Fear of the Unknown.

This blog entry represents my first missed deadline of the year. Not the most auspicious start I feel. It seems that everyone is feeling the pressure to some extent. Best-laid plans to keep on top of the workload and allow time for other things have been pushed aside, at least for now.

Everyone is here because they’re good at what they do. Deadlines are tough enough when you know your job, but what about when you don’t? I think the first few weeks are about putting the first pin in the map. It won’t be in the right place, but at least it’s somewhere to start.

Allowing ourselves to make mistakes doesn’t come naturally to most of us. For many this may be the greatest challenge. It’s a venture into the unknown, but that’s why we’re here. Now is the time to take chances, to risk being wrong. I’m looking forward to spending a whole semester making mistakes.

On an unrelated note, now that the weather has changed for the worse the Irish MBA students are starting a winter support group for the international students. If anyone is interested we’ll be meeting in the Dark Horse at least once a week.

Michael Noonan,

FT MBA 2014