The year of your Strathclyde MBA is going to be the fastest one of your life. Trust me on this statement as I have 60 others of my batch who will concur with me. During this period one of the key skills you learn and practise daily is prioritisation. This is because you will face a number of tasks to do and a number of people to manage within short periods of time.
Most of you will be aware of the prioritisation matrix. For the benefit of those who don’t, here it is.
During the MBA you are advised to take up new challenges. Most of the modules give you the freedom to choose companies and base your report on analysing those companies. My advice to you is to explore a new organization rather than pick those you already know a great deal about. Because your modules are team based, you could always take a company that someone else has worked in rather than yours. Trust me, it is natural for members to recommend their own organizations and your openness will be received like a whiff of fresh air. 🙂
Based on my personal experience, the phase of experimenting with your choices is really interesting and you will be fascinated to note the very many best practises of organizations other than yours. This also makes you more employable, I mean, who wouldn’t want to recruit a manager with different outside perspectives?
At the same time, the MBA is so challenging that you might have to take decisions where you have to go by your strengths and get done with the tasks in hand. The courage to try new things should not blind you from the priorities in hand. Deciding when to adopt which strategy is what shapes the manager in you.
The MBA is designed in such a way that you learn functional aspects in your first and second semesters and then use the overall knowledge in the third semester of strategy. Following that module are the electives, their assignments, project work, project scouting and job hunting, in short two months of madness!!
It is during this stage that you could look at reaping out benefits of your previous work. Remember that your modules are interconnected and you could use the outputs of one assignment to feed into another assignment. For instance, in our strategy assignment we had already defined the business idea of a company and this we used to define performance metrics in another elective – Effective measurement of Business Performance.
Always remember – Priorities!