Experience at the fore
“When I started thinking about post-graduate study, I had been at the same company for a long time, doing the same job, which I enjoyed. However, I was cognizant that the world around me was changing rapidly. I wanted to be part of that change and was open to new ideas. I really embraced the idea of taking a year to focus on my personal development."
“I loved the idea of a postgraduate degree surrounded by people with as much, if not more, experience than I had. I attended an information session for all of the Sloan programmes – LBS, MIT and Stanford – but chose LBS for the maturity and experience of the cohort. Having been in finance for my entire career, I also liked the fact that so many industries and specialties are represented in Sloan. Best of all, I got to stay in the city that I have lived in for 16 years, that I absolutely love."
“When people ask me about the impact of learning with the Sloan cohort, I always cite the same example. We were in Jessica Spungin’s Strategy core course, she had a guest lecturer in and they were jointly discussing an oil major’s strategic decisions post an environmental crisis. My colleagues were active in the discussion, representing various viewpoints, from the perspective of an investment banker (energy-focused), several engineers, a management consultant and an investor in energy stocks and energy commodities (me). Jessica stepped back and said, ‘You guys lead the discussion."
“Where else can you get that? The lecturer knew that our collective experience added so much to the course and was confident enough to step back. It’s the rich fabric of the other participants that provides so much value in Sloan."
“It’s that experience of the cohort that separates the Sloan Masters from other postgraduate business programmes. The lectures and lessons are enhanced by a collective experience that adds huge value. There’s a real breadth of different perspectives, too – the lawyer, the engineer, the entrepreneur – it’s not just finance and business concepts, but life lessons."
“The multinational nature of the class helped prepare me for my current role. I am American and have lived in England for nearly two decades. I thought I had an international perspective, but I had worked for American companies for my entire career. Now I work for a multinational and interact with Brazilians, Argentinians, French, Chinese, Indonesian, South Africans every single day. The Sloan prepared me for that.”