What’s been the biggest surprise?
How difficult some of the group work has been. Rewarding, but difficult. My class has 60 different nationalities and my pre-assigned study group has 6 nationalities out of 6 team members, and we are all the better for it, one hundred percent, however it takes patience and discipline to extract the maximum benefit from each person in the group. This is the real leadership and soft skills you learn in the MBA. And this is just one example of where we practice this kind of stuff. In addition, we do group presentations, projects that require us to interview people in the wider university and the general public, and there countless other opportunities to practice soft skills .
What’s been the most disappointing?
One year really is too short to experience Oxford to it’s fullest, but we are certainly trying! So I’m a bit sad that the course is only one short year.
What do you wish you knew before you started?
I wish I had spent time practicing increasing my reading speed. There is just so much great material in the course and in the wider university to read and absorb. I want make the absolute most of this time away from work but I’m limited by my average reading speed.
The Oxford Union is the University’s debating society housed (naturally) in an amazing old building with an superb library (one of literally tens of libraries in Oxford, each hundreds of years old) and we get free membership with our fees. It is fantastic. Each week there are very popular speakers to listen to and learn from, such as famous actors, high profile politicians and other notable figures.
Bow ties and academic gowns are common in Oxford:
MBAs on a field trip to the Mini Cooper plant in Oxford:
We were treated to some snow in Oxford this Winter. Here is The Queen’s College looking spectacular:
Alec Baldwin speaking at the Union: