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A new network of people, disciplines and experiences.
The UCC Executive MBA programme provided me the opportunity to gain the business, operations and strategy skills to bridge my technical background and position me for a move away from technical focussed roles into more general management roles.
Over the four semesters the programme teaches an integrative approach to the overlapping core functional elements of Management (Strategy, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Law, etc) and the more personal aspect of Leadership.
This integrative approach challenges you to consider how all functions of a business are intertwined and how each must be considered and balanced.
The programme also invests significant time in balancing personal leadership development and the human dynamics of leading in the modern organisation – an area that challenges your assumptions about both.
The UCC MBA affords a unique and challenging space to add these new skills but also so much more.
The 2 year programme immerses you in a new network of people, disciplines and experiences which broadens your view of the business world and your place in it.
The nature of the Executive MBA programme ensures there is a rich diversity of classmate experience that compliments the frameworks covered in the academic modules.
It met the acid test of cracking the Glass Ceiling.
The UCC Executive MBA gave me the skills and knowledge to take my career to the next level.
The coursework in strategic planning and finance in particular provided strong programme foundations, while modules in corporate governance, marketing, economics, and HR provided helpful underpinnings.
The sequencing of the curricula gave participants the opportunity to link theory with practice for deeper learning, and the annual study trips provided an authentic assessment of our ability to work as a diverse team of consultants on a range of business issues in an international context.
There was an enormous amount of effort put into programme coordination and on-going evaluation by Joan and Senan to ensure the best fit for all participants.
Additional inputs to the programme included on-going coaching and a number of other leadership related workshops to assist those of us who were in the process or planning to transition in roles.
The January start date and the weekly lecture delivery were also key for me in terms of selecting this programme over others.
UCC offers unique connections outside of Dublin, and a personalised approach to programme delivery.
The diverse range of students ensured a critical approach to ideas generation in a safe and supportive environment; there was a good mix of gender, sectors, and international students which was another important factor for me in terms of breadth of experience and outlook.
I really enjoyed the two year UCC Executive MBA and would highly recommend it.
It met the acid test of cracking the glass ceiling as within a month of finishing I had been offered a CEO post.
As a further testament to the programme, the majority of our class continues to meet regularly for a variety of purposes including on-going CPD, and I suspect many will remain lifelong friends.
World class knowledge of their specialist subject.
Setting out on the MBA journey was not a decision I made lightly. I did a careful analysis of the commitment required to embrace the journey, professionally and personally.
When I signed up for the MBA, I was expecting that I would just be given templates to work with and that the classes would utilize rote learning methods v’s critical thinking methods. I was greatly mistaken.
The journey that I and my class mates took at UCC combined personal and professional development.
The course interweaved thought experiments that enables you to look at situations from multiple perspectives and with growing independent thought which is essential for progress and performance improvement.
During the 2 years I felt the classes’ capacity for Critical thinking grow and ideas and strategies became much more thought out and reasoned, leading to some exciting co-created ideas.
All the lecturers were of high integrity and possessed a world class knowledge of their specialist subject. The course supervisors very open and supportive, with excellent facilities for team and individual assignments.
Once I made the commitment, the 2 years’ journey to attain an MBA became one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had personally and professionally.
Making successful strategic decisions is the measure of a leader.
The UCC Executive MBA is an outstanding program with a unique ability to get the most from each individual who has completed the degree.
Making successful strategic decisions is the measure of a leader and I can only do this effectively if these decisions are based on quantitative data which is analysed through informed learning.
The UCC Executive MBA has given me huge confidence in relation to completing a full external and internal analysis of my own business.
The MBA journey is a manifestation of my development as a business leader and it has given me the ability to research, analyse and confidently critique my business offering and business structure.I can now move forward, looking at different strategic options to positively enhance the competitive advantage of my company.
It broadened my outlook of the business world.
Key functional elements of any MBA course include finance, economics, strategy and marketing. The UCC Executive MBA programme successfully interweaves personal development through the functional elements. This enhances the programme benefits as you increase self-awareness, as well as business and leadership awareness.
The semester structure of the UCC Executive MBA enables you to apply and develop deeper understandings of the programme content in your workplace during and between semesters. This allows professional development to continue in parallel with your career development.
For me, the opportunity to work closely with classmates from several industries was invaluable. It broadened my outlook of the business world, not to mention establishing strong friendships.
I have found the value of the MBA programme lives on much longer than the two years at UCC. I better understand where my business environment is going, how I can influence it and how I can continue to develop.
Always the opportunity for personal development.
The Executive MBA programme in UCC has given me the opportunity for both personal and professional development.
The MBA program successfully combines the taught learning of fundamental subjects such as finance, economics, strategy and marketing with the shared experiences of a group of people from a very diverse range of industries.
The class is a good mix of personalities and experience which allows for ideas to shared, challenged and developed in a respectful and encouraging environment.
Each semester presents a new learning opportunity, new challenges, an added work load but always the opportunity for personal development.
I found the MBA to be a truly rewarding experience and one that I have missed since completing the final semester.
I have left the MBA programme haven grown professionally, personally and with a new and enduring network of colleagues and friends from a broad spectrum of industry and life.
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