Life after the Manchester MBA

So, life passes. The minutia of my experiences in the Manchester MBA recede into memory. It’s been ten months since I stepped outside of Booth Street West as a student for the last time and it already seems a lifetime ago.

I know from your correspondence that the biggest question that most of you have is where have my MBA colleagues and I washed up now we are set adrift in the big wide world?

Starting with my colleagues; most of them seem to fall into two camps. The first have ended up in London and have secured a UK work permit (or didn’t need one in the first place). These have mainly ended up at various consultancy firms (e.g. HCL, Infosys, EY) but there are also a number in finance (Amex, Goldmans, Credit Suisse) or even in more marketing roles (Johnson & Johnson). The second group are generally back in their home country either by design or due to not being able to secure a UK based job (although this latter group is pretty small and their lack of success was often due to not being organised and focused enough early in the process – if you haven’t been planning and networking during the course it is difficult to pull a dream job out of the bag when it is all over).

And then there’s the rest of us, of which I am one. We are essentially a mish-mash of MBA’s who haven’t followed the classic consultancy / finance MBA path.

As to my situation; to be honest, I haven’t sorted myself out with a “proper” post MBA job yet. I knew from the start that a jump to the corporate world was not for me at this stage in my life. Instead I have been working for myself as an independent consultant across a wide range of briefs that have mainly been sourced from networking. I’ve done business plans for university spin outs and expensive start-ups, market analysis for a major retailer and digital strategy for an SME. My main gig, however, is as an Investment Manager at a Venture Capital Firm which has worked out well – 4 days a week there and 1 day a week (plus any spare hours) on my other projects. It’s gratifying that I am putting my MBA knowledge to good use – VCIC was not wasted after all! It’s an interesting and inspirational job – just seeing what the entrepreneurs have achieved always gives you a kick up the pants – and one that I am happy to do for the foreseeable future. And yet…..

Doing the MBA creates an itch that needs to be scratched. Somehow, somewhere, I want to be doing my own thing. Working at a place with an ownership stake and the shot at financial independence. The Venture Capital piece does help a little but it doesn’t have the same buzz as running your own business. One day I will have to grasp the nettle and strike out on my own or forever regret it.

One day my MBA friends, one day…..

One thought on “Life after the Manchester MBA

  1. A proper job post MBA is what every student aspires for. However, I believe it’s essential to figure out what one wants to do first. Simply looking for the best B school for finance or marketing isn’t the end of the road. You need to figure out your own thing before that and it requires quite a bit of self-introspection and quiet thinking.

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