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  • One of the great benefits of the UCD Smurfit Executive MBA is the ability to select from a wide range of optional subjects that make up your final semester. Friends who have previously completed the Smurfit MBA all remark on how the final semester was the most enjoyable as you get to pick subjects which [...] Read More

  • The Home Straight

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 28, 2015

    Arriving in the 4th semester of the exec MBA we have completed 12 modules, 328 hours of class, an average of more than twice that in readings, assignments and projects. Every one of those hours has taken its toll over three long semesters. However, entering the home straight, energy and enthusiasm are at levels not [...] Read More

  • So, life passes. The minutia of my experiences in the Manchester MBA recede into memory. It’s been ten months since I stepped outside of Booth Street West as a student for the last time and it already seems a lifetime ago.

    I know from your correspondence that the biggest question that most of you have is where have my MBA colleagues and I washed ... Read More

  • It’s been a while, so please allow me to wish you a belated Happy New Year!

    It’s been more than a month since my last post and I would love to tell you that it’s not because I was too busy to write, but truthfully I was just too lazy. During winter break, I ate a lot, slept well, played hard, and spent the laziest days of the past two years. ... Read More

  • A Little Advice

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 26, 2015

    So we’re on starter’s orders for semester 2 and, as semester 1 becomes a distant memory, the Christmas break has given us time to consider the MBA to date.  When I look back to the familiarisation week in September, I recall the anticipation and trepidation elicited by the presentations given by last year’s class reps [...] Read More

  • Even though Phuket has beautiful beaches and enough to do to entertain yourself for months in a row, it can be nice to visit one of the quieter islands just of the coast of Phuket. Besides pristine beaches and less noisy tourists, you will also find beautiful snorkeling spots and maybe some nice places to shoot some pictures.

    About a week ago I found ... Read More

  • One Year On…

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 23, 2015

    January 2015 is the one year anniversary of when I first seriously started considering taking the MBA program. I had toyed with the idea for several months before but with a new year came a new impetus to push myself and develop new skills that would help me develop professionally and personally. The initial stages [...] Read More

  • After finishing the module 1 exams in December there were many days and nights of celebration at regaining my free time. Friends and family I had ignored over the previous three months were contacted and reminded that I was alive.  The celebrations lasted for two weeks before the New Year was upon us with the [...] Read More

  • Roll On China!

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 19, 2015

    I’m writing this after attending my first two classes of semester 2, year 2 of the EMBA. There is no doubt but my enthusiasm for attending class has reduced significantly when compared to 15 months ago! However, on the up-side I am six months away from completing the programme and that is a huge motivation [...] Read More

  • We Do Get a Break!

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on January 14, 2015

    Many of the posts on this blog touch on the aspect of time, and how little of it we have when immersed in the MBA. It is true that the workload is intense and takes up much of your time. Each semester consists of 12 busy weeks of lectures, assignments, group work etc. This is [...] Read More

  • Find Reasons To Celebrate

    by Pathik Bhatt on January 8, 2015

    The sun will come up today. The sun will go down. People will go to work, or school, or not. They will drive. They will eat. They will watch tv. They will sleep. Today is like any other day. Except it is also different. It is different because we as a people have decided to use such days to celebrate. We have decided to think about this particular day ... Read More

  • Two days before Christmas and I’m finally getting round to writing my blog; David Sweeney I expect you to follow suit. I’d like to share with you my Bizworld (www.bizworldireland.ie) ‘Dragon in the Den’ experience that I had a couple of weeks ago. I visited St Olafs National School in Balally to be the ‘dragon’ [...] Read More

  • It has been a busy semester for our year 1 and full-time classes with a steep learning curve and lots to absorb, well done on getting that first semester behind you.  For the year 2 EMBAs – never fear the light is very much at the end of the tunnel for you. Everyone in the [...] Read More

  • Well, the ‘Hare’ here is my new born self from the fast paced MBA life, and ‘Turtle’ is my slow and analysing inner original self. I have been thinking of writing this blog for a while, but then again the ‘Turtle’ wouldn’t let me. Ever since I have started this journey of MBA, and it [...] Read More

  • I am now at the midway mark of my second year and into the long awaited winter break. Unlike last year when I spent the break traveling South America, this year I will be devoting time and energy to my start-up.

    In retrospect, I would have to say that second year (EC) is radically distinct from first year (RC). As regular readers of this space are ... Read More

  • 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 processhttp://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/12/09/some-myths-debunked-during-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