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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 course, 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."
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 has around 40 clients and is opening offices in the U.S. The market-leading software platform company is a Google and Bing certified partner and has recently won the EMEA Google Partners 2016 new business award in Berlin.
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.”
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 mind-set 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."