Instead of toughing it out in the highly competitive UK jobs market, many MBAs are now looking to establish their careers in other countries after their MBA.
We spoke with graduates from Manchester Business School, Cranfield School of Management, and Warwick Business School to find out why they opted for a UK MBA and how they are making the most out of it.
From what they told us, a UK MBA is a helpful way to transition to career abroad thanks to the multiculturalism of UK classrooms, the high quality of teaching and the length and flexibility of UK programmes.
Yang Zeng, a 2011 Cranfield MBA says that the UK MBA offered international recognition as well “teaching representative of the frontier of management discussion”. Yang lived and worked in the UK for 13 years but saw an MBA as the perfect transition to a career in her home country, China. Yang is now based in Shanghai working for Fagron, which is involved in compounding pharmaceutical raw materials, equipment and services. Similarly, Yang felt that her MBA was a defining factor in helping her land the role with Fagron. She said, “My current position required an MBA and it was advertised globally. My job requires flexibility, an innovative mind-set, and entrepreneurship. The MBA equipped me with these skills and the confidence to excel.
Farnaz Amin, a 2012 Warwick Business School MBA, now works with General Electric in Dubai. She was an engineer with a local oil firm based in Sharjah and wanted an MBA to move into a more managerial role. She was attracted to Warwick’s programme because she wanted to spend only one year studying, rather than two in an American school. The programme also gave her the flexibility to combine full-time learning with the distance and modular learning in case she had to return to Dubai for family reasons.
Through the MBA she landed a place on GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Programme in Dubai. The programme develops GE’s future sales and marketing leaders, giving them high impact assignments and access to world-class marketing and leadership training. Farnaz believes that her MBA was critical to gaining this role. She told us that “The ECLP at GE recruits top candidates from renowned business schools in Europe, UK and the US. Having an MBA is usually a hygiene factor to get into this program thus the MBA from Warwick qualified me to compete for this position."
Manchester Business School MBA Suva Ghosh had a tech background prior to his, MBA having coded his first computer frame at the age of 13. He then gained considerable experience in technology consulting for companies in gaming, retail and travel. The Manchester MBA fit all of Suva’s interests. It had a rigorous programme and plenty of opportunities to pursue his interest in live music and photography. Suva became president of the Media, Entertainment and Sports Society which hosted the first student led Digital Media Summit in 2010. It boasted participants from media companies such as Youtube, and the CEO of Gibson guitars flew in from Memphis to attend the event.
Suva now runs the India office of digital marketing firm Brandmovers. He partnered with a classmate to launch Brandmovers in India after working with the company on a consultancy project during his MBA. The business has grown so spectacularly that they are planning to open offices in Singapore and Dubai next year.
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