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Many students come to an MBA from banking, consulting, or MNC backgrounds, but what about those that don’t? The Modern MBA podcast with Marie Kirwan and Kristen Rossi shares the stories of those transitioning from or using their MBAs in unorthodox MBA sectors including the arts, healthcare, not-for-profit, academia, and more.
 
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On today's Modern MBA podcast we talk to Fabian Cardozo, who took part in a competition during his MBA experience which ended up leading him to a whole new career. Fabian talks to us about the start-up he has founded and walks us through how he was able to obtain his entrepreneurship visa to work in the UK. Fabian's team offers consultancy for MBAs…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, we meet Alexandra Cairns, an Alliance Manchester class of 2020 graduate who will shortly be joining an MBA rotational program with a healthcare MNC. Alex tells us how she used her pre-MBA experience in the not for profit healthcare space to secure her new role and discusses some of the challenges of working in the sec…
 
In modern business it's impossible not to be worried about a cyber attack of some form. But how do you lower your chances of attack and what do you do if someone manages to get in your system and data? Evan Davis and guests discuss.GUESTSSian John, director, EMEA, cyber security strategy, Microsoft UKGeoff White, author, 'Crime Dot Com' and investi…
 
On today’s Modern MBA podcast we tackle the topic of doing an MBA later in life as well as the importance of digital transformation. Lee Rennick has more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and consultant, much of it in the not for profit space. She tells us how her MBA helped supplement the skills she gained from these roles and why anyone…
 
The second pandemic wave means UK businesses have to live with uncertainty for at least another six months. Those economic green shoots and the summer of 'eat out to help out ' seem a while back. So what are the implications for jobs and overall business viability in this climate? Difficult conversations are going on in boardrooms across the countr…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, we speak to Gladys Lim, Global Corporate Strategy Manager at Shiseido. Now an expat living in Tokyo, Gladys talks to us about why she chose to do an MBA, how the luxury goods industry is tackling the challenges of a digital age, and how she adapts her working and communication style for the Japanese corporate environm…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast we speak to Executive MBA student and Psychologist Michelle Williams. Michelle talks to us about finding her feet as an expat in the UK job market, career options for healthcare candidates, and balancing launching her own business with an executive MBA. The Black Bird Clinic About Us Many students come to an MBA from b…
 
On this edition of The Modern MBA podcast we talk to Jack Hayball, a freelance consultant who used his time on the course to discover his passion for The Future of Work. Jack talks to us about his role in the sector, how he got there from his pre-MBA hospitality career, and he talks us through his innovative approach to networking. About Us Many st…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, we explore the social impact sector with Ruchi Sankrit, current full time MBA student at WBS. Ruchi talks to us about how she is tailoring her MBA program to fit her interest in social enterprise, why the complexity of the industry is often not fully appreciated, and where MBAs might want to consider adjusting their a…
 
Today we are speaking with Freddy Bob-Jones. He has had a fascinating career, starting off in Economics with the UK's civil services fast stream programme. He then worked in Afghanistan, then PwC in Kenya and now is the Operational Director for Planned Parenthood in Kenya. He talks about the skills needed to succeed in the different sectors he has …
 
If you enjoyed your time at business school, why not consider staying on after your MBA? Today we explore career opportunities in the higher education sector. We talk to Wendy Coy, Director of Operations, Innovation Group at the University of Warwick, about her post-MBA career in HE, the opportunities it provided for her to explore different roles …
 
Today we're speaking to Amos Doornbos, Director of Strategy & Systems: Disaster Management at World Vision. He shares with us his experience working in Emergency Response and Disaster Management; how his MBA experience has complemented his role; and the challenges of digital transformation in the sector. Amos' profile About Us Many students come to…
 
Today’s Modern MBA podcast is another special edition with MBAGRADSCHOOLS.com We talk to current University of Miami student Tamara Johnson who was working as a technical fashion designer pre-MBA. Tamara fills us in on her experiences with her course, how she tackled the trickiest subjects, and her plans for after graduation MBAGRADSCHOOLS' links: …
 
Life Sciences series: Today’s podcast marks the start of our ‘Life Sciences’ series, where we talk to MBAs working in the science and healthcare industries. Today we speak with Jealemy Galindo, MBA alumni from IE and Head of Marketing at Creoptix. Jealemy tells us how she used her career in science academia to secure an exciting new commercial role…
 
On today's Modern MBA podcast, a special edition in collaboration with MBAGRADSCHOOLS.com, we speak to Olympic medalist and current University of Miami student Sam Dorman about his decision to leave professional sport for the business world. Sam talks to us about his plans for a career transition and why his sporting background has proven to be so …
 
The Black Lives Matter protests have prompted boardroom soul-searching about how to engage a more racially diverse workforce. Good intentions have been around for decades and have encouraged much talk about removing biases from mainly white corporate cultures. But this has still not led to the change people want. Hardly any large UK firms have blac…
 
....in the time of Coronavirus As part of our ...in the time of Coronavirus series (related articles can be found on our website), we speak with Christian Ostler about his experience doing an MBA during COVID-19. We discuss his experiences going from working at a large bank to a small non-profit and then to a start up with 3 people, and hear his th…
 
Has staying at home during lockdown made us think more about our travel habits? Are you less likely to want to get on a bus or a train to get to work or are you itching to get on the next available flight? And what about the business travel industry? Are companies realising tele-conferencing is now just as acceptable and a cheaper option than a bus…
 
Military to the Corporate World Today on The Modern MBA podcast we have the third episode in our Moving from the Military series. We talk to Phil Taneborne, WBS alumni and Regional General Manager for DHL. Phil tells us how he made the decision to leave the military and do an MBA, how potential employers saw his experience, and how he balances stud…
 
Zoom meetings and working from home. Two habits which office workers have picked up during the enforced lockdown. But will these behaviours habits stick?Some believe that if more of us choose to work from our spare rooms on a regular basis, this will have profound implications for offices, commuting, human interaction and productivity. Evan Davis a…
 
Military to the Corporate World Today we launch a new topic focusing on those who have come to an MBA from a military background. We talk to Trevor Guile, WBS MBA alumni and Senior Management Consultant at Deloitte. After spending almost 10 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, Trevor actually began his career switching process pre-MBA by joining Estee…
 
Evan Davis and guests ask if now is the time to exploit scientific research more effectively to help business recover from the coronavirus crash. The UK has traditionally been better at basic science research than its commercial exploitation - with examples ranging from computing to the discovery of graphene, where international companies have bene…
 
During the pandemic, businesses have faced severe tests, from supply chain shocks to fluctuations in consumer demand. How resilient are companies in dealing with the unknown? In recent years the focus has been on getting costs down, creating lean supply chains, and delivering returns to shareholders. But has that emphasis left supply chains insecur…
 
Family Businesses series. Today we continue our ‘Family Business’ series with Eduardo Caballero, Strategy, Planning and Development Manager at Petroland. He talks to us about what the negotiation and joining process look like for a family firm, about developing and adapting strategy in the time of COVID 19, and the benefits of turning a consultancy…
 
Family Businesses series Today we talk with Rashi Thakker, founder of House of Aroma and WBS MBA alumni. Rashi talks us through her experience working in her family business and using this as inspiration for setting up her own venture, as well as the highlights of her MBA experience. House of Aroma website House of Aroma on Instagram About Us Many …
 
Family Businesses series. Today in our ‘Family Businesses’ series, we talk to an MBA graduate who has taken a slightly different direction. Instead of using his MBA to transition from a family business to a corporate role, Gautam Nagarajan went in the other direction, leveraging his knowledge and skills gained on the course to move from a corporate…
 
What have you learned about yourself in lockdown? What is it you crave, what have you found you barely miss? Evan Davis and guests contemplate life after lockdown and changing consumer habits. A surge in the sale of bikes, toilet roll panic buying, and flour flying off the supermarket shelves. Will these consumer habits stick? Have we learned to va…
 
Family Businesses series Today we are launching our ‘Family Businesses’ series, where we speak to MBA students who have worked or are working in their family firms. We hear how Marco Trada, Head of Digital Stores and E-commerce: Mediterranean Region at Microsoft, transitioned from working in his family business to one of the world’s largest corpora…
 
Will Western economies and companies decouple from China? For decades, the world has relied on this rapidly emerging economy as its factory, producing everything from toilet rolls to iPhones. But post Covid-19, US trade wars and tensions with Hong Kong, is that all about to change? Evan Davis and guests discussGUESTSLiam Casey, CEO and founder, PCH…
 
How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change Series When making a career transition one of the hardest parts is articulating transferable skills and experiences in a way that communicates and reassures the potential employer that you can do the job. In our pod-cast launch series: How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change, we speak to 4 different MBA g…
 
How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change Series When making a career transition one of the hardest parts is articulating transferable skills and experiences in a way that communicates and reassures the potential employer that you can do the job. In our pod-cast launch series: How to tell your story to make the change, we speak to 4 different MBA g…
 
Should the government continue to bolster companies, large and small when lockdown is finally eased? If so what businesses do you choose to save and what are the criteria? Evan Davis and guests discuss.GUESTSMichael Jacobides, holder of the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business SchoolJulie Palmer, Regional Mana…
 
How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change Series When making a career transition one of the hardest parts is articulating transferable skills and experiences in a way that communicates and reassures the potential employer that you can do the job. In our pod-cast launch series: How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change, we speak to 4 different MBA g…
 
How to Tell Your Story to Make the Change Series When making a career transition one of the hardest parts is articulating transferable skills and experiences in a way that communicates and reassures the potential employer that you can do the job. In our pod-cast launch series: How to tell your story to make the change, we speak to 4 different MBA g…
 
Can new businesses survive without some form of hype or over-promotion? Or will consumer or investor disillusionment inevitably correct this? One recent example where hype came back to bite a company founder is that of the shared office space provider, WeWork. Its stock market valuation fell from $50bn to near bankruptcy over the course of a few we…
 
How will the infection affect commerce in the UK and around the world? Evan Davis and a panel of guests discuss what's happening to the economy and look at likely scenarios.Jennifer McKeown, Chief Global Economist, Capital Economics, Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Tim Power, MD of maritime and shipping container resear…
 
Is our working week due for major reform? Will a move to a four day week - as proposed by the Labour Party in its recent General Election manifesto - ever happen? From shorter hours to more flexibility in the workplace, what will the modern world of work be like in ten years time? Evan Davis and guests discuss the latest trends. Guests appearing on…
 
What are the pros and cons of running a business with your life partner and how do you keep the personal out of your professional life? Evan Davis and guests discuss.GUESTSSophie Mirman and Richard Ross, founders and owners, Trotters childrenswear and accessoriesClaire and Andy Burnet, founders and owners, Chococo artisan chocolatiersPeter Leach, a…
 
What are the rules when people have to lose their jobs? It's always a difficult situation - which is why it's often handled badly. Evan Davis and guests ask if there is a better way of doing it.GUESTSAngela O'Connor, Founder and CEO, The HR Lounge ConsultancySian Keall, Partner, Employment Law, Travers Smith LLPKate Griffiths-Lambeth, Group HR Dire…
 
Do business gurus really hold the secret to success? Peter Drucker, Michael Porter and Gary Hamel are some of those who've found fame and influence via best-selling business books. But can following their lead transform a company - or are they really just selling themselves? Evan Davis and guests assess the pros and cons of buying from the ideas me…
 
How should businesses deal with workplace quarrels? At a time when the nation seems increasingly divided and hot-tempered, is there a way to bring harmony among staff when there are differences of opinion and personality? Evan Davis and his guests explore what can go wrong and look for some possible solutions. In a very cooperative spirit, naturall…
 
The number of companies in 'financial distress' in the UK is on the rise. What's causing the problems and what exactly happens when a company goes into administration? Evan Davis and guests discuss.Guests:Julie Palmer, Insolvency practitioner, Begbies TraynorAndy Scott, Chairman, REL CapitalDr Rebecca Parry, Director, Centre for Business and Insolv…
 
How can business benefit from the popularity of vegetarian and vegan products in supermarkets and restaurants? One in eight of us identifies as vegetarian or vegan, but that's not enough to have boosted the market so significantly. So what is happening and is it sustainable? Evan Davis and guests discuss.GUESTSKevin Brennan, CEO Quorn Tommaso Chiab…
 
Will Facebook's launch of its own cryptocurrency be a game changer? What will this mean for established currencies and the global banking system? Evan Davis and guests discuss.GUESTSJutta Steiner, Chief Executive Officer, Parity TechnologiesDr. Catherine Mulligan, Chief Technology Officer of Gov Tech Labs and Data Net at University College, London …
 
How can the aviation industry marry sustainability with increasing passenger numbers? Since the deregulation of Europe's airlines in the late 1990s, more and more of us have been flying every year. Whilst this may be good news for the airline industry, it's not good news for the environment. Manufacturers are trying to make models lighter and more …
 
What can we learn from how one medical start-up fooled Silicon Valley and the world? Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start Theranos. She promised investors and the public a revolutionary blood diagnosis machine which would be less painful, accessible and affordable than ordinary lab tests. She managed to raise $9 billio…
 
You trust financial professionals to grow your long term savings and pension pot. But how do you know if they are investing it wisely? The UK investment industry is awash with complicated terms and conditions, and unclear and sometimes high charges, which can eat into your monetary returns. The woes of star fund manager Neil Woodford, who has tempo…
 
Poundland, Lidl, B&M Bargains and Primark are thriving successes on the High Street, while more mainstream retailers have seen their profits hit. Just how do the discounters keep their prices so low? Keeping the business model simple, supply chains lean and costs down are key parts of the story.Guests:Barry Williams, Managing Director of PoundlandS…
 
Can a sudden change in direction save a new company? Evan Davis and his guests hear stories about the start-up's nightmare: the original product is not selling, and cash is running out. Can changing focus - with a new service or product - pluck success from the jaws of doom? Speaking to entrepreneurs and experts, he learns about how in a range of s…
 
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