Lorna studied her MBA part time at the University of Liverpool and landed a role as a management consultant in the public sector and health team at KPMG
Why did you study for an MBA?
I wanted a career change but was unsure what I wanted to do. I thought if I returned to university to study for an MBA I would gain knowledge, meet new people and find the right path for the next stage in my career.
I chose the University of Liverpool as I was attracted to the range of modules on offer covering fundamental business areas such as finance, marketing and leadership. I also liked the flexibility of studying on a part-time basis – studying over two years enabled me to take full advantage of all the additional opportunities and gave me more time to network.
What did you enjoy most about the course?
The staff and students are what made the MBA a brilliant journey. It was rewarding to see the growth and change in my peers throughout the programme. We bonded as a group and gave each other support, feedback and the confidence to move our careers in the right direction. Working with others helps you appreciate different ways of problem-solving and learn about your own leadership and management styles.
What was the most challenging aspect of the course?
Reading and absorbing the volume of content was tough after so long away from studying. I thought I was prepared, but I was mistaken – I was working full time so had to dedicate my evenings and weekends to studying. I did love learning though. Another challenge was ensuring that everyone played to their strengths when working in teams. Short deadlines, differing levels of commitment and clashing personalities sometimes made group work complicated.
Overcoming these challenges was an important part of the learning process. Leading, influencing and motivating others was a skill I developed throughout the programme.
How has the MBA benefited your career?
The MBA helped me secure my job at KPMG and gave me the focus and confidence to change my career. While studying I took advantage of the programme’s excellent one-to-one bespoke careers service and received support with interview techniques, CV review and salary negotiation tips.
What advice would you give to someone considering an MBA?
Research the type of MBA that suits your situation as course content will vary across institutions. Take full advantage of additional learning opportunities while on the course, such as employer visits, networking opportunities and internships. And finally, consider what you want to achieve and reflect on your progress regularly – you will be amazed how much you’re constantly achieving, and the sense of fulfilment when you graduate makes the whole experience worthwhile.
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