We spoke to Cambridge MBA alumna Oremeyi Adeola Akah (MBA 2010), Chief Customer Success Officer at Interswitch, based in Nigeria, about her MBA year and how she has made the benefits of the Cambridge MBA experience last over the long-term.
This question has been at the forefront of my mind since my time at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2010, right up until I dropped my final pen in September 2011 after an intense and valuable internship at MasterCard Advisors in London. Reflecting on my journey, I have discovered a few key tips that have helped me maximise the long-term benefits of my MBA experience.
1. Apply learning fast
The real value of an MBA lies in the application of knowledge. Embrace the opportunity to put your learnings into practice as quickly as possible. The faster you apply and implement what you’ve gained, the more you’ll gain in return.
2. Sign up for your alumni group
Alumni networks are an incredible resource for ongoing support, collaboration, and networking. I am proud to be one of the co-ordinators of the CJBS alumni group in Lagos, Nigeria, along with a fellow student, Dr Anino Emuwa, and alumni, Dr Olalekan Makinde. I also serve on the advisory board of the CJBS Alumni Advisory Council. Stay connected and engage with your fellow alumni, you never know where those connections might lead.
3. Get involved in relevant SIGs and events
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and events provide opportunities to dive deeper into specific areas of interest and stay up to date with industry trends. Throughout my journey, I have participated in various activities with the CABN (Cambridge Alumni Business Network) and had the privilege to speak at their annual conference in 2018.
One highlight so far in 2023 has been the opportunity given to me by Professor Jaideep Prabhu to share innovation stories of Interswitch Group with current MBA students for a full 60 minutes in a live class. Embrace these chances to contribute and learn from your peers.
4. Drop by for a visit when you can
Revisiting your alma mater can be an incredibly enriching experience. Whether it’s attending a lecture, reconnecting with professors, or simply immersing yourself in the vibrant campus environment, these visits can reignite your passion and remind you of the journey that shaped you. During my last visit, I also had the pleasure of bumping into the energetic Professor Gishan Dissanaike, a corporate finance expert who first introduced me to NPV and IRR, setting the stage for my financial acumen.
What tips do you find most valuable as a masters programme or MBA holder? How have you made the most of your investment? Tell us on social media using hashtag #CambridgeMBA.
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