On an MBA Course
Grant Williams is currently enrolled on the full-time MBA programme at Imperial College Business School. Grant studied politics at Leeds Metropolitan University 12 years ago and is hoping that an MBA will help him reflect on how he approaches business.
Why did you decide to study for an MBA?
- I wanted to learn more about business and corporate strategy, as well as taking some perspective and learning about myself and why I approach business and managing people in a certain way.
Are you enjoying the programme and why?
- I enjoy the majority of the programme, with the most enjoyable parts being when I am learning new things that I know I can take out into the real world.
- The MBA enables you to really analyse where you are in your career, strengths and weaknesses and what improvements need to be made so as to hit personal targets and dreams. The careers service team are also very good at preparing you for tough interviews, case study questions, etc.
- The large number of consultants with a wide range of experience, and the careers team provide support for my personal leadership journey, which I believe is as important as the studying and networking opportunities that an MBA at Imperial presents.
How much flexibility do you have to specialise?
- There is a range of electives to choose from in the spring and summer terms, while the final project gives you the chance to choose between a consulting project and an Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design task.
- The great thing with the final project is that it caters to people who want to become consultants and to others who are looking to start their own thing or be involved in an early stage start up.
Do you feel the programme will equip you with the skills to apply your business knowledge in the global environment?
- Both the core subjects and the electives will give MBA students the ability to apply this new found knowledge in future roles. A lot of business theory has been around for many years now and is still applied in key frameworks.
- The innovation side of the Imperial MBA sets students up nicely for analysing the rise of digital media and how this is driving new and existing industries to higher levels, along with how global giants are having to both adapt and embrace disruptive technologies and platforms.
How many hours outside of class are you putting in?
- I look to study for 2 hours each evening, this could be reading, typing up lecture notes or trying to extend my networking opportunities. On a weekend I try to find 5 hours where I can dedicate myself to the MBA and also to shaping my future job aspirations and company targets.
How is your work/life balance?
- We have a lively, vibrant and outgoing cohort and there are social events happening at least once every two weeks. I live in London so am slightly detached from all the meet ups that happen, but I know the international students are certainly embracing all that London has to offer on the social front (which is a lot).
- Imperial is also very good at arranging a selection of guest speakers and company presentation sessions, which is always followed by drinks and nibbles enabling networking opportunities to present themselves.
Are the school and staff well connected in the business world?
- The Imperial Business School are connected, but they are aware that they could do a lot more in this area.
- Several members of the cohort have also taken it on themselves to reach out to guest speakers. With the vision of the new Dean of the Business School, I believe Imperial will continue to improve on its connections with heavyweight business leaders from the outside world.
Do you think the fees will prove worth it?
- It is very hard to make a call on if the fees will be worth it, but I believe as long as people study hard and take a lot of what they learn out into the real world then a positive ROI will be more than likely.
- I am funding my MBA with no help, but having looked on the Imperial business website the information is clear to find and read.
Do you feel that the programme will meet your career requirements? If so, how?
- I believe it will give me a greater confidence in my decision making, as well as the ability to address and solve business problems and managerial decisions in a more structured and process driven way.
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