Kunj Sheth

Country of origin: India

Lead Pricing Strategy Analyst, Cummins Power Generation (UK)

Having worked for four years in market research and consulting, I realised that to take the next step in my career towards market strategy, I had to gain knowledge of new tools and techniques.

Lancaster University Management School’s Full-time MBA programme attracted me over other programmes because of three primary reasons. Firstly, the three live consulting projects with small, medium and large organisations, which allowed me to put theory into practice immediately and gain an international business perspective. Secondly, the world-renowned faculty and the strong focus on strategic management. And last but not least, the unique Mindful Manager module, which not only develops the soft skills but also imparts critical teaching of reflective learning and being mindful of the acts we undertake.

The overall effect has been significant, with a steep learning curve and tremendous personal and professional development by learning via ‘unlearning’.

The Lancaster MBA, and in particular the MBA Career Advancement Programme, gave me a wide range of skills, through practice interviews and the CV review sessions, which really helped me in my subsequent job search.

I am currently working as a Lead Pricing Strategy Analyst at Cummins Power Generation, in the UK. Moving from services to a manufacturing industry and changing the profile and country completely was no easy task. However, thanks to the support provided by the MBA careers team, guidance provided by active Lancaster alumni, and the challenges provided by the programme as well as by brilliant and helpful classmates, I was fortunate in securing this position. The final round of face-to-face interviews was undertaken by a panel of five directors and managers from the UK and US. All my learning and experience was tested in this challenging situation and ultimately I was successful.

One of the biggest lessons for me from the entire transition is: “Patience – good things come to those who wait.”