Why MBA?

Interviews with MBA students on why they chose to do an MBA and insights into their course and school

  • From ballet dancer to entrepreneur: Julie Butterworth has used her MBA well

    Why MBA: University of Bath – School of Management

    Julie Butterworth used an MBA in the UK to transition from her previous life a professional ballet dancer to a hugely successful entrepreneur.

    posted on: 09/15/2014

  • George Shayeb says that studying at Imperial gives you the option to tackle real-life cases

    Why MBA: Imperial College Business School – London

    MBA graduate George Shayeb explains the benefits of studying in London at Imperial College Business School, and how an MBA allowed him to connect with start-ups.

    posted on: 09/10/2014

  • Russian MBA student Max Khismatulin wants to work in the construction sector

    Why MBA: Cranfield University – School of Management

    Max Khismatulin moved from Russia to the UK to study an MBA – and he thinks his Cranfield MBA will allow him to move into a senior position in the construction sector.

    posted on: 09/08/2014

  • Bobby Huang banked on a Master's program in Shanghai to give his career a kick

    Why MBA: Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

    After studying in Canada, Bobby Huang enrolled on SAIF's renowned finance Master's program, and landed a job at Deloitte in Shanghai.

    posted on: 07/30/2014

  • After an MBA in Italy, Antonio Gallo Toro is lighting up Mitsubishi Electric in the Middle East

    Why MBA: MIP Politecnico Di Milano, Italy

    Antonio Gallo Toro has risen through the ranks at Mitsubishi Electric to lead the company's Middle Eastern effort - but he needed an MBA to beef-up his mostly engineering-focused background.

    posted on: 07/28/2014

  • Nic Lee studied a part-time MBA at Melbourne Business School in Australia

    Why MBA: Melbourne Business School, Australia

    Nic Lee spent seven years consulting in the ICT industry with Terra Firma, one of Australia’s leading firms, but began a part-time MBA in Melbourne to take his career to the next level.

    posted on: 07/28/2014

  • Why MBA: Joe Duhan has plans to make himself a management consultant

    Why MBA: Henley Business School

    Joe Duhan, a former RAF regiment officer, juggled his career and an executive MBA at Henley Business School. But now on the other side, he plans to become a management consultant.

    posted on: 07/07/2014

  • Aston MBA Dhiti Nanavati plans to go into an information security company after graduating

    Why MBA: Aston Business School, UK

    Dhiti Nanavati explains why UK-based Aston stood out for her as a business school, and why she wants to go into strategy at a major information security company post-MBA.

    posted on: 07/04/2014

  • CEIBS MBA Daniel Shi, left, is set on a finance career in Shanghai, China

    Why MBA: China Europe International Business School

    CEIBS' Finance Club president and MBA student Daniel Shi explains why he chose Shanghai for his MBA, and why he is banking on a career in finance.

    posted on: 06/20/2014

  • London Calling: One of Hult International Business School's campuses in the UK

    Why MBA: Hult International Business School

    Hult International Business School graduate Baltasar Pena banked a finance job in Boston, and credits his globally-focused MBA program for making it happen.

    posted on: 06/08/2014

  • All Smiles: Jason Widjaja, far right, during orientation at Melbourne Business School

    Why MBA: Melbourne Business School

    Management consultant Jason Widjaja chose Melbourne Business School because of the location, international cohort and world-class faculty.

    posted on: 04/08/2014

  • Tuck MBA Oksana Chetyrko wants to work in Management Consulting in Eastern Europe

    Why MBA: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

    Ukrainian-born MBA Oksana Chetyrko's cosmopolitan nature has taken her from Eastern Europe to the US and says the Tuck MBA has pushed her to her intellectual limits!

    posted on: 08/06/2013

  • Metin created mobile app "iPrayTimes" which calculates Islamic prayer times

    Why MBA: Bradford University School of Management

    German mechanical engineer and technology entrepreneur Metin Zerman has joined Bradford to help bring his online lending-library to market

    posted on: 02/25/2013

  • Yvonne has already participated in a pitch competition at IESE!

    Why MBA: IESE Business School

    Romanian-born Yvonne Pop worked at Oliver Wyman and in venture capital in the US before heading back to Europe for the IESE MBA

    posted on: 12/10/2012

  • Samer Farhat did the ESSEC Global MBA to move into more commercially-oriented roles

    Why MBA: ESSEC Business School

    Lebanese telecoms executive Samer Farhat has led strategic projects in Europe, Africa and Asia, but the ESSEC Global MBA adds a new dimension to his profile!

    posted on: 10/11/2012

  • Full-time Bath MBA student Sarah Tatham has landed a job with a small private equity firm in Bristol

    Why MBA: University of Bath School of Management

    A career at KPMG took auditor Sarah Tatham from South Africa to New York City, but she headed to the UK for an international experience and a career change!

    posted on: 06/20/2012

  • Ujwal Khokale is developing a system that will enable firms to measure the Return On Investment of customers targeted through social media campaigns

    Why MBA: Grenoble Ecole de Management

    Senior software engineer at Nokia Siemens Networks chose the Grenoble MBA so he could study under communications and marketing expert John Sadwosky

    posted on: 05/20/2012

  • Tanja Boskovic used the Booth MBA to take as many classes in Finance as possible and build her network. She now works for asset manager BlackRock in London

    Why MBA: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    World Bank economist Tanja Boskovic was struggling to break into finance, but the Chicago Booth MBA gave her the boost she needed to make the switch!

    posted on: 05/15/2012

  • Alex and Laura wanted a campus University that would allow them to focus on their MBA and spend time together where possible

    Why MBA: Duke - Fuqua School of Business, Full-Time MBA

    Couple Laura Newman and Alexander van Dijk did their first degrees at Duke and have now both returned for the full time MBA

    posted on: 04/25/2012

  • Attending classes at St. Gallen’s Design School has been a major benefit for Nitin

    Why MBA: The University of St. Gallen HSG

    Ex-Oracle and Accenture consultant heads to St Gallen to learn how tech firms can integrate business, technology and design

    posted on: 04/16/2012

  • Chris Wong (centre) with CEIBS classmates. He chose CEIBS because he wants to make a career in China

    Why MBA: CEIBS

    The biggest bankruptcy in history led this chartered accountant to CEIBS, and now he's networking with its C-level alumni!

    posted on: 03/26/2012

  • Alistair graduated with distinction from the INSEAD MBA in 2009

    Why MBA: INSEAD Business School

    The electronic engineer landed an incredible role at Rolls Royce right after completing his INSEAD MBA

    posted on: 01/24/2012

  • Next year Kiriti will be a visiting researcher at MIT, but in the long-run he wants to be involved in policymaking for the technology sector in Africa.

    Why MBA: MIP (Politecnico di Milano)

    After an engineering degree and experience in telecoms and the auto sector, Kiriti Rambhatla moved to Italy for a tech-focused MBA. Now he’s interning at Indesit and enjoying aperitivo.

    posted on: 08/01/2011

  • Levi has represented Manchester Business School at rock climbing and set up an MBA photography society

    Why MBA: Manchester Business School

    Mexican tax negotiator Levi Alvarado chose Manchester Business School for something completely different, and found himself developing strategy for a software firm.

    posted on: 07/15/2011

  • After the MBA, Andrea Wilson wants to work in a mid-size consulting company, but she hopes to start her own business in the next few years

    Why MBA: Aston Business School

    Follow your gut instinct when you choose your business school, says Aston MBA student Andrea Wilson.

    posted on: 07/04/2011