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From high-powered directors to successful entrepreneurs, the success of our alumni is testament to the quality and international reputation of the Manchester Global Part-time MBA. Where will it take you?
Hear from our alumni
Katey Neate, Vice President in Risk Management, BNY Mellon, UK
"I’ve worked for BNY Mellon since 2002 in a variety of different roles, in both London and Manchester. BNY Mellon offered a number of employees the chance to complete the MBA, and I leapt at the opportunity to enrol. I wanted to get into studying again and, in terms of my career, I wanted to have more roles available to me beyond the operations roles I’d held previously. It just felt like the right time."
"I changed jobs (and cities!) twice after starting the Global MBA, once halfway through the programme and again since graduating. My first move was from an operations role to a sales role, and from Manchester to London. The flexibility of study afforded by the programme definitely enabled me to make the move. The roles I’ve moved into have been very different than my role when I started the programme in terms of scope and exposure to different parts of the organisation.
"Completing the Global MBA has contributed both directly and indirectly to my career progression. Having the MBA on my CV helped with the selection process in the interview for my current role, and the core knowledge I’ve gained about finance, macroeconomics and global trends has given me both the confidence and the know-how to apply for different roles."
Fabio Di Prima, Managing Director & Head of Retail Operations, Fiat Chrysler, UK
“The Global MBA has been very instrumental to my career path at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. I joined the company in 2005 as a young graduate and after five successful years, had reached a point where an MBA would complement my progression and steer me along the right career path.
“Prior to my MBA, I was working on a global scale for Fiat Chrysler, having been based across Europe. When selecting the right course and institution, I gathered information on a variety of MBAs, both in the UK and the USA. I came across the Global MBA offered by Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), which pushed me towards choosing a part-time programme.
“Despite having been accepted onto a number of MBA programmes at Ivy League institutions in the USA, I decided that the Manchester MBA was more suited to the global nature of my personality and career. Alliance MBS seemed to have cultivated a real global culture, and the US Schools did not seem to value this as highly. I was very lucky to be studying alongside a class with such diverse backgrounds and talents – we still share our ideas and business views with each other even now.
“This, paired with the technical skills I gained, such as finance and leadership, gave the Global MBA added value.
“There is no doubt that the Alliance MBS MBA was tough. I was surprised that one of my main learnings was coping with challenging workloads and deadlines. A particular highlight for me was the extraordinary people I got to work with – both my course peers and leaders.
“On finishing my MBA I was appointed head of Europe for a premium Brand within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. One year later, I was appointed Managing Director/Head of Retail Operations at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the Swiss business, which led to me being appointed the current role in the UK.
“I wouldn’t say that the MBA on its own was responsible for my growth within Fiat Chrysler, but the MBA combined with a strong ambition to grow professionally was a winning formula. The MBA made me more confident, more skilful and encouraged me to flourish within my professional life.
“For anyone thinking of undertaking an MBA, I would say, don’t pursue it to improve your CV, or salary, do it because of a personal and professional hunger to improve and widen your skills. The MBA was a great fit for my background in the manufacturing sector but it goes further than that – it is an all-encompassing programme for all sectors within business.”
Glyn Powditch, CTO & Founder, Dream Agility
“Before joining the Global MBA, I was working as a gaming director at BSkyB, and looking to start a software business with my wife. With this in mind, I decided to study an MBA with the specific aim to improve my skills in presenting and communicating technical matters to a wider business audience.
“However, I found that the MBA gave me much more than expected. The coursework, group work, and the highly specific yet varied modules, all tied in with the start-up business I was planning. Each assignment nurtured my practical skills, but also taught me about the business venture I was pursuing.
“Up until I started the MBA, my career was based solely within the corporate world. It marked a change in my career and put me out of my comfort zone. I went from being an employee in large corporate entities to an entrepreneur, setting up my own company. I was able to receive a huge variety of ideas and opinion from classmates who came from a variety of different backgrounds and industries; it really was an “eco-system” of business minds within the course, which cultivated a strong and educated business sense.
“What I got out of the MBA isn’t what I expected. The MBA is a lot more flexible than I believed it would be. The connections I made – the support system of the lecturers, as well as my classmates – were invaluable for what I am doing now. The experience of working with a range of cultures was very beneficial and I learnt important cultural differences, which will prove very useful when conducting business on a global scale.
“What I have subsequently done, having graduated from the MBA, is to return back to the business school with my business, Dream Agility. I employed five Full-time MBA students to explore how viable the business was through a consultancy project. We presented a lot of their insights to potential investors.
“Through the connections made at Alliance MBS and the subsequent networking I did, we are now working towards a Knowledge Transfer Partnership on machine learning with Alliance MBS and the computer science faculty at The University of Manchester.
"Having started with one client, Dream Agility now manages over 100 accounts with offices in Ramsbottom, Paris, Seoul, and Atlanta. The market-leading software platform company is one of the fastest growing Google Premier Partners in the UK and Australia, with eBay-certified application status and integrations with Facebook, Bing, Naver, and Amazon. Dream Agility has won numerous global awards including the EMEA Google Partners 2016 new business award in Berlin and the Bounce Busan Global Tech competition in South Korea in October 2017, receiving a winning prize of 10m Korean Won."
Kiran Sispal, Associate Director (Enterprise risk – Group Internal Audit), National Bank of Abu Dhabi
"The Global MBA has had a positive impact on my career, allowing me to attain greater responsibilities at work and lead projects. It provided a good combination of business tools with an emphasis on finance-related concepts that I am applying to my current role. It is also helping me to think strategically about how I approach projects at work and manage change in a constantly-evolving environment.
"My current company hired me due to the specialist credit risk expertise and industry experience I had gained in the UK market. I travelled to the Singapore and Dubai centres for my MBA a number of times and expanded my professional network in the Middle East. This led to the opportunity to join the largest bank in the UAE, to help build a specialist credit risk audit function within Group Internal Audit.
"I would advise incoming students to take advantage of the international centres! The opportunity to travel and study at the international locations was hands down the highlight of the entire MBA journey for me. It is life-changing in that you get to meet so many interesting people along the way, who will inevitably shape how you adapt to different cultures and working environments. This is something I think every individual should focus on at the start of his or her MBA journey. The world of work is changing and interpersonal skills play a pivotal role in establishing good working relationships and friendships for life. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance between studies, work and personal life.
"The MBA has expanded my mindset considerably, both professionally and personally. The time and effort that goes into completing the MBA, whilst balancing a full-time career is an experience that shapes you as an individual. The self-belief that I have gained in going through that experience will put me in good stead for my future career endeavours. Nothing is impossible if you have a true desire to achieve success and the determination to back it up.
"During my MBA, I realised I have a lot more patience and resilience than I initially thought. I was able to relocate to another country alone mid-way through my MBA, as well as take up a new career opportunity and still maintain a strong commitment to completing my MBA. This experience has shaped how I approach challenging situations in my life and has taught me the value of thinking and acting strategically."
Au Yang Sian, Supply Chain Director, Ferrero, Singapore
“Before starting the Global MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), I had been a supply chain professional for more than15 years, working across a wide range of industries. Upon graduating with my undergraduate degree, I worked my way up the ranks within the supply chain sector and reached the point where I felt I needed to expand my knowledge of certain business practices.
“I wanted to equip myself with a strong foundation across all parts of business I didn’t yet have expertise in. To do this, I wanted an in-depth education at a reputable school. I researched various business schools, including those more local to me in Singapore, but I realised that Alliance MBS was the most suited to my needs.
“On the MBA course, I wanted to be able to interact with my classmates and lecturers, to gain the widest variety of knowledge and insight possible. This was one of the major reasons I chose Alliance MBS; it had the best, and most diverse, network of students, who came from all over the world to study there. Alliance MBS’ global ranking was another factor in my selection, ranking highly and above the schools I was looking at in Singapore.
“As expected, my classmates all came from a wide array of industries, which made for an eye-opening and enriching experience. For me, the strategic management module was one of the highlights of the course which became an integral learning for my current role now; it taught me to look ahead and plan for all eventualities – a mindset which previously I did not utilise.
“The confidence I gained during the MBA was one thing I wasn’t expecting. It gave me the confidence I was lacking in my role to present to colleagues in top management positions. My overall approach to business has also improved; I now explore all perspectives, including financial and operational, when making decisions, which has given me much more of a professional edge.
“The MBA actually helped me secure the role I am in now. Ferrero was not just looking for someone with supply chain experience; it was keen to employ a business-minded supply chain professional to help grow the business. I would not have been confident in applying for this job without the MBA. Upon joining the company, I saw that my MBA set me apart from other candidates and it is something that will continue to help me develop within the company."
Peter Clitheroe, Account Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
“I work as an Account Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a multinational IT company. In this role, I am responsible for four large customers in retail and manufacturing globally. I also matrix manage teams based overseas in The USA and Asia.
“Before the MBA, I was working as an Account Manager for a different IT technology company and I moved to HPE after the first term of the MBA. I was then promoted a month after graduating. Studying the MBA definitely helped facilitate the move to a new company and role. While other candidates may have similar levels of knowledge and skills, I think having an MBA is a ‘rubber stamp’ that proves you have a certain level of intelligence and capability. I have no doubt that the MBA will continue to help as I look to progress further in this company.
“In my current role, I frequently draw on the courses I studied during the MBA. For example, once a month I sit down and review customers’ financial reports, which I can interpret using learnings from the Financial Management course. I regularly read up on customers’ markets and can apply knowledge from the Managerial Economics, Strategy Management and Advanced Strategic Management course. I also regularly refer back to other courses, for example, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, which help me to manage customers’ expectations during client meetings. In fact, I’ve just finished a client call where I referenced what I learned during the Operations Management class!
“One of my favourite memories of the MBA is the amazing professors, who were extremely motivating and inspiring. I also met great people from different backgrounds and countries. I’m still in contact with many of them and now call some of them friends.
“My advice to anyone looking to study an MBA is to be clear what you want to get out of it. My personal goal was to study every course to the best of my ability and get the best possible grade. Some students had specific courses they wanted to excel at. It’s good to think about your end goal before you choose a school and begin your studies.”
Amanda Tucker, Associate Director, Mazars
Pre-MBA position: Associate Director – Valuation, EY, Singapore
“I work for Mazars, a fast-growing professional services firm present in 79 countries. My current title is Associate Director and I am based in London. While the title is the same as before my MBA, the role is quite different. I am second in command of the UK valuation team, have more scope to develop and grow the business and am regularly consulted by other teams in the UK and overseas regarding technical valuation matters. I am excited by the opportunity to make a tangible difference to the teams I work in, in terms of client satisfaction, staff motivation, technical excellence and business performance.
“During the course of my MBA, I took the decision to move back to the UK from Singapore and also moved firms a few months after completing the final project. Studying for the MBA made me think much more about my long-term goals and career strategy. It gave me the courage to look at other opportunities and think beyond day-to-day tasks and deadlines. I definitely believe that the MBA helped differentiate me from other candidates when applying for jobs.
“Studying on top of a demanding full-time job and home life can be extremely challenging. Try to ensure you have the right support network in place to help you get through it. I also found it useful to store books, articles and assignments on my iPad, so I always had what I needed with me, without having to carry lots of heavy textbooks and files everywhere with me.
“Looking back on the Global MBA, I enjoyed the opportunity to attend classes in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Manchester; meeting people from around the world. I appreciate the international network that the MBA provided and I think that will provide me with support in my future career.”