I can honestly say, making the decision to apply for the Imperial MBA is one of the best I’ve ever made. These first two months have been intensive but have provided a lot of space for self-reflection and growth.
Here are three lessons I’ve learned so far while studying an Imperial MBA programme.
Find yourself a mentor and coach
As part of the Full-Time MBA, we are matched up with a Careers Consultant and also have the opportunity to connect with a mentor from a past cohort. My Consultant has helped me define my career goals and build a plan moving forward. She challenges me to think of my professional growth opportunities in a new way and further pursue my goals.
My mentor completed his MBA as part of last year’s cohort and provides a unique perspective of how to get the most out of the programme. Both people have given me advice that has helped shaped how I tackle the programme for the rest of the year.
Be open to new experiences
My world has grown since starting the on the Imperial MBA. I’ve found myself in a cohort of people from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and culturally. I learn something new from my classmates and their past experiences every day. I’ve also been pushed by my Careers Consultant to explore different post-MBA career paths, which has opened doors to jobs and potential opportunities I had never looked at before. This year is a chance to explore new paths and ways of thinking.
Take time for self-reflection
A large part of the induction and early stages of the MBA has been self-reflection. We’ve examined our strengths, how we work in teams and our personal leadership styles. Sitting down and looking at the way that I work has changed the way I approach group work, class assignments and career decisions.
I know how to lean into my strengths and be aware of my weaknesses in order to get work done effectively and be a strong team member. It can be hard to find time for this level of self-reflection in the working world, but the MBA programme has given me a platform to not only reflect, but also think through how I can use this knowledge and reflection in my everyday life.
Yes, the first two months have gone by quickly, they’ve been packed with workshops, classes, networking events and a lot of fun. I’m excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.