Friday 02 September was the final day of the MBA Foundation Module and for those involved it has been quite an experience. Lengthy and complex preparations have been set in place for the new Fulltime and Executive MBA classes who have been onsite here in UCD Smurfit all week.
Likewise, countless hours have been spent by the Marketing Office, Admissions, Interviewing Panels, MBA Career Manager, and MBA Director to have everyone signed up and ready to go by Monday 29th August last: D-Day.
The MBA Foundation Module itself is designed to be a tough and an intense intro week and despite all of the information available to participants in advance through websites, interviews, the Incoming MBA Student Portal and regular updates, the full impact of the week’s workshops, activities and networking will not really hit them until they come out the other side Friday evening.
As much as possible is squeezed in; Team Building, Communication Bootcamp, Time Management & Effectiveness, IT, Study Skills, Case Study Analysis, Report Writing and MBA Club launches to name only a few. All of these sessions launch both the Academic Programme and also the Personal & Professional Development Programme and equip all new UCD Smurfit MBAs as much as possible for the semesters ahead.
It is no wonder that the mantra for those who have been involved this week has become: ‘Start as you mean to go on’.
Stay tuned to hear from the new Smurfit MBA students…
– Michael McDonnell, MBA Programme Manager