First of all, I have finally done it!!!!
After 3 and a half years of studying really hard, this year I successfully completed my MBA (Masters in Business Administration) through the Open University.
As I said in a previous blog post, an MBA is not often seen as a natural qualification in the field of Housing. But, along with always wanting to undertake an MBA, I thought it might be a good qualification to help me differentiate myself from other candidates in progressing my future career.
I can honestly say it has been one of the hardest but most rewarding things I have ever done. The nights and weekends spent studying and the time spent every day thinking about the course – it was intense. The first six months of the second year in particular were really challenging, completing ‘The Dynamics of Strategy’ alongside ‘Corporate Finance’. It was also really difficult reaching the finishing line as at this stage of studying I was ready for a break! But the feeling of submitting my last assignment was only topped by receiving confirmation that I had successfully completed my MBA!
I have previously blogged about some of my reflections from learning, including three reflections from 2 years into my MBA. These still hold true for me.
But now that I have completed my MBA, I can further reflect on how I have used some of the learning:
- I now have a ‘toolbox’ that I can dip into when faced with any business problem that I need to tackle – anyone who has completed an MBA will know the power of a two-by-two matrix for assessing almost any problem;
- I can successfully utilise my MBA skills and experience to provide added value to my role and organisation – I do this on a near-enough daily basis.
To clarify, the MBA units I undertook were:
|Strategic human resource management (BB845)||2018||15 credits|
|Managing in the digital economy (BXM871)||2018||15 credits|
|Making a difference: the management initiative (B839)||2017||30 credits|
|Management beyond the mainstream (BB847)||2017||15 credits|
|Corporate finance (BB831)||2017||15 credits|
|The dynamics of strategy (BB835)||2016||30 credits|
|MBA stage 1: management: perspectives and practice (B716)||2015||60 credits|
As part of the above units, I was also able to successfully pass three three hour written exams, in Corporate Finance, Dynamics of Strategy and Management: Perspectives and Practice (I never realised how much I could write by hand when under time pressure).
I can now also (proudly) sign off with:
Brett Sadler, MBA