An MBA can take you anywhere in the world, from the top of your company to the pinnacle of industry, but how tricky is it to earn your stripes as a Master of Business Administration whilst already working full time in a management position?
Mel Preedy graduated with an MBA in Business Leadership and Management from the University of Worcester’s Business School in 2016, whilst working as part of the senior management team for Herefordshire-based Caplor Energy: “Although studying whilst working full time was tough, especially when you factor two children in to the mix, I learnt to accept that I couldn’t give absolutely everything to absolutely everything all the time,” Mel said. “I learnt to prioritise my time and focus strategically. It was particularly challenging around pinch points like my dissertation deadline, but I think my determination got me through.”
“One of the things that was holding me back from progressing my career in the way that I wanted was my limited experience in the business environment, especially at a managerial level,” Mel added. “I knew that an MBA would equip me with the tools and the leadership skills to enable me to fulfil my ambitions for the future.”
For Mel, studying an MBA at postgraduate level was a very different experience from her previous experiences as an undergraduate: “I was used to sitting in large lecture theatres being talked at, but at Worcester it wasn’t like that. I was surprised by how interactive the lectures were, and I enjoyed hearing the thoughts and ideas of class-mates in our discussions. There were people from a huge variety of backgrounds in business, so everyone had an interesting perspective to bring to the table during our discussions.”
So after all the hard work, has it been worth it?: “Definitely,” Mel said. “I have developed my professional confidence, and many of the strategies I learnt during my MBA have been very helpful in my work – in helping to develop our business plan and in devising messaging for different product lines for example. In many ways, the MBA is just the start, there’s so much more to learn," Mel added. “I see this as a base which will allow me to continue to build my knowledge and skills. I am relishing the opportunity to help develop Caplor as part of the senior management team, driving forward our core business and inspiring others on to a renewable energy journey.”