Doing an MBA is one of the key decisions we make as individuals especially when each one of us comes from a different walk of life. It is not often that we have time to reflect on our decisions even as major as doing an MBA. So, when we get an opportunity to reflect and discuss it with peers who are going through the same experiences there are astonishing revelations. Some of our MBA Top Tips are shared here by my colleagues and me, from our panel on Friday 18th Jan 2019 as MBA Alumni for London South Bank University.
Miriam Morris is the Head of Solutions at HH Global
HH Global is a marketing execution company providing tailored solutions to strategic partners within retail, financial services and pharmaceutical industries. Sourcing print, direct mail, point of sale and promotional items to enable clients to communicate effectively with their consumers.
Complex problems need complex solutions but the value of choosing the right strategic partner is through understanding what they need to get across and how to deliver it. Working primarily with Marketing and Procurement departments, there is always a conflict between how they want it to look and how much it costs. Soft skills are essential for successful client relationships.
I was a jack of all trades, master of few! My objective was to gain a recognised qualification to reflect my broad experience and skills. The MBA covers all aspects of management and the ability to make decisions incorporating all areas at the same time. We all have our strengths and it’s easier to work on those aspects. But, it was the push from the MBA to gain experience and confidence in areas I needed to improve.
Miriam Morris’ MBA & Tips
- Make use of resource offered. You don’t need to know everything – but where to find it
- Pick a simple topic for your dissertation: The research will broaden the thought around it but the key is to answer, “So What!”
- Work together with your cohort: work with each other’s strengths to gain value from group work – it’s how it’s done in the real world!
Finally, enjoy the experience – it’ll be over before you know it!
Mthoko Madonda, social entrepreneur, founder of Reach Sports Management
Reach Sports Management is a social business that uses sport to create access and opportunities for youth.
The MBA at LSBU offered me an opportunity to gain business skills in the classroom but also the confidence to develop my social business. My dissertation was focused on the intersection of sport and development and looking at how traditional NGO’s manage the transition from donor dependency to income generation activities.
To pursue an MBA degree, one must have a level of agency, dedication and relentlessness. An MBA provided me with an opportunity to engage with individuals from different walks of life, industries and culture. Often, when working in teams, conflict may arise. Managing as well as negotiating conflict is one of the key skills we need not only in our professional lives but also in our day to day relationships with friends and family.
Mthoko Madonda MBA Tips
My three main tips are:
- Trust yourself and do not be afraid of getting it wrong, but also lean on others for areas where you lack expertise.
- The most important step you can take when deciding on your dissertation is starting. Often times, we wait for the right time, which never comes and we end up leaving things for the last minute.
- Appreciate diversity and difference, there is a wealth of knowledge that comes from diversity and learning from others and taking on different viewpoints helps us navigate the rapidly changing environments we currently live in.
Bhumika Zhaveri, Founder and CEO at InteriMarket
I am Founder and CEO at InteriMarket a contractor community and engagement platform. I am determined to help solve the age-old challenge of commoditizing talent, by helping humanize the process of engagement, transactions and retention.
My experience reaches beyond the technology business right now and into a licensed career counsellor and personal coach. I have years of experience working and mentoring people through a career change, progression and redundancies. As a published author you will find my work in a variety of publications focusing on digital ethics, AI in HR & Recruitment and more.
I am also actively involved with TechUK, IEEE for Data ethics, AI & digital committees and TechSheCan charter with PWC, Girls who code and similar women in stem organisations. Currently, I am also the Tech Advisor for a couple of startups and charities, and host my monthly career and confidence webinars for professionals that are keen to work on their personal and professional development. In addition to these, I am always sharing my tips on the power of mindfulness and self-love, after all balance in our lives is the key purpose of our living.
Bhumi’s Top MBA Tips
My three main tips are:
- Be brave and challenge yourself, don’t be afraid to unlearn and learn again. Definitely challenge yourself positively at each step especially when you are struggling. See a different perspective and bring innovation to your thinking
- Be mindful. This is extremely important and I wish someone had told me this when I was doing my MBA. Being mindful is the best thing you can do as individuals to focus on the task at hand and plan for the future. Whether it’s your assignments, exams or even dissertations. Remember, when something is not working out, take some time out and breathe. Become mindful of the infinite possibilities and solutions, and let it flow to you. Trust that the solutions and inspiration will come to you if you just let it flow with an open mind and persistence but by being kind to yourself and others.
- Learn your way. What I mean by this is that we all have unique learning styles so become aware of yourself, your strengths and how you best learn. Don’t necessarily follow what works for everyone because you are uniquely individual and have your own ways to learning, contributing and even coming up with solutions to become aware of that.
Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues for their contributions. This extensive blog is filled with their experience, tips and knowledge. It will help you all excel not just during an MBA but even beyond as some of these are life skills if you truly adopt them.
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