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

First term down…..

The first term of the Manchester MBA is now officially over. Five exams in four days have been successfully (I hope!) negotiated, ten-thousand word reports have been submitted, celebratory beers have been drunk and temporary farewells wished. Continue reading

Venturing forth with the Manchester MBA

24 hours on from the climax of the Manchester MBA’s Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) school heat and I’m still numb with fatigue and disappointment. Our team came within a gnat’s leg hair of snatching the prize. First place was tied with another team so it went to a judges vote. We were pipped to the title on a split decision. Continue reading

Manchester MBA Not-For-Profit Project

A key part of the Manchester MBA’s first term is the not-for-profit project. At its core it basically involves five strangers bonding together in record time in order to complete a fully fledged consultancy project for a charity.

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The Manchester MBA begins in earnest

The full time MBA at Manchester has finally started in anger. The pre-MBA stage with its fun in the rain at Brathay and gentle warm ups in Accounting is no more. We’re now a week into the real thing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what the first term at MBS involves, here’s a quick run down:

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Pre-MBA: The Brathay Experience

Three days back from the Manchester MBA Brathay experience and I’m only just starting to recover from the exhaustion induced by three days of adrenaline-fueled high-jinks, liver abuse and lack of sleep all mingled with that great Lake District leveller – the inclement weather. Continue reading

The MBA Mindset

Two weeks into the Manchester MBA and the promised wave of work still hasn’t fully broken onto our heads yet. I’m certainly busy but still have enough time to record these reflections for you. Continue reading

Making Friends

Funny thing, friends. When you’re young you can’t seem to stop making them. They just seem to attach themselves to you like post-it notes to the back of the class stooge. When you get older, it becomes more strenuous. It’s almost like the position of “friend” becomes closed. You are no longer accepting applications.

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First Day at the Coal Face

Its over. The first day of the rest of my life.The Manchester MBA. And I just feel drained like a shrivelled lemon husk.

Why? It’s not as if I had to think too much. The day mainly consisted of listening to academic & business members of MBS say their various pieces, laying down the rules and giving us a flavour of what we will be learning (Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Economics during the first term if you’re interested). Continue reading

Fear: Pre-MBA Nerves

This is it. One week away. A full time MBA at Manchester Business School. The trepidation is kicking in big time. Have I done the right thing? Will I end up on top of the world or penniless and jobless in the gutter? Continue reading