Clare Worden joined the Global MBA in July 2018. She shares her insights on the programme, from why she decided to embark on this journey to her best memories and how it impacted her company and career.
“I had considered an MBA qualification for both career and personal development for several years prior to starting the Global MBA at The University of Manchester. My ultimate career goal was to take on the position of General Manager in a company following many years in sales, marketing and training. In 2017, I set a five-year timeline to achieve this objective. However, I realised I had several gaps in my skill set so the MBA became a solution for this.
The Global MBA appealed to me for a number of reasons, primarily due to the structure and content and also the fact it was hosted in Manchester. I used my own company examples in many of the individual assignments and believe the workshops, frameworks and literature studied have enhanced the business as a result. The Advanced Strategic Management course was the highlight of the two-year programme for me and since then my company has made subsequent changes to its business model and practice. It was especially useful to study alongside people from different working backgrounds with varied experiences and we were all able to share different skill sets and learn from each other.
An MBA is a commitment both personally and professionally and my advice to anyone embarking on the Global MBA is to keep this at the forefront of your mind. My company and family were supportive to me and this was really helpful as some of the assignments require a significant amount of time and focus. For group and individual work, I challenged myself to get the most I could out of every situation and as a result met some great people and learned so much.
In November 2018 I was promoted to the position of General Manager, sooner than anticipated and have found the Global MBA invaluable to my first two years in role.”