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Andreas Glinz


Degree:

MBA

Location:

Switzerland

Industry:

Finance

Year:

2015-16

30-year-old Swissie, with experience in Finance, IT, and the Armed Forces. Through the MBA, I am looking to transform myself into a general manager with entrepreneurial ambitions. I chose Oxford due to its holistic view of business; its extraordinarily talented and diverse student body; as well as the stimulating college experience it offers. With me is my beautiful fiancé Sabrina, who will pursue a degree of her own in Oxford. I am passionate about travelling, running, time pieces, chocolate, and the finer points of dressing like a grown up.

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Posted by: on October 4, 2016

Lessons learnt from an MBA: Aim high!

A few weeks ago, I finished my MBA degree from Oxford University. One of the most important lessons I learnt is this: Aim high. Constantly being surrounded by smart, driven, and passionate people showed me what high levels of excellence can be achieved with hard work, persistence, and a little luck. Two years ago, nothing […]

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Posted by: on July 22, 2016

Was it worth it to take a year off to do an MBA?

“As he walked towards business school for the last time on a mild summer day, Andreas couldn’t help but think what he had achieved this year. Just a year ago, he had embarked on what promised to be a golden year. In order to do so, he had traded a safe job for an uncertain […]

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Posted by: on June 9, 2016

Become a better leader by being a better listener

In popular culture, great leaders are often portrayed as lone geniuses. However, I believe leadership is a team effort. As the saying goes, “a leader without followers is just taking a walk”. I believe that great leaders are also great listeners, enabling them to lead their organizations to greatness. In my MBA, I had an […]

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Posted by: on May 12, 2016

Beware of keeping busy – What the Oxford MBA taught me about being conscious a...

In my MBA, I learned a lot of the skills I had imagined I would. I learned to be a better leader by being a better listener, a better strategist by being able to connect the dots, and a better manager by understanding how different business functions interact to create value. However, some of my […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2016

Keep energized!

It’s been six weeks since my last post, and that’s with good reason. The past weeks have been the most intense of my MBA experience so far. On top of an already full schedule, there are no less than a dozen written assessments this term; eight of which are due in the next three weeks. […]

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Posted by: on January 18, 2016

Reflection is the name of the game

Winter break brought a much needed space for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation after four incredibly eventful months of business school. Michaelmas, the first of three ten-week terms, was exhilarating and enlightening. Yet at the same time, it was also mentally straining. Abundant activities eroded my energy levels like constant rain erodes land. Days were bursting […]

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Posted by: on December 14, 2015

Advent sleep out

My fiancé Sabrina and I moved to the UK a few months ago. While we were having an exciting time starting our studies, making new friends, and attending inspiring talks and debates, we were taken aback by the prevalence of poverty and homelessness, particularly in Oxford, where we live. Hardly a day went by when […]

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Posted by: on November 24, 2015

A day in the life of an MBA

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and we have firmly settled into our schedules. The programme is running at full pace now, with most assignments due within the next few weeks. It’s a good moment to reflect on the “typical week” in the life of an MBA. This is week ten […]

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Posted by: on October 23, 2015

Stay hungry, stay foolish, stay awake

It is week five of the Oxford MBA, and we a rolling full-steam. The average weekday sees six hours worth of class-time. The classes are highly collaborative, mentally stimulating and extremely engaging. Everyone contributes to class, and adds context to theory through their professional expertise. It is truly fantastic and everything I had hoped for. […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2015

And we are off

In the past three weeks, we ran through the Launch, an introduction to the MBA programme. We got to know our peers, enjoyed inspiring key-note lectures and got a taste of the academic rigour in our first classes. It was an incredibly intense start to the programme (try remembering 300 new names), but is has […]

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