Sean studied for an MBA in Hotel Management at Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland. He now works as a house manager at The Lanesborough in London
Why did you choose to study for an MBA?
I decided to go into the field of hospitality after I had finished my Bachelors in business. I followed that with a three-year apprenticeship at the Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, and upon completion I felt like I still wanted to do something academically in regards to hospitality.
I believed an MBA would be the perfect choice. It was clear to me that I had to consider one of the top schools in the world when choosing where to do my MBA.
What did you enjoy most about the course?
I definitely enjoyed the diversity of people on the MBA programme, as well as the professionalism and first-hand industry knowledge that the teachers possessed. I've never studied with such a diverse group of people and it really added value to the course, as the programme had a vast landscape of opinions and views.
I started to build a professional network in Les Roches from which I still benefit today.
What was the most challenging aspect?
Even though I enjoyed the multicultural aspect of the course, it also brought the biggest challenges. Working in an environment where people come from different cultural backgrounds was hard, as everyone had different expectations of what they wanted and how they intended to contribute.
This made group projects a challenge as good workflow and an understanding of each other were the key to success.
How has the MBA benefited your career?
In the short-term the MBA connected me with many new people. I built a huge network of friends and contacts, which has already proven useful to my personal and professional advancement.
In the long-term I believe my MBA will come in handy once I reach higher management positions, where a higher standard of education is expected or can be used as a vital differentiator when competing with other applicants.
What advice would you give to someone considering an MBA?
Do an MBA because you want to do it for yourself, not because you expect an immediate impact on your career. Too many people believe that because they have an MBA they can jump two steps in the career ladder and that is not the case. Use the MBA to learn about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and apply your learning whenever you can to impress the people you are working with.
Furthermore, an MBA will get you into contact with many industry professionals; use those connections to your benefit.