I trust you’re all having a swell weekend. I’m back from the countyside having enjoyed the hospitality of Egerton University, the bricks-and-mortar legacy of the late Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, England. The training was excellent and the time away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi refreshing.
On my way back – the drive was 78kms back to Nairobi – I had some time to reflect on what value addition I have received from undertaking the Leicester MBA on distance learning mode.
- The gap I have felt as a manager with an ICT background has finally been bridged. I had always felt deficient in the greater aspects of the managerial role concerning personnel management, budgets and forecasting, marketing & advertising, performance contracting and evaluation, procurement and logistics, to name but a few. The Leicester MBA has filled these gaps and more, perhaps largely due to the specific module cluster along related knowledge areas too.
- The distance learning mode has given me the flexibility to undertake my studies ‘remotely’ so to speak. Owing to the significant amount of travel my current job role has evolved into, I have not experience any significant interruption to my study programme and progress along the course. So long as I have a laptop, flash drive and internet modem, I am ready to go!
- The global focus of the Leicester MBA has helped me appreciate the breadth of understanding of national, regional and international challenges facing the organisation in which I work. In addition, I have found it easier to fit in quickly into dynamic personal, professional and intellectual environments using the skill sets I have gained through my studies on the MBA programme. This has led to various speaking engagements in diverse professional forums, a stint in professional writing (still a work in progress) as well as invites to speak as an alumnus at my alma mater.
Despite the obvious challenges in balancing a busy work schedule with academic demands, I have no regrets!!!