Lessons from a retail magnate

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It was a pleasure to meet and interview Marty Wikstrom as she visited us at Cambridge Judge Business School for the MBA Leadership in Action series. Marty’s is retail royalty with a career spanning roles including: CEO in Fashion at Compagnie Financiere Richemont and Managing Director at Harrods, London. As I listened to her speak, […]

How to finance your start-up

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One of the key reasons I wanted to study at Cambridge is its world-beating technology cluster and the opportunities that it provides. Just consider this – a town with a population of around 100,000 people that has over 1,500 science and technology-based companies – the ‘Cambridge Cluster’/’Silicon Fen’ is a truly impressive feat. It is […]

Management Praxis: learning through p...

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In her second video blog, the MBA is in full swing – with one test down and the first consulting project underway. Induja talks about learning through play in Management Praxis classes, and how the course is directly applicable to working in a collaborative project team.  

“Be present…and look up&#...

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In his second video blog, Sean talks about the phenomenon of time at Cambridge. There’s simply not enough time in the day to do everything, so the key is to “Be present” in the moment, at a time when every MBA is shooting off for something different.

On the hunt… a Cambridge MBA’s ...

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Received job offers 3 months out: 95% Switched location, function or industry: 86% Average salary package: £ 85,248 – Cambridge MBA Employment Report It’s quite an amazing list of statistics. But then again, statistics are not going to get you a job. Ultimately, it’s down to you, your ability and your effort. This is a brief […]

MBA masterpiece: a work in progress

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An MBA from Cambridge is in many ways a personal masterpiece in progress. Crafted to fit your personality, with the best experts guiding your journey.  We too, the students, are expected to be wise enough to choose how to shape our learning and create this masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong. Our schedule from 9.00 till […]

From Anthropology to Z-Statistics: Or...

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It’s no secret that math and I have never been the best of friends. Don’t get me wrong: I love its clarity, and am awed by the elegant and powerful insight it can provide. But I’m the person who is more comfortable facilitating a community development workshop with sixty herders in Mongolia, or designing a […]

One month MBA-nniversary

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Esther blogs the first month of the Cambridge MBA – from tacking Excel to learning to love the weather…

On the panel: Women in Tech

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                      A few weeks ago, I was a panelist on the topic of women in tech, at the BBC. There were three panelists and then chairing it all was Maggie Philbin, who has a long history as a science and technology presenter at the BBC […]

Orientation Week & ‘Britis...

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Sean Heisler talks developing networks and bonds with classmates in Orientation Week of the Cambridge MBA, and tackling useful ‘British-isms’!

An entrepreneur goes back to school

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About me…. A typical engineer with atypical dreams, I ventured into entrepreneurship – by starting a beverage alcohol company immediately after completing my undergraduate course in 2009. I enjoyed the unrivaled feat of introducing ‘Ready to Drink’ alcoholic beverages and other spirits in the Indian market. My decision to take a break from my business […]

A new legacy

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Today, I have more than 30 friends pursuing an MBA at various top universities across the planet. We communicate regularly and tell each other stories of our incredible experiences in the first few weeks of our MBA journeys. Stories and photos of careers events with top institutions, inspiring classes and wild parties flood my phone […]

Why an MBA minute tops a New York min...

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Christina blogs her first few weeks as a Cambridge MBA, via New York.

From Dubai with Love

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Induja describes her arrival in Cambridge: from getting the essentials (a pressure cooker!) to her first Microeconomics classes. Her new home is Churchill College, where she’ll be joined by her family later in the year. In the meantime she’s been getting to know the communities around Cambridge.  

An MBA Theory of Everything

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A few weeks ago, amidst my preparations for Cambridge, I realised I had not yet watched The Theory of Everything, the film of Stephen Hawking as a student at Cambridge. This was immediately pushed to the top of my to-do list, for what better way to get into the mindset of the upcoming year than […]

From a sleepless night in the jungle ...

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Several weeks ago I booked my one-way flight to Heathrow for this month. It’s not the first time that I flown to such a destination and, nevertheless this short-haul flight carries an enormous meaning for me: I’m moving to the United Kingdom to commence my MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School. The MBA is no […]

Singapore Trek: Sarah’s view

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Stepping off the plane at Chang International Airport, I smiled as I brushed off a bit of the sand still attached sweetly to my skin from the lovely Kata Beach, Thailand. The air was heavy with humidity, but I started my journey to my next destination, the Green Kiwi hostel in the Little India area […]

Singapore Trek: Gunnar’s view

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Even before the MBA programme officially started it’s already become clear how much of an exciting international experience it is going to be! The incoming MBA students joined up to attend a two-day trek to Singapore to learn more about the region, selected companies and what it’s like to do business in one of the […]

Johannesburg Trek: Holly’s view

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After hearing one of the Cambridge MBA treks would take place in my hometown, Johannesburg, I eagerly looked forward to attending, as this would be my first event as an official MBA student. The event was wonderfully thought out; starting off with an alumni and partner dinner at the popular African themed Moyo restaurant, followed […]

Johannesburg Trek: Ian’s view

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First let’s set the scene, with some background music: African drums in the background… bring in some guitar… some bongos… and then the adventure begins… Beautiful sunsets, lions, wildlife, wild people, load shedding, mini-bus taxis, 11 official languages, the Springboks, biltong, Madiba, Mzansi, South Africa. I don’t think I need to give you any more […]

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Blog authors

Dipika SawhneyDipika Sawhney

Dipika is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to her MBA, she helped build successful e-commerce start-ups and holds a degree in computer engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, debates and yoga.

Prasad NaikPrasad Naik

Prasad Naik is a 2015/2016 MBA Student. Prior to the MBA, he worked for six years as a corporate finance advisor in the technology sector, focused on ecommerce and digital media. He holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Warwick. He loves learning about technology and attending thought-proving debates at the Student Union.

Jonathan KungJonathan Kung

Jonathan is a MBA 2015/16 student. Prior to his MBA, Jonathan has worked extensively in China, as Project Manager then Vice General Manager of a real-estate development company, where he oversaw a project valued at $150m. At Cambridge, he is the captain of the MBA and Malaysian Society basketball teams, and keenly follows the entrepreneurial scene.

Julia NelsonJulia Nelson

Julia Nelson is a 2015-16 MBA student. Trained as an anthropologist, she has spent the last 10 years working in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania as a social “intrapreneur”, making energy and mining companies more responsible and sustainable. She is passionate about learning new approaches to social innovation, and plans to return to the field after her MBA. In her spare time, she rows for Darwin College, practices Spanish on her classmates, and is on a mission to find the best Szechuanese food in the UK.

Sarah TanSarah Tan

A 2015-16 MBA candidate, Sarah is from Singapore and worked as a web developer and team manager, building websites for universities, digital agencies, and British and American national political campaigns. Post-MBA, she is interested in developing products and processes to help organisations improve their employee and customer experiences. She is co-chair of the Technology SIG and enjoys hosting classmates at St John’s formal halls.

Wafa TaftazaniWafa Taftazani

Wafa worked in corporate and investment banking at a global bank in Indonesia for 3 years before his MBA. He studied political science and international relations in his undergraduate years, and intends to work at the intersection of business and politics post-MBA. He recently joined Hughes' debating and film societies and is looking forward to a roller-coaster year ahead!

Christina MackayChristina Mackay

Christina is a 2015-16 MBA student. Prior to Cambridge she worked as a management consultant for eight years living in London and New York and working with clients across Europe, America, China and Oceania. Her passion is entrepreneurship and she intends to start her own business post-MBA. In her spare time she plays netball for her college, runs along the river Cam and has joined the Whiskey society.

Simone GoldsteinSimone Goldstein

Simone is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA she worked in Strategy at the media agency MEC, on the travel accounts Marriott International and United Airlines. A native New Yorker, she attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she received a BA in Art History and Anthropology.

Pat ParriniPat Parrini

Patrizio was born in Florence and raised in a tiny village in the Chianti Hills. He has seven years of work experience between consultancy at a Big 4 and corporate and investment banking at the largest Italian banking group. He is passionate about travelling, running, skiing and mountain-hiking. As well as being a voracious reader with a moderate addiction for Japanese food.

Sarah BroderickSarah Broderick

Sarah is an MBA student from the 2014-15 class. Previously she worked in the Private Equity industry focused on real estate assets in the United States. During the MBA, she has concentrated on the startup ecosystem in Cambridge and abroad while also competing as a Blue for the Cambridge University Hockey Club.