Glen-Gillian studied for a BA Hons in Business Management at the University of Sunderland before deciding to pursue an MBA (Digital Technology Management) at the University of Bedfordshire
Why did you decide to pursue a postgraduate course?
One of the main reasons was to be afforded the opportunity for upward mobility. I also asked myself 'what distinguishes me among others who also have a first degree?' and I could not answer that question. Hence, it was necessary to pursue a postgraduate degree with some level of specialisation that is au-courant with the way society is progressing technologically.
I also wanted to broaden my spectrum in business management and the University of Bedfordshire's MBA was the right fit.
Why did you choose this institution?
I read the ideologies of the university and perused the programmes offered and found them to be married with my career aspirations and objectives. The programme was also affordable.
Did you take up further study immediately after your first degree?
I took a few months off then started my postgraduate course.
How did you fund your MBA?
It was self-funded. I found that the greatest investment is investing in oneself.
What did the course teach you that your first degree did not?
My MBA taught me that I work better under pressure. I also learned that it takes time for researching and all references should be maintained while research is done. As a result of pursuing this MBA with a specialisation in Digital Technology Management, I have learned how much hard work and dedication it takes to produce a quality paper.
How was the course assessed?
During my MBA (Digital Technology Management) I was assessed through:
- individual written reports that allow you to apply theory to case studies for in-depth analysis
- business reports that allow you to demonstrate contextual insight and report professionally on practice
- project plans that require you to use your knowledge and skills in project management
- seminar papers that allow progressive development of critical analysis skills
- project reports that integrate learning throughout the course applied in practice
- business simulation where you demonstrate the impact of your strategic decision making
- a dissertation.
I coped well with all of the assessments. The presentation however was nerve wrecking as the time period was brief and a lot of pertinent information could not have been left out. However, the experience definitely improved my time management skills, which I am now able to apply to every aspect of my work and personal life.
How does postgraduate life differ to undergraduate?
Postgraduate life differs to undergraduate life in various ways. For example you are faced with more sleep deprivation due to level of contact hours required to successfully pass a paper. The intensity of research requires extensive research for quality journals, reputable sites such as UN, google scholar, Harvard Business Review, Company websites etc.
Your postgraduate work also needs to be at a higher and more complex standard than your undergraduate degree.
What do you wish you'd known before embarking on postgraduate study?
I wish I'd know more about the mental preparation required and how much one has to give up to dedicate the necessary time to postgraduate study.
What tips would you give to others completing an MBA?
- Ask yourself why you are choosing the degree - choose a course that you are passionate about otherwise you may eventually resent being at university.
- Do not just do work to succeed on an assignment, but to learn from the process.
- Learn to laugh at yourself when you make errors.
- Remember that there are actually no wrong and right answers as long as they can be backed up by theories. It is just a different way of seeing things.