Nazia Ali
Lead Optic Designer Automotive
Global Online MBA (2023 - 2025)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am an Optical Engineer with extensive experience in Automotive and Aerospace industries. My background includes a graduate degree in Optics and Photonics, and a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. My recent role as a Product Lead Designer sparked my interest in leadership, where my technical expertise, team-oriented approach, and effective decision-making skills shine. Outside of work, I'm an avid acrylic and oil painter, and I have a passion for travel.  I'm an energetic, creative, and ambitious professional and I'm excited to pursue management and leadership roles as the next chapter in my career.

What first attracted you to Warwick Business School?

I was initially drawn to Warwick Business School (WBS) due to its strong reputation in the field of business education. The school is known for its commitment to academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, and a diverse and globally oriented student body. Additionally, the flexibility offered by the Global Online MBA programme was particularly appealing to me as it allowed me to pursue my MBA while continuing to work full-time.

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

Ultimately, I chose WBS for my MBA because of the school's strong emphasis on the real-world application of business knowledge, its global perspective, and the convenience of the online format. The programme's reputation for producing successful business leaders and its extensive alumni network were also important factors in my decision.

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

I highly value the flexibility of the programme, which allows me to balance my studies with my professional and personal commitments. Additionally, the diverse cohort of students from different industries and backgrounds has been invaluable in terms of networking and gaining diverse perspectives. The programme's focus on practical, real-world modules has also been a highlight, as it directly contributes to my professional growth.

What is it like studying for an MBA?

Studying for an MBA is both challenging and rewarding. It involves a significant time commitment and requires dedication, but it also provides opportunities to learn from experienced faculty, collaborate with peers, and apply theoretical knowledge to real-world business problems. It's a transformative experience that equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel in your career.

Tell us about the community at Warwick Business School. 

The community at WBS, including my cohort and the wider global community, is highly supportive and diverse. The cohort is a close-knit group where we learn from each other's experiences, and the global community extends opportunities for networking and collaboration with professionals from around the world. This sense of community enhances the overall learning experience.

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

The CareersPlus team at WBS has provided valuable guidance in terms of career development, including resume reviews, interview preparation, and access to job postings. Their support has been instrumental in helping me identify my career goals and navigate job opportunities.

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

My career plans include seeking leadership positions in my current industry, and leveraging the skills and knowledge gained during my MBA to drive innovation and growth within my organisation. Ultimately, I aspire to take on a more strategic role within the company.

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

I hoped to gain a deeper understanding of business concepts, develop leadership skills, expand my professional network, and position myself for career advancement. So far, I have achieved all of these goals. The programme has exceeded my expectations in terms of the quality of education and the opportunities it has provided.

How do you find the work/life balance?

Managing the work/life balance during an MBA programme can be challenging, but it's possible with careful planning and time management. Setting clear priorities and maintaining a support system is key. The flexibility of the Global Online MBA programme has been helpful in this regard, allowing me to fit my studies around my existing commitments.

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

My advice for anyone considering an MBA is to thoroughly research programmes to find one that aligns with your career goals and lifestyle. Be prepared for a demanding but rewarding journey, and make the most of the resources, networking opportunities, and support available through your chosen program. Finally, remember that an MBA is an investment in your future, so commit to it wholeheartedly.