Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Adventurous
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I have been working as an industrial engineer, ERP consultant and IT systems analyst for just over 7 years in South Africa. I felt the natural progression of my career led me to doing an MBA, where I wish to gain business skills to assist me in moving forward. Even though South Africa has world-class tertiary institutions, with great business schools, I decided to pursue an international MBA. From the first day of researching my options, I kept coming back to Saïd Business School, and eventually it was the only school I applied to. The strong link with Africa, the embedded nature within Oxford University and the course structure were the defining factors.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I started with some introductory courses, but with all the pre-arrival admin, it was difficult to get around to everything I had planned. I have however read every blog, article and column on what to expect, which could stand me in good stead.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
Apart from the pure academic gains (there are some serious courses awaiting us), I wish to learn from the basic knowledge sharing that is inevitable when you add 300 eager, smart people together.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
There will never be a better time than now.
Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The GOTO project really excites me.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Juggling many balls in a very short time span. Finding the balance between my studies, events, career, sport, social and so much more.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
There is a strong social responsibility theme throughout the entire MBA programme. I believe this would enhance my current ethical beliefs, which will then transfer into any future venture I pursue.
Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
If I had the time, I would literally join every single sporting club. Unfortunately, I need to prioritise so I am keen on joining the cross-country team and I will definitely try my hand (legs & shoulders) at rowing.
Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?