Every year students leave full-time jobs and their families and move overseas to embark on a one year full-time MBA journey. Before commencing my MBA degree I was very excited to take some time out to invest in myself and in my personal development, but also slightly nervous about juggling the high workload for the different courses in the MBA program and about moving to a new country.
I completed my MBA during September 2020 and it was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I hope this blog will encourage new and prospective students who are considering pursuing a MBA degree and might feel indecisive about moving overseas to further their studies.
I graduated in 2013 and completed 3 degrees at one of the top institutions in South Africa. I thereafter worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 5 years and then made a decision to pursue my MBA degree abroad as I wanted the experience of networking and collaborating with colleagues, staff and leaders from different nationalities, cultures and industries, and of living in another country.
Living and studying in Glasgow for 13 months was one of the best decisions I’ve made as I not only made great friends with my classmates, who were from different countries, but also with the friendly local Scottish people I met throughout the year. I got to expand my business knowledge and develop my soft skills, understand more about who I am and what my passions and career aspirations truly are. I also had lots of fun doing some tourism during the weekends and the holidays, where I got to immerse myself in British and Scottish history.
If you desire to be a global leader, enjoy being stretched and being placed outside of your comfort zone, and enjoy meeting and working with people from different cultures, then studying a MBA degree abroad will be extremely beneficial to you. Studying abroad will not only equip you with new knowledge and perspectives, but also develop key qualities such as resilience, intercultural awareness, etc. and enlarge your network. I encourage you to take ownership of your career and invest in yourself as it will be an experience you will never regret, that will surely open up new and exciting opportunities in the future.