New horizons

Marcel Proust said “The real voyage of discovery is not to seek new landscapes but to look upon the world with fresh eyes.”

I like to remind myself of this when we’re studying the family finances and realise we can’t afford to go on holiday.

This year though I’m interpreting it in a different way. Later this week I begin an MBA at the University of Warwick Business School. It’s a three-year course delivered via distance learning, so I’ll have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other students from all over the world. The syllabus looks fascinating and formidable in equal measure; I’m looking forward to getting the course under way but I can’t deny a certain amount of trepidation, especially when it comes to balancing study with work and personal life. Still, anything worth having is worth working for.

One important theme of the course is that learning should be applied. Students are encouraged to think about how the concepts and ideas studied could be put into practice in daily work life, or take experiences from their own professional roles to provide context for the course. With this in mind and with the inspiration of Matt Cooling, a current Warwick student, I’m going to use this blog to talk about my experience on the course. Hopefully it will benefit my learning experience and be helpful for other people too. Here goes.

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