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    Bo-Kaap South Africa is the country that I have always dreamed to visit once in my life. One year ago, I still questioned if I would ever have a chance to be there. One year later, I found myself sitting on the deck of The Water Front, in the centre of Cape Town, enjoying the bright sunshine and fresh breeze. Like a dream. I got this wonderful ... Read More

  • In advance of the MBA International Study Tour, we had to vote for two out of three destinations. Among the three options – UAE & India, South Africa and Vietnam, most people selected the first two. As a Vietnamese student, it was a sad result for me (though I did not vote for my home country because we were encouraged to choose another place ... Read More

  • Throughout ancient India, teachers have been respected a lot. Some of the teachers have produced some great students. According to me a teacherBuilds self awareness, unleashes inner potential and gives contents of things when it is rightShould have Right intent compared to right contentHas the ability to create "creators" and "destroyers"But our education ... Read More

  • bschool talkies

    So, what does a Statement of Purpose mean? While there is no thumb rule for what a proper statement of purpose should look like, there are definitely certain Key points which you don’t want to miss out on when writing your SOP.  I’ll share what I have often seen in some great Statements of Purpose and anything on these lines ... Read More

  • TOEFL scores arrived

    by barcelonaMBA on April 21, 2016

    The next hurdle is taken – the TOEFL is out of the way.

    Here’s my score:

    Reading: 30 Listening: 28 Speaking: 27 Writing: 26

    Total: 111

    Below is a chart with the corresponding percentile ranks:

    Total Scale Score Percentile Rank

    120 100

    116 99

    112 97

    108 93

    104 88

    100 81

    96 74

    92 67

    88 59

    84 51

    80 44

    76 37

    72 31

    68 25

    64 20

    60 16

    56 13

    52 10

    48 8

    44 6

    40 4

    36 3

    32 2

    28 1

    24 1

    20 —

    16 —

    12 —

    8 —

    4 —

    0 —

    So ... Read More

  • Win up to €17,250 towards a Full-Time or Executive MBA at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

    IMAGE Magazine, in association with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is offering one female candidate a scholarship covering 50% of fees (upper value €17,250) for the Full-Time or Executive MBA programme starting end August 2016.

    Selection ... Read More

  • As part of a marketing assignment, we were asked whether brands are living entities. The question by itself suggested an answer. It is fantastic to perceive brands as living entities with unique characters. Brands have the ability to communicate, carry reputation, earn loyalty and become friends for life.

    Have you ever heard brands talk to you? For ... Read More

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    Last weekend the UCD Smurfit School Rugby Club travelled to Danville, Virginia in the United States to participate in the MBA Rugby World Cup in pursuit of our 12th title since 1999. The men’s team took home the shield, finishing in 3rd place as did the women’s team. This was a great reward for all of the hard work that has been ... Read More

  • My grandma’s hands

    by Plan MBA on April 17, 2016

    My most distinct and tactile memories of my grandma all involve her hands. She had strong hands that wrung out dishrags and mops until they were completely dry. Her nails were so thick and beautiful they stood up to that same dish and mop water and rarely broke.

    Whenever she hugged me or squeezed my hand – even when she was in her early 90s – it ... Read More

  • The first MBA Golf Society (MBAGS) event of 2016 has finally come and gone and it’s surely one for the history books! Not really. But, it was great fun. With our original first event at Luttrellstown cancelled due to snow in March, we kicked off the year at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on the 8th of April. The forecast was rain but that wouldn’t stop ... Read More

  • As I near the end of Semester Two of my first year I have reflected on my experience so far. I thought I’d write a post which, had I read one year ago, would have given me a real insight into what was in store for me when I was considering the MBA Programme at Smurfit Business School. So here it goes………

    Semester and Grading Structure – so ... Read More

  • WMBA Lunch over the weekend Looking around our current MBA classes, we see a group that is mainly male dominated. Recognising the power of the women in our MBA classes, we recently set up a Women of the MBA group to connect both current students and alumni with one another, to create a community, to network and to have fun!

    The issue of gender bias ... Read More

  • It depends. Most Leaders are bred in the crucible of life – not in a business school. If you are pursuing your MBA right now, ask yourself this.

    Are you just another MBA in the job market, or are you a  Leader?  A game changer? 

    Every morning I walk into  an office full of MBAs from top schools across the world, but only a handful of ... Read More

  • Lucky TOEFL

    by barcelonaMBA on April 4, 2016

    Wow. That was close. But let’s start at the beginning.

    You must know, that IESE waived my TOEFL requirement. I got accepted without ever having to take an English language test such as the TOEFL or the IELTS. The fact that I worked for four years on cargo and passenger ships, where the working language is English only, was sufficient to ... Read More

  • As an Exec MBA, it’s quite a decision to go on the international study tour. Between expense, college workload, work commitments, annual leave and further time away from general joy, it’s easy to see why my classmates found the decision less than straight forward. As one put it: “it’s a bit of a hard sell to the wife, to trek off to South Africa ... Read More

  • Welcome package arrived

    by barcelonaMBA on March 26, 2016

     

    A few days ago my IESE welcome pack arrived!

    There is a blue shirt, a to do list, fridge magnets and a branded pencil case. The shirt fits fine and wearing it for the first time was a great feeling – after all, a lot of work went into getting this shirt. It’s nice to see things getting real.

    IESE welcome package Read More

  • "...then God would send you someone."*This is, by far, the most frustrating thing that people have ever said to me, to anyone else, or even to themselves.I can only assume that it comes from Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." But if you interpret this verse as "be content in Jesus and he will ... Read More

  • Incoming Scholarships

    by barcelonaMBA on March 16, 2016

    The effort starts to pay off. I recently received the notification, that I have been awarded with two scholarships. One of them really makes an impact, the other one is basically for the CV. Both of them are connected to E-Fellows.net, a career website that I joined when I started my MBA research.

    IESE E-Fellows.net Scholarship – 10.000 ... Read More

  • This article was orginally published on HBSAccept.com

    Your first task is to define what you are looking for in your MBA, where you see yourself afterwards and how much effort you are willing to put into the program. Before you even start to look at schools, you should ask yourself the following questions:

    Do you want to study abroad or would you ... Read More

  • On Tuesday, the Smurfit Social Outreach Society welcomed Bizworld, a local charitable foundation, to our campus in Blackrock for a Primary School Showcase. Our guests included 35 sixth class children as well as teachers from three local schools (Our Lady’s Grove, Goatstown; Scoil Mhuire, Shankill; Harold Boys NS, Dalkey), BizWorld staff including ... Read More

  • The Executive MBA is the perfect ‘next step’ if you wish to develop your business acumen, leadership and management skills to enable you to move to the next level.  It is also an ideal spring-board if you are considering a career change.

    You will benefit both personally and professionally.  You will bring new ideas and fresh thinking back to ... Read More

  • ได้ฤกษ์มาต่อซะทีหลังจากหายไปนาน ถูกจิกมาเขียนอีกรอบเนื่องจากเพื่อนจะไปไอซ์แลนด์อยู่สองสามวันนี้แล้ว 55

    Day 9 : Back to Reykjavík เนื่องจากฮีทเตอร์ในรถทำงานแบบผีเข้าผีออก ... Read More

  • 6 weeks down Hilary and I am convinced why they call it Hell-ary. The term is a constant assault on the senses. As I write this post, my planner stares at me with reminders of  9 assignments that turn in the next four weeks. No longer can I use stunts from my undergrad days where I dunk in copious amount of caffeine a night before the deadline to ... Read More

  • As a dedicated MBA applicant it is quite normal to apply to several schools at once. The risk of being rejected and remaining empty handed is just too high to only send your application to one school.

    Consequently it is possible that you find yourself with more than one admission offer on the table. And even if you’d like to attend all the schools ... Read More

  • Having played rugby for many years, I knew I wanted to continue during the year I was taking off work for my MBA. Spare time is precious and I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to a new club. When looking at different schools to attend, other than being the top-ranked school in Ireland, the Smurfit MBA programme stood out because of its fantastic ... Read More

  • Having played rugby for many years, I knew I wanted to continue during the year I was taking off work for my MBA. Spare time is precious and I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to a new club. When looking at different schools to attend, other than being the top-ranked school in Ireland, the Smurfit MBA programme stood out because of its fantastic ... Read More

  • Potluck!

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on February 22, 2016

    It’s the middle of winter here in Ireland, there was snow in the Wicklow Mountains last weekend and we are four weeks into the second semester of our MBA. Perfect timing for a class event!  Brining a bit of American influence, a class potluck was organized. It was a great break away from the hectic schedule of our core courses, varying electives ... Read More

  • Potluck!

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on February 22, 2016

    It’s the middle of winter here in Ireland, there was snow in the Wicklow Mountains last weekend and we are four weeks into the second semester of our MBA. Perfect timing for a class event!  Brining a bit of American influence, a class potluck was organized. It was a great break away from the hectic schedule of our core courses, varying electives ... Read More

  • The choice has been made! I will attend the IESE Class of 2018 and spend the next two years on the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi Campus in Barcelona.

    I am super excited to start this chapter of my life. It will surely be a transforming experience.

    Since the school decision is history, I can finally concentrate on the administrative things that are coming ... Read More

  • IESE or ESADE?

    by barcelonaMBA on February 19, 2016

    A few days ago I received my IESE admission e-mail and am now in the fortunate position to choose between the two schools I applied to: IESE and ESADE.

    I am reading anything I can find on those two schools and am trying to make an educated decision. However, I find that both schools have their individual pros and cons and have to figure out how to ... Read More

  • As a marketer, I have to learn how to tell an exciting, relevant, and believable story about the products, the brands and of course, the companies. As a person, I am a keen listener. Through stories, I learn not only the tellers’ interests, perspectives and experience in life but also a tonne of random facts – all of which are equally interesting ... Read More

  • As a marketer, I have to learn how to tell an exciting, relevant, and believable story about the products, the brands and of course, the companies. As a person, I am a keen listener. Through stories, I learn not only the tellers’ interests, perspectives and experience in life but also a tonne of random facts – all of which are equally interesting ... Read More

  • Smart.ly

    by barcelonaMBA on February 16, 2016

    Smart.ly is my main pre-MBA preparation course. It uses a new educational technology that aims to make learning dramatically faster and more effective with highly interactive lessons conceived for the smartphone era.

    The so called “Smart.ly MBA” covers a full curriculum ranging from MBA Fundamentals to a selection of individual topics.

    The ... Read More

  • The word ‘’Toastmasters’’ was doing the rounds in our school since November. Some knew what it was while some did not. On Monday, the 8th of February, UCD Smurfit had its first Toastmasters International workshop at the Laurence Crowley Board Room. Facilitated by office bearers of ‘Tara Toastmasters’ club, the event had participants from ... Read More

  • The word ‘’Toastmasters’’ was doing the rounds in our school since November. Some knew what it was while some did not. On Monday, the 8th of February, UCD Smurfit had its first Toastmasters International workshop at the Laurence Crowley Board Room. Facilitated by office bearers of ‘Tara Toastmasters’ club, the event had participants from ... Read More

  • Oh Valentine's Day... I gave up hating it years ago. That said, I was a little dubious when I was asked to speak at my church's college ministry Valentine's Day relationship-themed lunch... about singleness.* Here's what I shared**:Does anyone else remember growing up in the youth group purity culture? I can't even count how many youth conferences I ... Read More

  • Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Last night (for the ninth year in a row), we had Lyndon Worrall from Legacy Ventures join us for the Pre-International Study Tour Briefing Session. We are just four weeks out from the Study Tour so we were all eagerly awaiting Lyndon’s presentation and left the session feeling very excited after hearing all that is in ... Read More

  • Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Last night (for the ninth year in a row), we had Lyndon Worrall from Legacy Ventures join us for the Pre-International Study Tour Briefing Session. We are just four weeks out from the Study Tour so we were all eagerly awaiting Lyndon’s presentation and left the session feeling very excited after hearing all that is in ... Read More

  • My MBA preparation

    by barcelonaMBA on February 9, 2016

    My MBA starts in September 2016 and I have roughly seven months to get up to speed and be ready to get the most out of it.  While I am still working on a cruise ship until June, I set out some goals to complete aside:

    Learn Spanish Basics

    Complete all Duolingo courses (Status: 19/61)

    Consider / research app for vocab training

    Learn Business ... Read More

  • While reading this article, the first and foremost thing that I would like you to do is: Do not expect a job out of any of these conferences. On the leeway side, what I would like you to do is: attend these conferences (at least one of them) because these are the pathways to a huge reservoir of network that you potentially can exploit for your career ... Read More

  • The Smurfit MBA Molson Team. L-R – James Owens, Cormac Kelleher, David Cashman & Conor Connolly While the bags may have been packed, the airline certainly was not ready to let us go. The beep of a phone at 5.03am on January 2nd casually notified us that our flight was cancelled due to ‘aircraft maintenance’ – no other information ... Read More

  • The Smurfit MBA Molson Team. L-R – James Owens, Cormac Kelleher, David Cashman & Conor Connolly While the bags may have been packed, the airline certainly was not ready to let us go. The beep of a phone at 5.03am on January 2nd casually notified us that our flight was cancelled due to ‘aircraft maintenance’ – no other information ... Read More

  • Lindsey Nguyen Full-Time MBA 2015, Highly Commended Nominee As one of the six finalists for the Independent MBA Student of the Year Award, I was invited to attend a face-to-face interview with the Judges on 28 January 2016 at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) offices in London. I was already honoured by the nomination from UCD Smurfit, but it was so exciting ... Read More

  • Lindsey Nguyen Full-Time MBA 2015, Highly Commended Nominee As one of the six finalists for the Independent MBA Student of the Year Award, I was invited to attend a face-to-face interview with the Judges on 28 January 2016 at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) offices in London. I was already honoured by the nomination from UCD Smurfit, but it was so exciting ... Read More

  • Hi there. I am writing this post after a really long gap but I thought this might help aspiring MBA candidates to get a better insight into the life of an International MBA, not confined to SMU COX but in general. In my experience through interaction and exposure, I have realized a few aspects which I have put in here. Hope this might help.1. The cultural ... Read More