Pamela Mitchell, Full-Time MBA participant, joined the programme with a corporate background in marketing specifically for Walmart and Uber. She chose the Copenhagen MBA to gain a “360 degree view of business” and to kick-start her career abroad. She has enjoyed developing as a leader through the Leadership Discovery Process.
What was your reason(s) for pursuing an MBA?
My professional career has always been focused on Marketing, and I was at a moment where I wanted to cover the basics again and gain a knowledge toolbox that would give a 360-degree view of the business. I believe that the Copenhagen MBA was the perfect next-step for my professional and personal life. I took this opportunity as a personal challenge by moving to Denmark and kick-starting my career abroad.
What advice would you give to someone considering an MBA?
My advice to MBA seekers is to know what you want out of your MBA, and to make sure that you are ready to commit to the year-long journey. You have to ask yourself what the end goal is because there are ups and downs throughout the year, and at some point you might question if it was a good decision to take a year off from your professional life. It’s helpful to return to the intentions you set when the journey becomes challenging.
How has the Leadership Discovery Process been an impactful aspect of the Copenhagen MBA?
I’ve really liked the Leadership Discovery Process. Through this module we have developed an understanding of our own awareness as leaders. For example, there is a difference between leading and managing and we can confuse the action and the role to mean the same thing. You don’t need to be a manager or executive to be a leader and vice versa. In the Leadership Discovery Process, we learned methods to check in with ourselves to ensure that we are well, both physically and mentally, so we can do our best to manage and work with others effectively. The truth is that you are not always going to feel 100% and that is okay, but you need to be self-aware.
What surprised you about your cohort?
The unique situation of being in such a diverse class, we had 13 different nationalities among our cohort, has been so eye-opening. You get such a broad range of perspectives with varied ages, professional backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, and personal differences. It is a special setting and one not to be taken for granted.
How has the Careers Course been helpful for you?
The careers course has been helpful because it runs throughout the year and helps you keep your post-MBA plans in sight. We have completed online modules, workshops, one-to-one coaching sessions, company engagement events, and various networking sessions. My goal has been to secure a role in Denmark post-MBA so the careers team guided me in building my resume and cover letter to fit the Danish standard. Also, they’ve provided strategies on how to enter the Danish market; networking is a vital ingredient.
Through the Copenhagen MBA, participants gain an internationally recognised qualification that is respected across the globe. But more than that, they gain critical insight into the admired Scandinavian business model – a model that prides itself on its ethical decision making, social responsibility and green agenda. If you would like learn more about the Full-Time MBA (a.k.a The Copenhagen MBA): Click here to download the brochure.