My MBA experience
has completely shifted this term.
My priorities have changed and my outlook is not the same as it
was. Last term work was my
priority and I felt that the MBA was just very time-consuming. I went home to Boston for 3 weeks over
Christmas and I couldn’t bear to pick up a book, let alone look at a
number. I realised I had been
missing old friends and I was desperately in need of recharging my batteries.
survived the initiation tests to get to the rewards of this term. And wow, what a term. How can I summarise it in a
sentence? Interviews, suits, jobs,
rugby matches, discovering the alumni bond, party organising, Sundowners, a
trip to Paris, Sundowners and more parties.
There’s not much
of classes in all of that and yet classes have been great. Marketing and Discovering
Entrepreneurial Opportunities are all getting to the crux of what makes
businesses tick. However, I have
learnt far more from doing interviews than I have in any class. I spent the first few weeks absorbed in
‘cracking cases’, the standard method of interviewing for consulting companies
where a business problem is thrown at you and you have half an hour to draw
together all of your knowledge and wit and come up with reasonable assumptions
on how the problem can be fixed.
It is extremely strategic, a lot of fun and thankfully the preparation
paid off since I am lucky enough to have an internship offer from a consulting
firm for the summer.
But more than
that, this term I have really experienced what it means when people say that
the MBA is all about building a network.
This isn’t as cheesy as it sounds and it’s not artificial. Job-hunting has been a truly bonding
experience. We regularly met up in
groups to prepare for interviews together even though we were all competing for
the same roles. The 2nd
years have been an amazing resource and the alumni I have met have been
extremely supportive and just want to help you to get a job in the companies
they work for.
I have found my
network of friends and contacts growing in so many other ways too. I have met up with a student from
Kellogg on exchange here who has worked for the company I am going to this
summer, I’ve met some creative people through the lunchtime photography classes
offered by an avid photographer in our year, I’ve been to brunch with the 19
girls in my stream, I’ve shared drinks, songs and dances with the long line of
alumni involved in the rugby club after the alumni match last weekend and I’m
finding out the talents of my fellow classmates as part of the committee
organising this year’s summer ball.
And this is all going to continue in the sun – I’m going to Thailand for
2 weeks over the Easter holidays with the sailing club – can’t wait!