Archive for December, 2010
The MBA team here in UCD Smurfit wishes you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year !
- Orla, Mary, Rikke, Roisin, Brian, Elaine & Michael.
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Instead of sending you a card this year, we’ve made a donation to the Simon Communities
Over the holiday period, you may be able to give more time to the thought of doing an MBA.
Dave Lawton is a Process and Chemical Engineer from Cork. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seven years, prior to starting his full-time MBA in UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business. In writing this blog, he thought he would answer the more common questions out there about an MBA.
What is an MBA all about?
I was in this situation six months ago, and despite some extreme environmental conditions the exit from full time employment and entry back into education has been and continues to be a rewarding decision (hmm, something tells me the transition may not be so smooth – but more of than anon). So what would I have liked to have known prior to starting out? These are the top five questions.
My name is Patrick Hillis but all of my new classmates here at the Smurfit MBA have taken to calling me, “Paddy” (affectionately, I think). I come from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States — home of the space needle, Starbucks and fine folks like my good friend Billy Gates (not exactly, but I did come within a mile of his house on a boat once).
This week saw the MBA Conferring for the classes that completed this summer.
Conferrings are always a huge event for us and for the Smurfit School in general as they mark the culmination of so much work and effort for everyone involved, it’s a chance to celebrate a tremendous personal achievement with graduates, their families and the academic staff. This years ceremony was added too by the festive atmosphere provided by the approach of Christmas and the truly impressive Christmas tree which dominated the top to the O’Reilly Hall and which became a favoured backdrop for post conferral class and family pictures. MBA graduates were joined by two other classes, the Master in Accounting and the MSc Finance stream and this made of a busy and vibrant event.
One thing which is always commented upon at MBA conferrals is the large number of small children who attend, a testament to just how good many of our participants are at juggling both academic and personal lives. Throw in work for the EMBA classes and you can see what an amazing accomplishment the obtaining of an MBA degree really is.
This particular conferring ceremony was unusual in that it was actually our second of the year. The previous one -for the classes finishing in Summer 2009- was in March and was the last of the March conferrings since the University decided last year to move conferral up to December.
Congratulations again to the Smurfit MBA Classes of 2010 !
- Roisin O’Loughlin, EMBA Programme Manager