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AARON MCIVOR

Marketing Manager, BPI PLC

Aaron McIvor

Background:                     MA Politics and Philosophy – University of Glasgow

Country of Origin:          Scotland

Language(s) spoken:     English

…I’m also a foodie (or at least a wannabe foodie) and would love to launch, develop and grow my own business that somehow involves food one day

Why the MBA? To gain knowledge and develop skills across an entire spectrum of business disciplines whilst developing my professional network. I’m also hoping to gain a deeper insight into alternative business perspectives from my MBA peers.

 Why Strathclyde? Having spent four years on the other side of the city at the University of Glasgow, it wasn’t easy to cross to the ‘dark’ side. Fortunately, I saw sense and realized that the SBS MBA was for me – not only is its reputation unmatched by any other university in Scotland but its content and approach to teaching suit me well.

Positive experiences and what opportunities has the MBA opened your eyes to –  So far the MBA has given me an excellent opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and gain insight into their businesses.

 What can you offer other students?  Prior to joining BPI, I spent time working in a few SMEs including a venture backed start-up. One of the best bits of working for smaller businesses, particularly in the start-up phase is the sheer variety in the day to day of the job. This meant stepping far outside my marketing box often and with it developing an interest and aptitude in many aspects of business – both operational and commercial. I believe this has instilled in me a more holistic appreciation of how the various elements of a business need to interact to create optimum progress and value. I hope to put this experience to good use during the various group projects throughout the MBA.

 Future aspirations:  Always a tough one and making a lasting mark on my current organization definitely features. But deep down I’m also a foodie (or at least a wannabe foodie) and would love to launch, develop and grow my own business that somehow involves food one day.