Emma McKinley
Group FP&A Manager at International Airlines Group
Distance Learning MBA (2021-25)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I currently work in Finance at International Airlines Group leading the longer-term strategic planning of the business, which in pandemic times has been very hard but very interesting. I have been in finance since graduating university and whilst it interests me, I know that if I want to become a business leader then I need to expand my knowledge. This is where the MBA programme fits in, as the course gives you a holistic view of business that I couldn’t get from my day-to-day role and hopefully it will be the just the beginning of my career progression from finance professional to strategic business leader. 

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

I chose Warwick Business School due, in most part, to its prestige, it is consistently ranked top in the world by the Financial Times and those statistics are hard to ignore. Combine that with the level of flexibility of the course, allowing students to fit studying around busy work and home lives meant that it was an easy decision to make.

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

The Warwick Week’s are incredibly valuable, having the ability to meet the rest of your cohort in person, study together and build the relationships and expand your professional network is hugely important.

The careers service is also hugely valuable, there are a vast amount of resources at your disposal to help explore career development and it caters to everyone’s own personal circumstances. 

What is it like studying for an MBA?

It is very rewarding and interesting as it gives you exposure to a diverse range of subjects and knowledge. This also comes with its challenges, starting from scratch and learning about new concepts and trying to fit this studying around work and home life. However, working alongside the programme is also a positive as you are immediately able to put what you have learned into practice at work the next day.

Has the Leadership module had an impact on your leadership style? If so, in what way?

The leadership module has definitely had an impact on my leadership style and focus. The inclusion of sessions on responsible leadership and highlighting role models such as Paul Polman at Unilever. The idea that we, as business leaders, should act as stewards of the planet and its resources and take care of them for future generations is inspiring and resonated strongly with myself.

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

My advice would be to go for it, the MBA programme at Warwick is exciting, interesting and the people I have met are incredible. Yes, it is hard work, but at only 3 months in I can already tell it is going to be worth it.