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University of Leicester - School of Management

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University of Leicester "I had a range of experience and responsibilities in roles in retail, wholesale and the voluntary sector but I felt that the way to advance my career was to offer a future employer tangible academic achievements."Fiona ClarkAge 35Country of origin UKCareer historyFiona joined Debenhams at 16 as a Retail Management Trainee, progressing to Shop Manager with Dorothy Perkins by the age of 19. She then joined the wholesale sector in direct sales and quickly progressed to Branch Manager. After a short spell as a YTS instructor she expanded her career further overseas as a trainer in an international business school in Guam. Upon returning to the UK she joined the voluntary sector where she was responsible for the launch and development of three major national projects for carers and people with disabilities. Her wide experience and an HNC in Business Administration finally leading her to apply for the Leicester MBA.I chose the MBA to increase my confidence and improve my theoretical knowledge which, combined with all my practical experience, 1 felt would open up greater opportunities in the future.The competitive edgeThere are a variety of advantages for me in the University of Leicester MBA programme. It's important that it is accredited by the Association of MBAs, which not only ensures high standards but also means that we can become members of the Association on graduation, which will be useful for developing contacts and networking. I was particularly attracted by the emphasis here on group work, incorporating brainstorming and the airing of a multitude of ideas, as well as shared responsibility.The groups are multicultural (between ten and twenty nationalities overall - six different nationalities in our group of just eight), so there's terrific input from people you wouldn't otherwise meet. It means that you develop a much deeper understanding of international issues and cross cultural perspectives. It's also a great means of support and friendship. I'd found the prospect of going to university at the age of 34 quite daunting but fellow students are particularly supportive and friendly. In addition, some of our work is with MSc Finance and MSc Marketing courses, offering us a further opportunity to broaden our outlook.The programme structure This is a one-year programme and very intensive. During the first term we concentrated on group assignments and projects, in small groups of eight. The pace is relentless so there's a constant need to keep ideas flowing, manage the team and meet deadlines. It's very stimulating. During the second term we gained practice in individual assignments, delving deeply into subjects ourselves. At the end of the first and second terms there are examinations - quite a challenge for me, after almost 20 years out of full-time education! Then we choose our options, concentrating on two or three subjects for the assignment based final term, rather than the six subjects in the other terms. Subjects have included Marketing, Accounting, IT, Financial Management, Organisational Analysis and Control, Human Resources and Operations Management, with Strategy and Management Skills ongoing themes for both terms.Teaching methods Different teaching styles are combined, using a mixture of lectures, tutorials and support materials such as videos, handouts, reading lists and software. This is a particularly useful tool for me in areas I'm unfamiliar with such as Accounting and Financial Management. There's always plenty of support. I've already begun to plan my dissertation, exploring customer satisfaction in the exhibition organising industry and the relevant lecturer has been extremely helpful. Indeed, the teaching is excellent and is reinforced by visiting speakers from industry. It's especially advantageous to hear them at first hand. There are excellent facilities - we're based in the Management Centre, a super building with a good lecture theatre, library and computers.Tangible benefitsI feel I've developed a broader understanding of business and a sounder grasp of the tools to analyse situations, which means that I'm more considered and thorough in my diagnosis and solution of business problems, in a wider range of fields. My enthusiasm for the issues has increased with my knowledge - I'm now interested in all dimensions and look forward to applying what I've learned in my future career.
University of Leicester "I had a range of experience and responsibilities in roles in retail, wholesale and the voluntary sector but I felt that the way to advance my career was to offer a future employer tangible academic achievements."Fiona ClarkAge 35Country of origin UKCareer historyFiona joined Debenhams at 16 as a Retail Management Trainee, progressing to Shop Manager with Dorothy Perkins by the age of 19. She then joined the wholesale sector in direct sales and quickly progressed to Branch Manager. After a short spell as a YTS instructor she expanded her career further overseas as a trainer in an international business school in Guam. Upon returning to the UK she joined the voluntary sector where she was responsible for the launch and development of three major national projects for carers and people with disabilities. Her wide experience and an HNC in Business Administration finally leading her to apply for the Leicester MBA.I chose the MBA to increase my confidence and improve my theoretical knowledge which, combined with all my practical experience, 1 felt would open up greater opportunities in the future.The competitive edgeThere are a variety of advantages for me in the University of Leicester MBA programme. It's important that it is accredited by the Association of MBAs, which not only ensures high standards but also means that we can become members of the Association on graduation, which will be useful for developing contacts and networking. I was particularly attracted by the emphasis here on group work, incorporating brainstorming and the airing of a multitude of ideas, as well as shared responsibility.The groups are multicultural (between ten and twenty nationalities overall - six different nationalities in our group of just eight), so there's terrific input from people you wouldn't otherwise meet. It means that you develop a much deeper understanding of international issues and cross cultural perspectives. It's also a great means of support and friendship. I'd found the prospect of going to university at the age of 34 quite daunting but fellow students are particularly supportive and friendly. In addition, some of our work is with MSc Finance and MSc Marketing courses, offering us a further opportunity to broaden our outlook.The programme structure This is a one-year programme and very intensive. During the first term we concentrated on group assignments and projects, in small groups of eight. The pace is relentless so there's a constant need to keep ideas flowing, manage the team and meet deadlines. It's very stimulating. During the second term we gained practice in individual assignments, delving deeply into subjects ourselves. At the end of the first and second terms there are examinations - quite a challenge for me, after almost 20 years out of full-time education! Then we choose our options, concentrating on two or three subjects for the assignment based final term, rather than the six subjects in the other terms. Subjects have included Marketing, Accounting, IT, Financial Management, Organisational Analysis and Control, Human Resources and Operations Management, with Strategy and Management Skills ongoing themes for both terms.Teaching methods Different teaching styles are combined, using a mixture of lectures, tutorials and support materials such as videos, handouts, reading lists and software. This is a particularly useful tool for me in areas I'm unfamiliar with such as Accounting and Financial Management. There's always plenty of support. I've already begun to plan my dissertation, exploring customer satisfaction in the exhibition organising industry and the relevant lecturer has been extremely helpful. Indeed, the teaching is excellent and is reinforced by visiting speakers from industry. It's especially advantageous to hear them at first hand. There are excellent facilities - we're based in the Management Centre, a super building with a good lecture theatre, library and computers.Tangible benefitsI feel I've developed a broader understanding of business and a sounder grasp of the tools to analyse situations, which means that I'm more considered and thorough in my diagnosis and solution of business problems, in a wider range of fields. My enthusiasm for the issues has increased with my knowledge - I'm now interested in all dimensions and look forward to applying what I've learned in my future career.

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