Darren Kurnia
Full-time MBA (2023 - 2024)

Tell us a bit about yourself

Originally from Indonesia, I earned my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Over the past seven years, I've worked as an Account Manager in the chemical sector. I find great satisfaction in connecting with new people, gaining insights from their experiences, and fostering meaningful friendships along the way.

Why did you ultimately choose Warwick Business School for your MBA?

Apart from the outstanding reputation that Warwick Business School (WBS) holds - currently ranking 2nd in the UK in the Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2023.

What elements of the programme do you value the most and why?

I greatly appreciate the plentiful opportunities that the MBA programme has provided for both me and my cohort. These include engaging in international modules, visiting tech firms in Dublin, attending networking events, and participating in careers-related workshops. Regarding academics, I found the 'Strategic Thinking', 'Corporate Reporting & Decision Making’, 'LeadershipPlus’, and 'Financial Management' modules to be particularly enjoyable and informative. Each module has significantly contributed to my understanding of what it takes to be a responsible leader, striving to achieve the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

What is it like studying for an MBA?

It is a mixture of academics and practicality with lots of group and individual work in between. However, the most important aspect of it is to redefine your purpose and perspective. As Professor Hugh Wilson mentioned during our induction day, the MBA provides a safe space to experiment with how you approach things and find equilibrium in improving yourself, both personally and professionally.

Tell us about the community at Warwick Business School. This could be your cohort or the wider Global community.

Studying for an MBA in a prestigious school mean that I expected competition among the cohort. However, it turns out that the support I am receiving from my cohort is the highest I have ever experienced in my life. It's quite unbelievable that everyone is willing to support each other, regardless of their background.

What kind of support have you received from the careers team? How has it helped you?

The CareersPlus team has assisted me in assessing how to best leverage my potential and in identifying areas I need to be aware of. Additionally, the Employer Relations team have organised numerous networking events with companies such as Google, American Express, and BCG. Many more events are scheduled for Term 2 and 3, and I’m eagerly looking forward to them!

Can you tell us about your career plans? What’s next for you?

My main plan is to pursue a managerial role outside of my home country and challenge myself out of my comfort zone. I am open to new sectors, especially consulting and tech.

How do you find the work/life balance?

As a Full-time MBA student, I am personally content with my work/life balance, but it entirely depends on how effectively you manage your time. I had plenty of occasions to visit new places around the UK on the weekends or the week off. Moreover, with just a ten minute walk from WBS to the Warwick Sports & Wellness Hub, I can still find time to play badminton with my peers amidst my schedules without neglecting any other tasks.

Do you have any advice for anyone currently thinking about studying for an MBA?

If you are considering redefining your purpose or perspective, pursuing significant career growth or a career switch, enhancing your business acumen, or even taking a one-year career break to experience diverse cultures and backgrounds, I highly recommend studying for an MBA internationally!