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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson, Cambridge MBA alumnus
 
I sought out the Cambridge MBA because I wanted an international experience, because of the reputation of the programme and the diversity of the student body.

Military background and the Cambridge MBA

I was a Naval Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. I sought out the Cambridge MBA because I wanted an international experience, because of the reputation of the programme and the diversity of the student body.

The Cambridge MBA was a great fit. I was able to contribute with my leadership experience and military background and was able to learn a great deal from the experiences of my classmates.

Most valued aspects of the programme

The network of friends and classmates, the diversity of the student body, the international experience of living in the UK and traveling abroad, in addition to the educational experiences, were all incredibly valuable to me. Also, the fact that it was one-year made it financially more feasible and got me back to work faster.

The Cambridge MBA and career progression

The MBA from the University of Cambridge has helped bridge a gap between my military experience and civilian work. It can be difficult for a recruiter or hiring manager to understand/translate military experience to value to their company. The reputation of Cambridge has caused managers to take a second look and get me in the door where I can do a better job at explaining my experience and value.

Recommendation to other military personnel

The quality of the programme will help broaden your skill set to be more successful in your next role. The reputation of the programme will help get you in the door at top employers. The experiences you'll have by interacting with such an incredible student body will round you out as an individual and the one-year duration of the programme will allow you to get back into the workforce quickly.

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