Alec McLaurin




United Kingdom





By Alec McLaurin

Introduction to Alec McLaurin

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Loyal
Manager: Capable

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I am half French, half Australian but grew up in the UK. I’ve lived in Buenos Aires, Paris, London and I currently live in Amsterdam. I have for the last 7 years worked for BNP Paribas’ corporate and investment banking division, most recently as a strategy manager. I’m coming to Oxford to learn both from the course and my future classmates, to open myself up to a wider set of influences and ultimately prepare my future career.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

I’m interested in joining the Finance lab so I’ve been working through some of the prep work associated with that. I’ve also put some thought into my future career objectives and how I can most efficiently use my time at Oxford. To get a better idea of this I’ve been speaking to existing and future students and to friends and contacts.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

A broader, more refined skill set and a launch pad into a future career. Also some new friends!

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Don’t stop learning. If your not learning you’re not developing.

Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?

Meeting people and taking advantage of all that Saïd Business School and more broadly the university has to offer. I feel immensely privileged to be able to join the program and to study at Oxford.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Time management, achieving all that I want to achieve during the course. As it’s a one-year course, finding the balance in between taking everything in, staying productive and healthy, and working on my future career path is going to be a challenge.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

One of the reason I chose Oxford was its expertise in responsible business and its leadership in social entrepreneurship. I started my career working in Microfinance and CSR and those ideals have had a large influence on my career and life choices. I believe SBS has a unique approach by integrating responsible business directly into its program. I hope to learn from the course, my future classmates and work practically on the change I can effect.

Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

At the time of writing (02/08/17) #bitcoin watching the impact of the bitcoin fork.

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