Country of origin: United Kingdom
Managing Director, PW Wireless Networks Ltd
At some point in your career you realise that it is time to make some instrumental decisions on the direction you wish to go and, more importantly, how you can influence your chances of getting there. Having gained considerable organisational experience of managing change and delivering IT solutions, I realised that to move up the next step I needed some formal qualifications.
Through my then employer, Reebok UK, I was introduced to the Executive MBA at Lancaster University Management School. I had my concerns because although I had participated in courses or training with employers, I had no formal tertiary education to fall back on. Reebok were very supportive and saw this as an opportunity for them as well as me to develop. The tutors and senior team within the Management School were also very supportive and introduced me to alumni from the programme which gave me enough confidence to embark on this life-changing experience.
And I mean life-changing – in a number of ways. It is hard work and requires a lot of commitment. Most of my work was completed in the evenings, with a number of very late ones. I had a young family and deliberately set out to not encroach on weekends and kept this as family time.
Having acquired this work ethic I now find myself being more focused during the week and still maintaining that ability to keep weekends free for family life. I now have my own consulting business, specialising in IT and business change management, and am currently involved in the start-up of another company, all of which I would never have achieved without my MBA.
The team ethics and collaborative approach to learning offered by EMBA I found exceptional, and being able to be all together for a fixed period of time helped in this. Our tutor group was very cohesive and the opportunity to work with other like-minded people, sharing experiences and knowledge, was valuable in the learning process.
To sum up the EMBA programme, I’d say it’s very challenging and demanding, stretching all aspects of you as a person, but the benefits outweigh any concerns over the effort required or fear of how you will get everything done – because you do. Have a go – you will have fun.