After spending five years working as a lawyer, Rhodri decided that studying for an MBA at Bangor University would help him turn his interest in business into the career he really wanted
Why did you study for an MBA?
I'd always been interested in business. I'd spent five years working as a lawyer, specialising in major projects and commercial work, and had also experienced starting my own companies. I therefore recognised the value that an MBA would provide both academically and professionally.
It is the intensity that makes the MBA such a rich and fulfilling experience
What did you enjoy most about the course?
I relished undertaking my project, which was based at a major UK nuclear decommissioning site. It was a change management assessment of the decommissioning programme being undertaken by Magnox Ltd.
It investigated the impact that early closure of the site would have on the workforce, assessing just how prepared the company, its employees and the local community were for decommissioning.
What was the most challenging aspect of the course?
The programme was quite intense: we had to complete many assignments, presentations and projects during the term, and had exams at the end. However, I think it is this intensity that makes the MBA such a rich and fulfilling experience.
How has the MBA benefited your career?
Significantly - the qualification ultimately helped me to secure my current job. Making the transition from law to business would have been a lot more challenging without the MBA.
I also established very strong relationships with academics and fellow professionals. I was very fortunate to have a fellow student mentor me. Originally from North Wales, he worked as a management consultant in New York. Having someone on hand to give advice and provide some steer is always useful, but having an actual mentor was invaluable.
What advice would you give to someone considering an MBA?
Firstly, you should be clear on how the MBA fits your career aspirations. If your interests are based on business, finance, management or organisational matters, then an MBA is great to have.
Research the qualification, considering what will be expected of you, the type of work that will be involved and what topic you'd like to pursue in your dissertation. Establishing this enables you to start thinking strategically about what you'll do after graduation. You can then apply for jobs throughout the year.
Finally, be clear on which institution you'd like to study at. I was very fortunate to have the highly respected Bangor University on my doorstep, making it a natural choice for me. Being a graduate of such an established institution is extremely powerful.