Finding a new direction
“It’s a support network that’s helped me directly, and indirectly, to make my way in my life post military.”
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“Sloan was tailor-made for someone at my stage in career and life.”
Different stories, similar goals
“When I left the military, one of the things I missed the most was being a part of a team, a family that looked after each other. LBS and Sloan filled that gap. Both during the programme and in the time since, London Business School more generally and Sloan in particular, have given me a new clan to be part of."
“In total, I spent 24 years in the United States Air Force. My final role was as Commander of the 78 th Mission Support Group, where I was responsible for an Air Force support unit of 1300+ military personal and civilians providing broad-spectrum support for aircraft maintenance operations. Afterwards, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do next."
“Doing a postgraduate degree gave me the time and tools to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. Before I started Sloan, all I knew was that I wanted to live in London and that the city offered some of the world’s best postgraduate opportunities. That’s how I came across London Business School. I initially looked at the MBA programme but after speaking with admissions, I realised that my experience level was more relevant to the Sloan Fellowship."
“When I looked into the curriculum, the student profile and the types of courses on offer, it was clear Sloan was tailor-made for someone at my stage in career and life. The programme is designed for those with a lot of professional experience behind them. It attracts people like me, who are further along in their career, and who, for whatever reason, need a focused break from what they’ve been doing. So the Sloan offerings — from self-assessment and reflection, to refining soft skills and learning new hard skills — answer the needs of this unique set of people.
“At one and the same time, the other participants in my cohort were both vastly different from, and very similar to me. This common thread really made the class gel - we became something of a family. My class had an incredibly wide-ranging set of backgrounds, sectors and cultures and yet we all shared similar personal missions and objectives. The fact that everyone had a different story and life journey made the learning experience that much richer.”
Past relates to future
“I absolutely loved Richard Jolly and his Organisational Behaviour classes. He has a dynamic teaching style that really makes the material come to life. I think of what I learned from him about the human side of business pretty regularly in my work. Generally, the faculty were
fantastic and quite obviously leaders in their field. They managed to have gravitas whilst still being engaging and, most importantly, they genuinely cared that students got maximum value from their courses and the program as a whole."
“Randall Peterson, Dominic Houlder and Julian Birkinshaw were also favourites and seemed to have the ‘right stuff’ to teach Sloans - we could be challenging!"
“My time on Sloan helped me figure out what sector I wanted to be in and gave me the tools and confidence to make a huge career shift. I now run several programmes of business and innovation support for start-ups in the low carbon, cleantech, sustainability space. There are a number of good ‘hard’ skills I took away from Sloan — Porters 5 forces type assessment of businesses, creating/refining financial and business models, strategy development — that have proven really useful to me."
“Most importantly, though, Sloan taught me that my past career (and indeed anyone’s past
career) has great applicability to the future one. I learned to value what I already knew pre- Sloan and how to apply that to my current role. The opportunities the programme provides for personal introspection are invaluable."
“There are so many great things about Sloan. I joined the Energy and Women in Business clubs and loved getting involved with like-minded people. But the real highlight for me was becoming part of a team again, a family that has stayed with me even since graduation. It’s a support network that’s helped me directly, and indirectly, to make my way in my life post military."
“There’s no doubt that I’ll continue to use what I learned on Sloan moving into the future. My LBS and Sloan networks are still vital to me and continue to keep me engaged with the school and with the sectors I’m interested in. I also take advantage of the alumni offering
presented - politics in the workplace, storytelling workshops, careers centre – in order to stay fresh and up-to-date on relevant topics.”
“My class had an incredibly wide-ranging set of backgrounds, sectors and cultures and yet we all shared similar personal missions and objectives.”
“My LBS and Sloan networks are still vital to me.”