Lorna Rogers

Liverpool MBA, 2015

Before enrolling on the MBA, I was working as a Programme Manager for Liverpool City Council, working on transformation programmes within the local authority to redesign services, improve efficiency and outcomes for residents. As part of this, I led a programme with partner agencies to develop solutions and new delivery models for families with complex needs.

Why did you choose the Liverpool MBA?

I was attracted to the range of modules on offer as part of the MBA, which presented the opportunity to cover the fundamental business areas such as finance, marketing and leadership. I also liked the flexibility of studying on a part time basis. I feel that I benefited from studying over 2 years as it enabled me to take full advantage of all the additional opportunities on offer such as the navigator sessions and gave me the time to develop good networks.

Did you use the MBA careers advisor during your studies, how did you find the support available?

I took advantage of the excellent one to one bespoke careers service. The dedicated MBA careers advisor coached me and helped me to identify my career goals and develop a plan to achieve them. I had several one to one sessions and was given career tools to support my development. I also received support with interview techniques, CV review and salary negotiation skills.

What do you feel has been the most rewarding element of the course?

The opportunity to gain new knowledge, meet new people and reflect on my career was the most rewarding part of the MBA programme. I met some wonderful people who inspired me and gave me the confidence to change my career. There was a good balance between academic theory and practical skills development and it has definitely changed me on a professional and personal level.

How did MBA study fit into your life?

I took the part time programme which enabled me to continue working and balance my home life. I immersed myself into my studies and although it did take up some weekends and evenings, I loved learning and it was not a chore. I wanted to get the most out of the MBA experience so I was prepared to commit time to it. It was definitely a worthwhile investment and I gained so much from the experience.

What knowledge skills are you using in your role?

I am currently working as a Management Consultant in the Public Sector & Health Team at KPMG.  I work with public sector clients on a range of projects from operational efficiency programmes, transformation programmes, and service redesign. I focus on operational excellence and transformation/change management and work with clients to solve complex issues. This is a varied role that requires tenacity, initiative and a good range of skills and tools that can be used in different situations.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying an MBA?

Be prepared to dedicate time and have long term goals to keep you motivated when it gets tough. Embrace the group work and reflect on all the learning opportunities (not just the assessments). Choose the pathway that supports your personal goals, be open minded and be prepared to work hard. It’s not easy but the sense of achievement when you graduate makes it all worthwhile. The MBA opens up many opportunities. A highly recognised top level business qualification puts you in another league.

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