"Another step closer to achieving my career goal" - Why I chose to study at WBS

21 July 2022

Executive Diploma in Strategy & Innovation participant Malgorzata Bakun shares why she chose Warwick Business School. 

Over past few years I have contemplated the idea of going back to university to study an Executive MBA. I have researched the top universities in United Kingdom and attended virtual events and open days. That is how I discovered the Executive Diploma in Strategy & Innovation at Warwick Business School. Having a retail background and being educated in humanities I have always paid attention to the diploma value proposition. The second deciding factor was the holistic approach of the application process. The Business Development Managers were truly professional and no question remained unanswered. 

I chose Warwick Business School for its academic excellence, global reputation, high rankings, diversity and CORE values. The programme is divided into four modules taught by world-renowned faculty. From day one the challenge was on. Pre-readings and case studies were giving us a taste of what to expect the following day. The lectures and group work were immensely engaging. Every day was intellectually stimulating. Without giving too much away about content of diploma it is fair to say that the formal education at WBS provided me with tools and frameworks to navigate organisations through volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous challenges. I am another step closer to achieving my career goal.

In between modules the University organised numerous networking events in The Shard and via the my.wbs online platform. I have had an opportunity to participate in a few of them. Most memorable for me was the launch of the book “Unprecedented Leadership” by Professor John Colley, Professor Dimitrios Spyridonidis and Professor Tim Wray. On another occasion, I enjoyed an event organised by the CareerPlus services where I met John Lees presenting his latest work “How to get the job you love” and participated in workshops. These events and opportunities helped me to develop some useful skills, broaden interests and connect with like-minded individuals. 

So far, I have not only enhanced my business acumen but also I have had an opportunity to build friendships and professional networks. Our course director, Professor Jonathan Westrup was present every day, always available to answer our questions, inviting guest speakers and accompanying us in the dinners. Plus, Claire Ioannou, our invaluable course coordinator, organised our extracurricular activities and helped us to navigate through the logistics of our diploma. Although, my journey at WBS is not over yet. I am grateful for the opportunity of meeting so many fantastic people, coming from diverse backgrounds and industries with individual professional goals and one common characteristic: courage to dream big. 

Find out more about the Executive Diploma in Strategy & Innovation here.

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