Now that the mid-term exams are over, I can confidently sit down and write some thoughts stemming from the first two months of the Masters in Management curriculum. Coming from a completely non-business background, my main fear when applying to the MiM programme was whether I would be able to catch up with the demanding curriculum of a top-tier business school. I knew that it would require a lot of studying and effort and I was completely ok with that. However, keep in mind that when I say that I knew absolutely nothing about some business topics, I am not exaggerating… My background comprises of six years of studies in Law and an eight-month internship in a Law Firm: Not only I knew nothing about Statistics or Accounting but, in fact, the first time I ever heard of the terms “median, mode and standard deviation” was during my GMAT preparation last year! And so, after the initial excitement of getting accepted to LBS, I started wondering whether I would succeed in coping with the high-level fast-paced and completely new to me MiM curriculum.
After two months I can admit that I was wrong. The Masters in Management programme is so well-designed that if you are determined to work hard and overcome the challenges then, no matter how irrelevant your background is, you can thrive! In fact, the other day I was mingling with two fellow MiMs, the one studied… Film Aesthetics in her undergrad and the other Architecture and Urbanism! So, I guess Law is fine
Now let’s see where we stand only a couple of months after the inception of the course: We are all quite good in reading, interpreting, comparing and making the basic and most important financial statements (B/S, I/S, cash flow statements etc.) and to talk about Managerial Statistics (my favourite!), I can say with pride that I am in a much better position than just knowing what “standard deviation” is : Building and interpreting regression models, simulation models and linear programmes has almost become my second nature!
To be able to make this huge step it took me many hours of studying, many cups of coffee in order to stay awake at night (though the plan didn’t always “work”) and building hundreds (yes hundreds!) of Excel models (after our last individual assignment, I didn’t even want to pronounce the words “regression model”)… Apart from the lectures, the MiM curriculum provides us with seminars and workshops for every course and together with the study group work, the day to day schedule is really heavy and intense but it eventually pays off. I am pretty sure that if I didn’t have my mid-term exams last week, I wouldn’t have sat down and revise the whole material… And no, the exam process is NOT fun. But the mere fact that our curriculum is designed in that way, together with the willingness of our Professors to help us at all times, makes us learn… whether we want it or not!