality reasons I can’t go into much detail about my time at Google but can give you a brief overview: Continue reading

Diploma stage over

After ten months of case study reading, essay writing, mock merger negotiating and project researching, the diploma stage of the Manchester MBA is finally over. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was sat in a lecture theatre with my new colleagues being told what hard work it was all going to be. Now, with the final term’s M&A and UK Consultancy projects finished, we move onto the Summer and, for me, an eleven week internship at Google. Continue reading

Dodge, Duck, Dip,Dive and Dodge at MBAT 2013

I write this one week on from the most exciting, social and fun experience of the Manchester MBA so far. No it wasn’t another stimulating piece of academia or even internship related shenanigans. It was instead the annual MBA Tournament (MBAT) held at HEC Paris. Continue reading

Internship at Google

I’ve spoken previously on this blog about the slight air of panic amongst various members of the MBA cohourt as the deadlines, interviews and offers for the big banks and consulting firms came and went. I also mentioned that the anxiety was misplaced as most firms don’t start advertising their MBA internships until April/May. I’m happy to say that my optimism has been proven right. We seem to have an almost daily email from career services stating that some firm or other has a summer project or internship they need someone to help with so the class of 2014 are filling their boots with applications and interviews. The positions tend to be from a mix of Manchester, London and International based firms. Continue reading