I had already been in work for a number of years when I started the Executive MBA. My current job role is Financial Controller for a manufacturing company called Hoya Lens UK Limited. I am responsible for all finance decisions made locally in the UK, plus I am part of the commercial team so I am heavily involved in all strategic, and tactical decisions made. It was daunting when I was first promoted to my current role some years ago, but I wanted to prove that I was capable enough to do it.
With regards to studying for a master’s degree, my managing director asked me whether I would like to improve my management skills and presented the Executive MBA course at Wrexham Glyndwr. I was quite a grumpy student to start with as I struggled with the academic side of the course for a while, but through plenty of practise and guidance from lecturers and other cohort members, things got a bit easier. I always asked a lot of questions, to help me understand what I was being taught.
Studying at Wrexham Glyndwr has opened my mind and helped to improve my skills in other areas besides finance. My business decisions are more balanced and considered these days.
My advice to anybody wondering whether they should start an Executive MBA is, it is a really tough ask and you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of your free time for 2 to 3 years.
My memories from my time at Wrexham Glyndwr include making friends with the other cohorts, as we were all going through the pain together and Jan Green being an inspirational tutor. There are some great tutors to help get you through.
Not everyone attending Master’s courses will have experienced academia. I was one who hadn’t, and it was a completely alien world for a while being asked to write an essay on what other people think, plus referencing, what a nightmare... but I was so relieved and proud to gain a Master’s degree.