It took an MBA to make me realise that the most important thing in life is a good mattress

It took an MBA to make me realise that the most important thing in life is a good mattress

I ate Thai food at the same restaurant every lunch for a week; I think that was about the only constant from the first three weeks of our Global Consulting Project (GCP). By the time I headed back to Cambridge, I had flown for 57.5 hours, changed my bed 11 times, experienced a snow stormRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week four

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week four

The teams report from the final week of their Global Consulting Project (GCP): CLIENT: SIAM COMMERCIAL BANK Team members: Jerry Dulayakometh, Yusuke Kobayashi, Maura Lightfoot, Yenson She and Wimonrat Wachiraksasawakul This week marked the end of our Global Consulting Project with Siam Commercial Bank, one of the largest three commercial banks in Thailand. The out-of-classroom perspectiveRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week three continued

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week three continued

  CLIENT: DNANEXUS Team members: Krish Vallurupalli, Alberto Facelli, Lee (Minjing) Li, Ram Rajan, and Shinichiro Shinozaki THE CASE OF YOUR IDENTITY IN THE CLOUD: It’s been three weeks and we are almost towards the end of our Global Consulting Project (GCP). Our trials and tribulations have somehow brought us closer together as a team of five MBAs travelling from Cambridge toRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week three

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week three

    CLIENT: GULFTAINER Team members: Lily Huang, Claus Buckert, Davy Gant, Vasileios Paschos, and Stephanie Pyne. It has been two weeks since our Global Consulting Project (GCP) team touched down at Dubai International Airport. We were promptly met by two company drivers with two individual trucks—because our luggage evidently deserved its own transportation toRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week two continued

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week two continued

  CLIENT: ALSOL Members: Thanawan Wichienkuer, Richard Doig, Neil Madden, Miriam Noceda and Giulia Seri So what have we learnt here in Uberlandia by the second week of our project: firstly all restaurants charge for food by weight and Uberlandians party on Sundays (yes, Sunday). The language barrier still affects everything we do, but thanksRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week two

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week two

CLIENT: AFRICA’S VOICES FOUNDATION (ALSO KNOWN AS SIMBA’S PRIDE) Members: Render Braswell, Sarah Burslem, David Pepper, and Vera Vasilyeva I write this from our apartment in central Nairobi, where we have had an extremely interesting week.  We were able to meet a consultant working on the Well Told Story project (funded by the Gates Foundation) and anRead more

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week one continued

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week one continued

During the Global Consulting Project, MBAs form teams to consult with blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations on a particular aspect of their business. We asked a selection of the GCP teams to send us a snapshot of their week’s activities. Come back for next week’s installment. CLIENT: KINGDEE Team members: Yuki Cheung, Ru Hao, Rui Huang,Read more

Global Consulting Projects 2015:  Week one

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week one

During the Global Consulting Project, MBAs form teams to consult with blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations on a particular aspect of their business. We asked a selection of the GCP teams to send us a snapshot of their week’s activities. Come back for next week’s installment. CLIENT: ALSOL Members: Thanawan Wichienkuer, Richard Doig, NeilRead more

A deep delve into Finance

A deep delve into Finance

From the very early stages, I was convinced the Cambridge programme aligned with what I was looking for in an MBA: from globally diverse classmates to brilliant lecturers, all integrated within one of the world’s best universities—the list goes on. Having previously worked for the finance industry in analytical roles based in Bangalore and Gurgaon,Read more

Shaking things up, with a purpose

Shaking things up, with a purpose

This time last year I never imagined I would be sitting in a hall of residence, surrounded by the paraphernalia of student life, writing about my experiences of studying for an MBA at the University of Cambridge.  And yet, here I am. I’ll admit my decision to go to business school raised a few eyebrowsRead more

How to approach an MBA competition

How to approach an MBA competition

In just one month we’ll be in Dubai, pitching an innovative social start-up idea to an executive jury, as a regional finalist team in the Hult Prize Competition (the development challenge set by former President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative). We’re incredibly excited to be part of a competition that has been named “theRead more

Flash Forward: Looking back on Michaelmas term

Flash Forward: Looking back on Michaelmas term

The first term seemed to just happen, in the flashes of flashes. It has been a period of both getting settled into a new home and experiencing a unique curriculum that has given me invaluable insights into the makings of great leaders and managers. Yet it has not been until well into the winter breakRead more

Emerging from and reflecting on Michaelmas Term

Emerging from and reflecting on Michaelmas Term

  The first term of the Cambridge MBA has been highly demanding, to say the least. In the midst of completing seven core courses, a thorough Career Accelerator Programme, Leadership Seminar Series, Cambridge Venture Project (CVP), and countless extracurricular activities both within and outside of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) there has been little timeRead more

Pursuing the praxis of leadership

Pursuing the praxis of leadership

‘What is leadership?’, ‘What are the criteria for successful leadership?’, ‘How does an individual develop into the best possible leader?’ …although there are thousands of papers and articles published with a multitude of concepts and definitions, they can hardly shed light on all our questions. Since the start of our MBA programme, we have beenRead more

Questions, answers…

Questions, answers…

Why do an MBA? That is the question my peers, former colleagues and friends regularly leveled at me leading up to the start date of the course, here at Cambridge Judge Business School. It’s common to be asked regardless of your industry – but in my case, as a journalist, the question was asked withRead more

From structural engineer to MBA

From structural engineer to MBA

Even now, almost two months into the programme, it is only just starting to hit home quite where I am and what I’m doing.  The life I left behind in Canada just a few months ago seems years in the past, with working-life happily paused for the time being.  As an engineer, and self-professed geek,Read more

One month in- matriculated and project ready!

One month in- matriculated and project ready!

I am now one month into my Cambridge MBA experience but it feels like so much longer (in a good way!). Every day is so full of information, networking, practical sessions and fun that I’m already starting to feel like a member of this society, like I truly belong here. There’s been a lot happeningRead more

Kick starting the MBA year with the EAP (English for Academic Purposes Programme)

Kick starting the MBA year with the EAP (English for Academic Purposes Programme)

“MBA”–though a seemingly short acronym holds a profound significance for students about to embark on the programme this autumn. For me, the Cambridge MBA programme will be another highly valuable chapter of my life, in helping me to transition from a local fund manager role to a management position in the banking industry. How toRead more

On the fantastic MBA journey about to start

On the fantastic MBA journey about to start

People regard the MBA as an important threshold, and hope to widen their horizons by crossing it. Be this a promotion in their current career, a great opportunity in a new industry, developing a start-up, or even taking a period off to explore and consider their next step. For me, the most important factor inRead more

Thoughts before the MBA year ahead

Thoughts before the MBA year ahead

As I write, I am six weeks away from starting my MBA journey, a journey that I knew for quite a while that I wanted to take. All along the application process, the MBA felt like some far off adventure, not quite in the material present.  Even as the interview session passed, the acceptance letterRead more