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  • We all study to finally get a job. However the interview process for a job is a stringent process. Each of us prepare for it with the help of seniors, teachers, extra career counselling etc.Here i have listed some of the common myths which were broken during my placement process. Read it and Hope it helps you in your placement process Read More

  • Exam season is now well and truly under way for all of the MBAs in Smurfit. On the Exec MBA we had four modules this semester, but, as Organisational Behaviour & Decision Making was 100% continuous assessment in the form of two major assignments, we have just three exams ahead of us. These finish up [...] Read More

  • On Friday December 5th, we saw the MBA Classes of 2014 receive their well-deserved graduation awards at the conferring ceremony in UCD O’Reilly Hall. Following this, on Saturday December 6th, we attended the Smurfit MBA Graduation Ball 2014. The ball was organised by the graduates and took place in The Morrison Hotel, Dublin. One of [...] Read More

  • Last Friday 5th December saw the graduation of the MBA classes of 2014 at a very pleasant conferring ceremony in the O’Reilly Hall in Belfield.  As ever it was a privilege to see those MBA participants who had worked so long and hard finally achieve their aim of being a graduate of the programme. After [...] Read More

  • It is with great pleasure that I share this behind-the-scenes look at Elegance Décor and the founders, who are 3 the most creative minds in the wedding and event décor business. Both my wife and I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign with them and since then we have shared many great times together with this family. We were also fortunate ... Read More

  • Well here we are in December. Where has the time gone? It seems like it was only yesterday that I was walking into orientation wondering what exactly I had gotten myself into. Now I have fully immersed myself in the Full time MBA and the opportunities that come with it. The most fun I have [...] Read More

  • Widen your horizons

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on December 5, 2014

    When I took the decision to leave a stable and secure job, to devote one full year to my MBA journey at Smurfit Business School, I never thought that it would have such a life-changing impact. I think all my classmates would be echoing the same feelings. Though we used to have quite a versatile [...] Read More

  • Top 10 MBA insights

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on December 3, 2014

    It’s good to be busy! Time management is over-rated. Coffee is your friend. The MBA room has no windows for a reason. Jiggery pokery is frowned upon. If you haven’t read the case study, read the case study. If you have read the case study, speak jiggery pokery authoritatively. The early bird catches the worm…but [...] Read More

  • A glass one-quarter full or three-quarters empty?  I argue my MBA study is a now a quarter of the way. I wanted to use this blog as an opportunity to reflect on where I am, what I have learned – as quite frankly I have not had the chance to do so since the beginning [...] Read More

  • Thanksgiving

    by Two Years at HBS on November 27, 2014

    It’s Thanksgiving Day today. At this time last year I was in NYC, watching the rambunctious and animated Macy’s parade from an unbelievably crowded sidewalk on Broadway. In sharp contrast, this year I’m staying here in Boston and spending a serene, peaceful day. Most of my fellow HBS students left a couple of days ago to spend the holiday in their ... Read More

  • Last night I was fortunate enough to be a participant on a panel discussion with regards to the MBA for prospective students. I am in my second year of the mid week EMBA. It is the first time that I participated, last year I was too worried about my exams to give the time. However, [...] Read More

  • Ask any of the Year 1 Executive MBA students this week what it as the forefront of their minds and most of them are likely to respond with an answer relating to the pairs project on the Organisational Behaviour (OB) module of the programme! That will be the case anyway for the weekend EMBAs, who [...] Read More

  • The last two weeks have been filled with quite a few group projects, papers and a lot of really interesting speakers:Lars Dalgaard (Founder and CEO of SuccessFactors)John Morgridge (CEO Cisco)John Pendergast (Human Rights Activist)This blog post is dedicated to a young woman that has one of the most widely viewed TED Talks worldwide: Hyeonseo LeeHyeonseo ... Read More

  • Where does the time go? Seriously… Forgive me for the late post! The Charity Club decided to kick off the first event accordingly after our Financial Reporting Exam on October 23rd to support two special charities: BizWorld IE and Aid for Sierra Leone. After a challenging morning, a majority of the class and some alumni [...] Read More

  • I just stumbled across Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management, and I am both shocked and smiling. His outlook is incredible! After just hearing him say a few things I immediately opened a Word doc to start taking notes because it was clear it was worth remembering what this happy soul had to say.

    Here are ... Read More

  • The only thing I ever knew about spreadsheets was how to spell it. And if I typed in a hurry, there was a fairly good chance I’d get it wrong. Coming from a journalism background, the thoughts of studying financial modules brought me out in a cold sweat. I didn’t know my EBIDATA from my [...] Read More

  • I was never much good at maths. Richard Mitchell’s mathematical blog dated October 1st inspired both my awe and a nervous skin rash. I wonder whether the labels that are slapped on you at primary school (‘satisfactory’ or ‘could improve in this area’) accompany you like an imaginary friend into adulthood. A duplicitous buddy always [...] Read More

  • “Make in India” is an international marketing campaigning slogan coined by the Prime Minister of India.  With the aim to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development and protect intellectual property, the campaign aims to build a best in class infrastructure to make india a global manufacturing hub. Post release,  this ... Read More

  • You hear a lot about measurement when you sign up to do an MBA. ‘You get what you measure’ and we’ve been learning how to measure performance, variations from expected outcomes, and the strategies we can use to plan and then measure a company’s success. I was lucky enough to be in attendance at a [...] Read More

  • Undertaking an MBA programme is a significant decision to make. So when you understand that it is your real desire, try to research your choice of programme and business school as thoroughly as possible. In this post I will outline some of the facts which require attention, such as the international accreditation, continuous presence in [...] Read More

  • Baby Alex contemplating his future with an MBA It has been an eventful few months. In August I finished up work and moved house to Dublin. This was the same month that I started the Full Time MBA programme and became fully immersed in the course. With the workload of the MBA my time management [...] Read More

  • Learning coding

    by Two Years at HBS on November 5, 2014

    Boston had its first snow this week –  about two weeks earlier than last year. Last year’s snow taught me an important lesson: don’t underestimate the fierceness of a New England winter. We will soon have to bundle up in bulky coats, gloves and scarves if we are to venture outdoors to see the Charles in all its frozen, snow covered glory.

    As ... Read More

  • So we have arrived at the mid-term ‘break’ following our first eight weeks of the MBA programme. I use the term break loosely as it really isn’t so much a break and is more like some breathing space, extra wiggle room or a chance to come up for air. I feel like the boxer who [...] Read More

  • When I first started working with Médecins Sans Frontières and was asked how willing I was to travel, I said I’d go anywhere so long as there were no snakes. Of course, within a few months I found myself shrieking and waking the entire compound in a remote South Sudanese village having brushed my bare [...] Read More

  • In week six of our Organisational Behaviour & Decision Making module we explored some of the concepts behind work groups and teams with Dr Paul McGrath. We looked at Gersick’s punctuated equilibrium model, Belbin’s team roles and how group cohesiveness influences performance. One of the key takeaway messages was that while many organisations ... Read More

  • It’s only one month (and a half) ago that I’ve left Italy? It’s the 10th of October and so many things has yet happened that it seems to me that one year has passed.  My work and my usual life in Italy are so far now because since the first day of the Immersion week, [...] Read More

  • Going Charles River

    by Two Years at HBS on October 27, 2014

    Do you know the top 3 most popular sports in Boston?  Baseball (Red Sox), ice hockey, and regatta. Last week, there was a famous regatta competition named Head of the Charles and the street along the Charles River was wall-to-wall with a gallery comprised of people from all over the U.S.

    First held in 1965, Head of the Charles is the world’s largest ... Read More

  • To MBA or not MBA

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 27, 2014

    Filling in the application form in March, April and May (yes that’s right 3 months to finalise the initial submission) I feel demonstrates the fine art of procrastination I had mastered over the years. Fast forward to today, 6 weeks of lectures under my belt and those precious lazy Sunday afternoons lying on the sofa [...] Read More

  • As we drove across the country, the miles started to get to me.  The junk food and long drives made me feel nauseated and exhausted.  Once we arrived in Utah, we left the kids with Grandma Steele and unpacked for a couple days.  I still felt off--nauseated and tired.I reluctantly decided to take a pregnancy test--I say reluctant because ... Read More

  • To celebrate ‘International Day of the Girl’ on 11th October, Plan Ireland held its Because I am a Girl Ball in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to educate girls across the developing world. To do this, Plan International identify the key barriers to [...] Read More

  • Our journey of 1 year Full-time MBA has already got into full swing. Though, there have been numerous learning opportunities during the last one and a half month, experience of working in teams (formally known as study groups) has been the most enriching. This has enhanced our learning curve exponentially. Collectively working on various assignments, ... Read More

  • Iceland

    by Two Years at HBS on October 23, 2014

    This week is a week dedicated to recruiting for ECs and job interviews are underway. As I am not partaking of the recruiting opportunity, this is a vacation week for me. Off to Iceland! Taking a relatively short, direct flight of 5 hours, Iceland is one of the most popular short-trip destinations for HBS students.

    Last year’s BGIE course totally ... Read More

  • We are now half way through semester 1, or a quarter of the way through year one, or an eighth of the way through the MBA. It doesn’t matter how you put it, it’s all the same. Some of us focus on the big picture while others are taking one day at a time. When [...] Read More

  • Dayton's birthday was a blast.  I'll let the pictures do the talking. His request for birthday breakfast was...oatmeal?!? So we added sprinkles. 1st time rollerblading. It's harder than it looks. Bean Museum at BYU. Free and Fabulous."Charlotte" the friendly tarantula Making friends with CharlotteBirthday Dinner at the park. ... Read More

  • A lot done, more to do. No, I am not resurrecting a Fianna Fail tag line, I am summing up my first 6 weeks of the EMBA. It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago I was flicking through the glossy course prospectus. Smiling faces and glowing testimonials expounded the virtues of the [...] Read More

  • This week sees an international module taking place in UCD Smurfit as part of the Global Network in Advanced Management immersion week which is taking place this month in a number of international partner schools.  Currently 14 members of the Full-time MBA class are abroad undertaking modules variously in Yale, IE Business School in Spain, [...] Read More

  • I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see (Amazing Grace, John Newton 1725-1807). This is how it feels after six weeks of the E-MBA programme. The fog of confusion in which I have lived for the last few years is starting to clear. What makes a company stand out [...] Read More

  • Two months?? How has it only been two months since Kirk started the MBA program?  Each day has been so full that it feels like we should be much father along than just a couple months.  It's a blessing in disguise (if you look past the dirty dishes and piles of laundry) to be so busy.  It has left zero time for boredom and loneliness.Perhaps ... Read More

  • The MBA Charity Club have organised their first event of the year which is to be a table quiz held in the Dark Horse on Carysfort Avenue.  The aim is to raise funds to support a Bizworld event, Bizworld Ireland is a group of educators and business people who have come together to inspire and [...] Read More

  • I have five friends

    by From PA to the World on October 12, 2014

    First of all sorry for taking so long to write another post. In between London, Miami, Rwanda and Palo Alto I somehow didn't find the time to sit down, come up with a decent topic and put it into words. Thanks to all of you out there who asked when I will post a new article. It feels good to know that the stuff is being read.But hey, I found a topic ... Read More

  • Dr Michael Smurfit arrived into the Laurence Crowley boardroom in Smurfit College on Tuesday Sept 30th where the noise filled room of curious MBA and business students immediately fell into a quiet hush. He took his seat next to the Dean and then opened with a self deprecating ice breaker apologising for the inadequacy of [...] Read More

  • The last few weeks have been interesting. It feels like yesterday, when we all gathered around the main hall of the Smurfit business school on the first day of induction. Each person starting the MBA walked around trying to get to know the person standing next to them. In my case, the enormity of what [...] Read More

  • Sumeet and I competed in an Indian dance competition many years ago back when I was on the Illini Raas Team and he was on Berkeley’s Raas Team. Fortunately, my team won that night – his placed 3rd. Although his dancing may not have been up to par (kidding of course), I can’t say the same about his knack for business. Sumeet has started ... Read More

  • Readers of this blog may recall we mentioned a lot of refurbisment and building work going on on campus over the summer.  The refurbished Common Room a favourite haunt of students re-opened a short while ago and is more popular than ever, especially the flat screens which can be used for group work and presentation [...] Read More

  • Lazy weekends, Saturday afternoons filled with sporting drama, the World Cup, drinks with friends – we’re just a month into Year 2 of the EMBA and all of the above seem like distant memories. You know what? I hardly miss them. There’s something invigorating about meeting up with classmates after a few months apart, re-living [...] Read More

  • In The Economist of 19th November 1955 Cyril Northcote Parkinson published for the first time the famous law which bears his name. From the everyday observation that work expands to fill the time allocated, he was able to prove that x = (2k^m+p)/n. Where k is the number of staff seeking promotion through the appointment [...] Read More