Fred Hopkinson
Full-time MBA (2022 - 2023)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a 38 year old man that has recently married and had a little boy with my wife during COVID. This has caused a paradigm shift in my outlook from bachelor to father and the responsibility has brought me to a Full-time MBA at Warwick Business School.

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

I had not been educated properly for 20 years and to start learning again has been great in itself but the teaching has blown me away. To be taught by the people that created the subject is inspiring.

What is it like studying for an MBA?

It is exhausting, scary and frustrating bundled up and wrapped in academia, fun and rewarding experiences!

Tell us about the community at Warwick Business School.

The spirit of the school is to create a community within the year group, although I haven't been able to get as involved with befriending the rest of the year because I return to my wife and child every second of the time when I am not learning.

Have you taken part in a project for an external organisation?

I conducted a Strategic Consultancy Project in the LeadershipPlus module with my syndicate group, and this was a wonderful preparation for the dissertation and examples for future employers for my CV.

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

The leadership module worried me as having led men in combat, my style of leadership was not referred to for a long time through the course. When it was finally mentioned it was extremely reassuring as it proved to be a modern and innovative style of leadership. David Marquet’s ‘Turn this ship around!’ is the keystone to my style and with further reading I discovered some more literature on the subject and so I was not only reassured but also proud of my approach to leadership. Without this module, I would not have found this justification and vindication of my style and translating this approach to the workplace was fundamental. Without the module it would have been considerably harder.

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

My intention is to buy a business straight after the course and use the skills that I have learnt to run and grow it.

What did you hope to get out of our programme? What have you actually got?

Before the programme I was intending to go into a conventional consulting job or for the programme to give me options in the job market that I wouldn’t have had before. With the education I received I felt that it set me up with a skill set that would prepare me for being a CEO of a small business and the autonomy and lifestyle would suit my aspirations.

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

In my opinion, the Full-time MBA does not just prepare one for becoming a consultant. It gives the skills for any individual to do a variety of careers and to a very high level. If you're willing to invest time in the course, having an MBA on your CV will accelerate one’s career progression. It also grows one’s global network which is fun while this happens. Given the opportunity, it is a must!