He decided to enroll in Warwick Business School’s (WBS) Full-time MBA program to sharpen his managerial and leadership skills before rebooting his career.
“I knew that I was ready to make the big pivot and shift my career and doing an MBA was the answer to doing that,” says Max.
It paid off. After his MBA he secured a role as senior manager at Capgemini Invent, the company’s consulting, digital innovation, and transformation unit providing expertise in strategy, technology, data science, and creative design.
Career path to an MBA
Five years prior to undertaking an MBA, Max had a burgeoning interest in sustainability and felt he had a part to play in the new green economy.
“I started to have this idea that I wanted to contribute my energy to doing a little better,” Max says, “I wanted to do a role where I could build a career into something of my own, make good money, and be able to contribute.”
Sustainability focused MBAs are more widespread in the EU and UK than in the US, so Max decided to relocate from Texas to the UK.
After researching potential b-schools, WBS was on his radar as a top-ranked university—ranked best MBA program in the UK according to the Economist—with progressive sustainability modules across the curriculum. Additionally, it boasted a strong international cohort, with 93% of the 2022 MBA intake coming from outside the UK.
Max’s final decision was clear once he spoke to member of staff and alumni students.
“From my initial interview forward everyone I spoke with at Warwick just felt good, it sounds silly, but I felt really good vibes,” he says.
The WBS MBA
At Warwick MBA students begin with core modules designed to provide a solid foundation in management, business and leadership. These include Financial Management, Innovation and Strategic Entrepreneurship, LeadershipPlus—includes a series of experiential workshops, lectures, seminars and case studies – Corporate Reporting and Decision Making, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Thinking.
Max says that the MBA directly helped him to succeed in this current role, especially in understanding how to navigate internal politics in larger organizations such as Capgemini which has 290k employees.
“I’ve always had a decent instinct about dealing with people but there have been so many moments that I think back to the LeadershipPlus course and an elective I took in leadership in the art of judgement, which have definitely helped me in many situations,” Max explains.
Students choose four electives out of several options such as Digital Transformation, International Business, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Negotiation Theory and Practice and many more.
“I loved the elective period when we could choose a ton of sustainability related modules, that in tandem with doing courses at the Shard with my cohort and being able to enjoy socializing with everyone,” Max comments.
WBS recently integrated the teaching of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) across the core modules. Doing so underlines that sustainability is no longer a ‘choice’ in business and allows students to address sustainability as a complex subject.
At the end of the one-year MBA program, WBS students have the option to undertake either a strategic consulting project or a dissertation.
Career insight support from WBS
As Max wanted to kickstart a career in sustainability, he consulted WBS’ career department for help with tailoring his CV and cover letters, for interview prep, and to secure a role post-graduation.
“They helped me showcase all the various roles I’ve had in life, provided great ideas on how to condense and format my CV differently.”
For further advice, Max reached out to Warwick’s alumni network—which stretches to more than 53,000 graduates worldwide—and was surprised by their reciprocity and kindness.
“The alumni network was probably the most valuable in getting in touch with any organization because we had a lot of alumni in almost every global large organization,” he adds, “I found that those people were always so receptive, not a single person ignored me.”
Senior manager at Capgemini Invent
Upon graduation, 63% of MBAs at WBS change sector, and 93% are employed within three months. It came to no surprise then that after he graduated, Max secured a new role as a senior manager on the sustainability solutions team at Capgemini Invent.
Max says he has been able to merge his prior experience in tech with his newfound passion for sustainability. His responsibilities are vast and include managing teams to strategize how tech firms can become greener.
“We work across the entire Capgemini Invent organization to weave sustainability into projects with retail, automotive, or energy and utilities clients,” says Max.
Beyond his education and role, Max says his MBA has supported his personal development, his understanding of how different cultures interact in a working environment and the need for holistic global sustainable goals.
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BSc Management with Marketing
I loved Warwick business school. The staff is supportive, my academic tutor was key in my development throughout the 3 years and you have to meet with her/him every term. Most professors are helpful and would happily offer support if needed. You also have office hours and can contact professors by email and through the forum. In general, WBS instills in you the willingness to learn and the resilience needed for you for whatever career you choose. Very international community which broadens your horizon and makes you more open minded and self aware. You will most certainly make friends and memories for life. I recommend that you get outside of your comfort zone and try new activities with your friends! WBS also has a great reputation and offers careers opportunities, and careers support throughout the degree. There is the opportunity to do a year abroad to further develop on a personal level. I wasn’t able to do this due to Covid but I would have loved to do it during normal circumstances! Would definitely recommend this. Although Warwick is not a city university, the campus vibe has a lot of advantages, especially at an undergraduate level. You are always around familiar faces, and in a student environment. Moreover, Birmingham is only 20 mins away from Leamington spa and London is only one hour away! Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway!
Life at Warwick Business School
Pursuing my master's degree at WBS has been a game-changer in my life. With high-quality education, interaction with students from across the world, amazing campus life and much more. I was able to learn about business, finance, project management and strategy all in one course: MSc in Management at WBS. Besides the top-notch education from the best professors, I also enjoyed being a part of fun societies and participating in fun activities such as scavenger hunts and so much more. The school also organises many company visits and interactions which help students get a head start at finding a job. As my course came to an end, I also have a good full-time job placement in my hands. Overall, my experience at WBS was a great one.
The Warwick Business School was like a dream come to life for me. The University ranking speaks for itself, from top-tier facilities to some of the best professors I had to honour to study with I fell in love with my course. Interactions with people from all over the world gave me a newfound confidence in myself. Career prospects after graduating are endless due to the contacts of the universities and the success rate for previous students, it does open a lot of doors for students in various career fields. The campus life is quite good as well with a lot of student groups and clubs, and extra circular activities to engage students at all times. Loved my experience.
A good business school
It is a very cutting-edge, career-oriented business school, all courses are very practical, and the college does a very good job of career service. From the hardware and facilities to the staff, the student experience is at the core of the school and student satisfaction is taken very seriously. I understand that many universities in the UK are relatively traditional and can occasionally be rigid in terms of rules and regulations, and although WBS has a relatively short history, this makes it more innovative and dynamic, which is essential for a business school. The downside is that because it is on the outskirts of Coventry, it is a long bus ride to the city centre, not to mention the difference in experience from a big city like London.
The people, campus, staff. It’s a very enjoyable environment and it’s particularly good for learning and playing sports. The people there are extremely friendly and welcoming and it’s very easy to make friends
What I Like About Warwick
I’ve personally liked my experience at Warwick so far because of the amazing people I’ve gotten to meet and how many opportunities we students are provided with to learn and grow. Within Warwick, I’m part of the Business School, a learning haven comprised of well-structured modules and extremely helpful people All in all, a great place to be :)
One thing that stood out for me was the campus life, you felt like part of a community. The social aspects of the student union and on-campus accommodation meant you can easily get together and enjoy with friends. Additionally, I felt the course provided a variety of subjects allowing me to enhance my knowledge, from Marketing to Law and Finance. Overall I would most definitely recommend this university to friends and family.
Excellence self catered
The campus is very welcoming and Modern. There are many opportunities at Warwick but it is up to the student how do they want to make the most out of it and the staff at the school will definitely helo as much as possible. The location and the ranking have been amazing.
Warwick business school
Warwick business school is one of the best universities around the globe with a solid base of economic and business studies. Moreover, students get a chance to study in a diverse and warm environment with professional stuff which tries to provide the best opportunities for career development. One of the memorable features of the university are great events which sometimes take a place in one of the landmarks of the London city, the Shard building.