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Posted by: on April 21, 2015

The term with the most moving parts

Two thirds through my MBA and things are dovetailing into a final term filled with opportunities and answers. This past term had many moving parts, with coursework, competitions and extensive private equity (PE) interviews. The coursework was split between core and non-core subjects covering investment, strategic and economic competencies. It also addressed global issues and […]

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Posted by: on April 14, 2015

Through Term Two: The Transformation Report

Continuing from, “Through Term One: The Transformation Report”. Term Two featured many interviews for Oxford MBA students. For those who explored management consulting careers, it was a time for case-based interviews. Case interviews vary in structure depending on the firm, but they generally go as follows: The interviewer introduces a business problem that a client […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2015

That career thing

It’s sort of like that old toy, where you try to get a little silver ball through the complex maze enclosed in a plastic circle and out the other end safely. Often at first, you lack the perspective to be able to look at the path as a whole, to trace your moves before you […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2015

Invest wisely: invest in you

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John Kenneth Galbraith One of the things that I focussed on, in this MBA, was myself. I did after all spend time, money and a significant investment of life to do it for me – […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

Adaptability and LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum

I spent the latter half of last week in London attending LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum, an extremely well organized and high profile event held annually by LSE’s student union. Big name speakers from a variety of industries addressed the audience of eager students and professionals to discuss topics around emerging markets, to offer warnings and […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2015

Role Reversal: Increasing Nature Connectedness through Technology

I’ve written before on the value of the MSc dissertation as a component of Oxford’s 1+1 MBA programme. Through my dissertation, I explored the emerging frontier of big data and environmental sustainability. Fortunately, I’ve found similar opportunities during my MBA year to research a topic I’m passionate about, namely, our connectedness with the natural world, […]

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Posted by: on February 16, 2015

A fighting spirit

This year has gotten off to a frantic start, as is always the case for all final-year MBA students. January brings the intersection of three professional buckets: the interviewing rush, the innumerable challenges we wittingly and unwittingly commit to and the ramp up of coursework. My experience and reaction to all these forces thus far […]

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Posted by: on January 29, 2015

(Bi)cycle Wars

One element of Oxford living that doesn’t get enough attention is cycling, or as my American self would call it, biking. This is a biker city, and if you live anywhere that’s more than a 5-minute walk from class, you’re going to want to get a cycle. This is one element I didn’t quite factor […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

Paper Tigers and Intrapreneurs

Dear Friends, It has been an action-packed time at Saïd Business School since I last blogged.  We have had exams, which were in the main okay (as long as you revise) apart from the odd paper tiger.  Time intensive though, and I now know what the admissions team (big shout to Gisela who is the […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

Lessons from tragedy

A lot has happened since my last blog post…. Around 9:30am on the 15th of December a man walked into The Lindt café. A café in the centre of the city of my hometown of Sydney. Lindt serves one of the better hot chocolates in Sydney and being in the centre of the city and […]

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