And breathe!! We have reached the end of induction! We walked tightropes, climbed poles, played basketball and heard from an Olympic medalist. We even managed to squeeze in 2 lectures, an indoor BBQ (thanks to the great British weather!), a pub quiz and a few drinks at the Student Union bar. It has been a great 2 weeks and the business school has done everything possible to ease us into the MBA course.
We started as 67 new students from 30 countries speaking 39 languages but we are most definitely one team now. Our induction started with an insightful talk on diversity given by Curelean Learning bringing the topic of unconscious bias and gender equality to the forefront of our minds. It raised some interesting class discussions and gave me so much to think about for the coming year.
When the topic of gender equality comes up you look for examples of inspirational women who have shown us how women achieve greatness and we had the privilege of hearing this first hand from Cath Bishop, Olympic medallist and diplomat. Cath recalled her time as an Olympic rower when she won a silver medal at her 3rd Olympic games and as a British diplomat in Basra. It was incredible to hear first hand what happens during a bombardment and how in the most dangerous of situations the protocol is to first of all come together and check that everyone is OK. It was sobering when Cath pointed out that this is normally the last thing we do in a hectic business situation.
Another highlight of our first 2 weeks was the Leadership and Team Building day. We were split into small teams so it was a great opportunity to get to know people we hadn’t worked with yet and to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. I managed to face my fears and climb a pole where my 2 classmates Yasmin and Daniel were waiting patiently. It seems pathetic now but it was terrifying being up there and it took great team work to position ourselves into a flower position and jump off the top. I was very proud of our team and our literal leap of faith. Also, at the end of the day, we learnt an invaluable lesson when we were given instructions to perform a task with several teams in the room. Instead of competing against the other teams it would have been more effective for all of the teams to work together. This is definitely a learning point that I am going to be taking into this year; we are now 1 team of 67.
Our induction has been an active 2 weeks ending with an insightful talk from Imperial Sports regarding healthy eating and well-being and a team building session. We have started an IBFTMBA basketball session and I am hoping that we will continue this throughout the year and across the Business School as I think playing sports is the best way to network and to get to know people. If anyone would like to join us, get in touch…there is always space on the team!
Suzy is a student in our Full-Time MBA 2016-17.