What first attracted you to choose the university of Stirling to study your course?
The one-year full time TPG format suited my needs. I was also very keen to study in my home country and also in my home town (where I have accommodation available). The Stirling MBA provided modules and electives in all the key areas of interest where I wanted to develop ‘transferrable skills’ to allow me to move my career forward.
What are the benefits you found as a result of studying at Stirling?
The Stirling MBA has two complete modules (20 credits) of PPD which run concurrently with the other 12 modules on the course. I have found that the PPD module content has resulted in a very big improvement in my people skills, resilience, time management and also my ability to use reflective techniques as a tool for analysing issues and improving my overall planning and decision making performance.
What specific feature(s) did you like most about the course?
I found the cohort size (18/19) to be ideal for lectures as it provided ample opportunity to drill deeper into course materials, engage in discussion and ask additional questions on the subject matter. There was also a good mix of different age groups and cultures in the cohort which provided a rich source of inputs into the class discussions and into the group assignments. It also felt that lecturers were also close at hand and readily available for additional support during the assignments. A great deal of the PPD lectures/sessions dovetailed quite well with the ongoing module content allowing me to build up a comprehensive set of tools and skillsets as the year progressed.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering coming to Stirling?
Prepare to be stretched! Prepare to be challenged and prepare to collaborate which includes giving and receiving regular feedback. There is as much to learn about ‘yourself’ on the course as there is about business administration, and the more you engage with the cohort, the staff and the teaching materials, the more you will learn and benefit from the overall Stirling MBA experience.
Are you currently employed? If so, please tell us what impact do you think your studies will have on your future career?
I am currently looking for new employment opportunities. I think that the Stirling MBA learning experience has given me the confidence to venture into new disciplines outside my previous work experience and also made me much better at listening and questioning when engaging with others (both in a workplace environment and outside work). Additionally, I have taken my critical thinking, research, problem solving and evaluation skills to a new level with a much deeper understanding of the process involved to enable me to manage bias and achieve better overall work outputs. I am looking for a senior executive or management role and believe that I now have sufficiently well-developed people/soft skills to make me a formidable leader capable of promoting good working relations and bringing the best out of stakeholders, co-workers and subordinates.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
As the oldest student in the 2016-17 cohort I often joked with my professor about ‘old dogs’ & ‘new tricks’ but the Stirling MBA experience has proved to me that you not only ‘can teach ‘old dogs new tricks’ but that you can also revive the ‘mature’ student’s appetite for lifelong learning. The Stirling MBA for me has been educational, character building and also motivational – as a career investment (both in time and money) it has been worth every penny and something I would happily recommend to others.