Abybah Traoré
Strategy Consultant at Baringa Partners
Full-time MBA (2019-20)

The advice I could give to anyone currently thinking about studying for an MBA is to do their preliminary homework (online research, talking to alumni and recruitment team, etc.). Knowing what to expect from the business school is important so that you can select the best fit in order to maximise your potential, considering your short and long-term aspirations. I started this MBA journey to develop my business skills in today's global context, and to be more resourceful to face the next opportunities and challenges in my career. I was first attracted to Warwick Busines School (WBS) by the quality-cost advantage it offered and the ranking in the UK, and I ultimately chose WBS after engaging with the recruitment team whom I found supportive and I was expecting the same from the whole program team.

Studying for an MBA is a stimulating learning and networking experience. I have been challenged to learn and practice with projects, and to reflect and unlearn less useful beliefs and habits, which can be difficult for young adults.

Time flies during a one-year MBA and the work-life balance is individual dependent, I think. Some might find the experience very overwhelming while others don’t. I was able to find my balance between studying, networking, recharging and exploring the UK. My best travel memories are from the beautiful cities of Bath and Edinburgh, with World at Warwick. Living in Coventry city centre offers many possibilities too, as well as the nearby cities like Birmingham and London. The University of Warwick itself also gives many options to unwind and socialise, from the Warwick Arts Centre to the Sports and Wellness Hub, and the diverse students’ societies.

What I value the most in the program are the academics, and how they challenge me to stretch my thinking. Plus, interacting with a cohort from multidisciplinary academic backgrounds and experiences in various organisations offers new perspectives.