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Posted by: on December 1, 2014

From investment banker to financial wizard – pursuing a MBA degree in Hogwarts

Four months ago, when I was sitting in my office at the CBD of Singapore, bidding farewell to my colleagues and shredding the pitchbooks I spent days and nights putting up together, I thought I finally can take a break from the investment banking life and seek some inner peace at my dream school. I […]

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Posted by: on November 26, 2014

Who says you have to have a job?

Muhammad Yunis says a job is an artificial thing. It is old-fashioned thinking. “A real human being,” Yunus told us, “is an entrepreneur. I’m not a job seeker; I’m a job creator.” Nobel Laureate, founder of the Grameen Bank (Grameen Foundation), lifelong social entrepreneur and incredibly eloquent speaker Professor Muhammad Yunus graced the halls of […]

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Posted by: on November 21, 2014

And thus with a whirlwind ride and a swishing ending

Pablo Picasso said ” The purpose of art is to wash the daily dust of our lives” but it is a particularly tedious challenge for those with heavy business dust settling in deep crevices of their being, thanks to “corporate finance” and ” entrepreneurship ” and ” strategy” and “decision making tools ” etc etc […]

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Posted by: on November 19, 2014

The Saïd adventures of a social science 1+1 MBA

I am one of those unconventional MBA students. On the younger side: 25 years old. No full-time work experience – the only experience I have is running a non-profit organization (or social enterprise, however you’d like to define it) in my native Zimbabwe for four years, mostly from several thousands of miles away as an […]

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Posted by: on November 19, 2014

The benefits of a prestigious university

What does it mean to be ‘embedded within a world-class university’? This is an expression I have heard more than 30 times now, since starting my MBA two months ago. A simple explanation is: I am not only a student of the business school but also a student of the university at large, belonging to […]

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Posted by: on November 18, 2014

“Europe’s Hottest Tech Conference” Web Summit: Day 1 Part 1

This past summer, a rather interesting post popped up on my Facebook newsfeed – “Web Summit – Be 1 of 100 MBA’s to win a scholarship to attend Europe’s hottest tech conference –APPLY NOW.” I applied, never in a million years expecting to be selected given my remarkably limited (practically non-existent) technical background, but figured […]

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Posted by: on November 12, 2014

Let me tell you about my Monday

Continuing to juggle the simultaneous opportunities at my disposal as well as my wide array of interests, I straddled multiple sides of my perspective career path in a single night this week, in an evening that was so very Oxford. Amid the flurry of emails I receive on a daily basis around events happening in […]

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Posted by: on November 11, 2014

Be very clear what you want in an MBA programme…

MBA Candidates in Saïd Business School struggle to balance school work, career search and social life. This is especially so during the peak of the MBA recruitment period between October and December when students put in their best application to secure a placement in MBA programmes. We are also pleasantly distracted by world class musicals […]

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Posted by: on November 10, 2014

Forming Storming Norming Performing and the chances of love

Dear beloved loyal reader(s), The niceties have ended and the class of 14/15 are now on the second stage of Bruce Tuckman’s famous theory of team development. As people get used to their surroundings and their new colleagues, competition creeps in, opinions are voiced and unsightly behaviour conducted which can have a negative effect on […]

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Posted by: on November 9, 2014

Gowns, ghosts, gangs and why the MBA isn’t that hard

Gowns So matriculation happened. Matriculation involves donning  your sub-fusc (suit, bow tie and academic gown). You march through the streets of Oxford walking two abreast until coming upon the Sheldonian. You will enter and have the Vice-Chancellor speak at you in Latin. The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that originally students would take a Latin-based entrance exam to […]

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