Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Prema Joysuree, and I come from Mauritius. I am married with two children, aged 11 and 16. My passion for travel and socialising has allowed me to connect with diverse individuals. With over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, I hold a professional qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and I am currently a fellow member.
What first attracted you to Warwick Business School? Why did you ultimately choose Warwick Business School for your MBA?
In my pursuit of an MBA programme that could reinvigorate my career, either through leadership opportunities or by enabling me to establish my own firm, I considered universities offering Online MBA programmes, as the demands of parenthood precluded me from a Full-time MBA.
During my research, I discovered Warwick Business School's Global Online MBA. The website provided comprehensive information about course details, fees, and duration, and what particularly stood out was its consecutive ranking as the top online programme for two years running. This was a compelling factor that led me to choose Warwick Business School (WBS). Additionally, the promising career prospects associated with the School were equally enticing.
What elements of the programme do you value the most and why?
Within the MBA programme, I highly value the specific modules that align with my career objectives, such as Strategic Advantage, Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Value Creation. The opportunity to interact with a diverse cohort of students and to potentially engage in international trips enhances the overall experience.
What is it like studying for an MBA?
Studying for an MBA is akin to navigating a rollercoaster ride, expertly balancing the demands of work, family, and coursework. It's an intensive and challenging journey that involves a dynamic mix of coursework, group projects, case studies, and practical consulting experiences. This experience fosters essential skills like time management and collaboration while broadening one's understanding of the business landscape. Ultimately, it is a rewarding endeavour that reshapes one's perspective on both professional and personal aspects of life.
Tell us about the community at Warwick Business School.
The WBS community, particularly the London cohort, is a close-knit and supportive group. I have developed strong friendships with several cohort members. Engaging with this community offers invaluable networking opportunities, mentorship, and a genuine sense of belonging.
What kind of support have you received from the CareersPlus team? How has it helped you?
I had the privilege of consulting with a career counsellor during a challenging career transition. Her attentive guidance and valuable advice proved instrumental in navigating the situation.
Additionally, scheduled meetings with the CareersPlus team provided insights into interview techniques and a comprehensive understanding of market trends and job market dynamics.
Can you tell us about your career plans? What’s next for you?
My career aspirations involve either assuming leadership roles within an organisation or venturing into entrepreneurship by establishing my own business.
What did you hope to get out of our programme? What have you got so far?
My expectations from the programme centred on refining my strategic and leadership skills. Thus far, I have achieved this goal, and with each upcoming module, my skill set continues to grow.
How do you find the work/life balance?
Balancing the demands of an MBA programme with personal life can be demanding. However, effective time management, setting priorities, and making occasional sacrifices are essential strategies. Dedication and a clear focus on the end goal allow for a harmonious balance between MBA studies, professional commitments, and self-care.
Do you have any advice for anyone currently thinking about studying for an MBA?
My advice to those contemplating an MBA is simple: do not delay your progress any further. Embrace the journey, savour the thrills it offers, and know that the experience is unequivocally worth every moment invested.