- Class of 2014
- Nationality: Latvian
Newcastle University performed strongly in the UK league tables and the Newcastle MBA focused on the practical application of management theory which felt like the best choice in preparing me for the next phase of my career. When applying for this MBA programme, I knew that it would be a life-changing experience.
Coming from a fairly narrow field (Banking), I was seeking to develop and broaden my experience, which this MBA programme helped me to achieve. I acquired a range of skills necessary for general management and gained a broader outlook. I learned how to ‘think outside the box’ in order to develop a greater appreciation of how markets, companies and systems interact with each other.
I gained global experience through learning to live, work and operate in an international environment. I applied and enhanced my creativity and innovation skills by solving different business issues through group work on cases and projects. Lastly, I acquired the necessary mind-set and skills to become a successful leader who ‘knows the way, goes the way and shows the way’.
The MBA remains the world's best-known management qualification. It is a much more flexible qualification, enables me to become a marketable employee and allows me to explore different career options in a range of industries.
Additionally, the programme recognises that leadership potential is highly important for any organisations. There was a strong focus on developing this skill and I was able to develop my confidence by taking the lead in various projects.
My experiences on the programme proved to me that the most valuable quality of a leader is the ability to recognise talents and skills in other people and encourage them in a manner that allows them to reach their fullest potential. I observed that once the entire team was working at their maximum potential, the final results were always much stronger.
Studying at MBA level
Working on live projects within the MBA, I was involved in real-time action learning, which was one of the main differences compared with my undergraduate studies.
Having the opportunity to meet people from all over the world was the most exciting thing that I experienced as a student in Newcastle. Interaction with people from a range of nationalities gave me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to work together better.
Advice for new students
In order to succeed and reach true productivity in such an intensive and challenging programme, it’s vital to be persistent, develop excellent time management skills and plan carefully. The process of studying and acquiring a large amount of knowledge within a relatively short period of time is a challenge and will require certain adjustments in your daily routine. It’s important to value your time and use it wisely.