From one world to another

“I left the Navy ready to make the transition to civilian life. I needed time to reflect on the skills I had - and where the gaps were.”

Andrea Frkovich

Pre-programme: Landward Security Officer, US Navy
Summer associate: Bain & Company
Participant and student ambassador, MBA2020

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This girl can

“Being a female officer on an all-male ship meant that I have learned how to play off
preconceptions.”

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A nurturing environment

“I was nervous about some of my business classes initially, but the professors do a brilliant job of providing guidance and resources. I also found tremendous support and stimulation from the Military in Business Club, a networking group for veterans from all over the world."

“The club is a fantastic support, connecting students who have had similar experiences from a military background. It offers mentorship as well as a full calendar of activities and interesting events."

“In many ways though, the greatest support has been from my fellow students. My classmates are just great. They are always proactive about helping, exchanging ideas and providing contacts and networking opportunities. It’s a real community."

“In return, I hope that the insights I give them based on my own experiences in the US Navy managing very large groups of people and conflict resolution are helpful. Working in different officer roles over several years, I had quite large amounts of responsibility from a young age. That’s just how leadership development works in the military."

“You gain a huge amount of exposure from the start, rotating through different roles and working in a vast number of different countries and environments."

“Under my stewardship as Landward Security Officer in 2016 to 2017, I was head of a US and Nepalese sentry team responsible for providing security for more than 30,000 personnel in the United Arab Emirates. Before that, one of my roles was officer of the deck on board a cruiser where I trained a team of sailors to effectively drive and fight the ship before deployment, coordinating high-risk helicopter landings and search and rescue exercises."

“Through these positions and others, I discovered that I thrive working within a team, making time-sensitive decisions under pressure and collaborating with team mates – within inclusive teams – to devise fast, effective and practicable solutions to complex problems."

“In addition, being a female officer on an all-male ship meant that I have learned how to play off preconceptions and the importance of believing in yourself and your strengths and that way gain credibility and respect.”

Preparing for career success

“You benefit from this uniquely global feeling and outlook.”

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Future ambitions

“My experiences mean I bring a different perspective, one from outside the corporate world, but that can be applied within it when working with my peers."

“My LBS experience is surpassing my expectations. I chose the School because of its international dimension. I was drawn to that - to its unique profile and that of its student body. With an undergraduate degree in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and an M. Phil in politics, I believe that travelling and learning from people from diverse backgrounds is one of the best ways to grow, intellectually and socially."

“More than 90% of my MBA cohort is international, so you benefit from this uniquely global feeling and outlook."

“I am hoping to pursue a future career in public sector consultancy. The MBA programme is certainly helping me to prepare for that by giving me a solid grounding in the geopolitical and economic realities of the global economy and an expanded understanding of the world
around me.”

Unique learning experience

“LBS is surpassing my expectations. I was drawn to the School’s unique profile and that of its student body.”

Not just consultants and bankers

“I found tremendous support and stimulation from the Military in Business Club.”