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5 Books All Aspiring Medical Students Should Read

Medical students are the unsung heroes of many healthcare industries around the world. They are fresh eyes and new ideas in an ever-challenging world of medicine. Whether in developing countries or developed, the experiences of these inspirational individuals make for some incredible reading. You may laugh, cry or some combination of the two. But if you want to become a medical professional, here are five top picks to keep you entertained on the journey.

Your Life In My Hands – Rachel Clarke

Formerly a television journalist, Briton Rachel Clarke decided to switch careers aged 29. For many doctors, medicine has been their only career. But for Clarke, she had thought that the experiences she had on the ground as a journalist would make another role pale in comparison. Hours “under fire in Congo’s killing fields”? They’d make medicine seem a walk in the park, right? Wrong. From the start of her engaging and charming book she makes it clear that the real challenges she has faced began in the wards of her training hospital.

Written with inimitable candidness, her honesty jumps off the page. You can’t help but like the narrator, and get drawn in to the story of her journey. From conversations with Prime Ministers about ‘water closets’ to letters to the national press decrying the state of affairs in the NHS that prompted national protests, the links between her current and past careers is undeniable. Perhaps because of this her voice is strong, her passion infectious and her perspective refreshing.

A must-read memoir for those wanting to switch up the monotony of the day job for the challenge of a lifetime: working in medicine.

The Real Doctor Will See You Now – Matt McCarthy

Skipping across the pond, Matt McCarthy‘s first year of med school is underlined with humour from the outset. His first line: “It started with a banana peel.” shows his bemusement at some of the experiences he had when starting out at Columbia University Medical Centre, New York.

He details his supportive relationships with his second-year adviser Baio, the trials and tribulations of night shifts and the fear associated with being ‘on call’. More importantly, though, he talks about what he has learned. Not from his university studies or even his supervisors…from the patients he cares for. Of course, like all of the books recommended here, there is a disclaimer at the start. It’s along the lines that whilst the stories are based upon clinical experience, in order to maintain the integrity of the Hippocratic oath sworn by doctors around the world, details have been changed to anonymise patients’ information. However, there is a reality to the words McCarthy writes, and a tenderness without saccharine sweetness in the manner in which he reveres his charges. In particular, the relationship with Benny who had taken up residence in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant is a pull on the heart-strings.

Definitely worth a read, and good for raising aspirations too – with his humble beginnings Matt is now an associate professor in medicine as well as serving on the Ethics Committee at a top NY hospital.

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

The topic of this tome – death – is one that makes many uncomfortable. It is, however, a daily colleague of medical staff. As someone with a conflicted relationship with medicine – a tone of disappointment in an absent father who was brilliant as a physician and lacking in consistency as a parent runs throughout this book – Kalanithi introduces himself as someone who wanted to be a writer rather than a doctor from an early age. This would clearly have been a great career path, evidenced by his careful craftsmanship as his challenging yet compassionate tale unfolds.

Paul, it turns out, has passed away and this book is his last foray into the world: an examination of his experiences from both sides of the table as a neurosurgeon and a cancer patient. In his own words, “Life isn’t about avoiding suffering.” By turns delighting and devastating, this tale speaks of humanity and the search for knowledge and joy regardless of an insurmountable illness.

Harsh but true, doctors must grow used to death. What better way to learn than through the words of one who’s experienced both?

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor – Adam Kay

Adam Kay is no longer a doctor. After many expensive years of training, and eye-watering experiences to last a lifetime, he hung up his stethoscope in 2010. What remains of his medical career are an assortment of tidbits and anecdotes hastily scribbled down during his time as a Junior Doctor working for the NHS.

A rallying cry for his comrades who were still under the cosh from political attacks, Kay sees himself as a counterbalance to the negativity published about the health service. From the absurd to the sublime, this book beggars belief and will leave you with no questions where the phrase, “It takes all sorts to make the world go round.” comes from.

Witty footnotes and translations of jargon mean that Kay’s book is informative as well as compelling. Contrasts of days filled with filing and night shifts that would make your hair curl (or straight-up fall out) are intertwined. His conclusion? A very heavily worded letter to the Secretary of State for Health that, if you’ve made it thus far, you’ll be vehemently agreeing with and echoing with your own shortly after. See him read from his book here.

Life as a Medical Student: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A dose of reality from 30 medical students – Sihame Benmira

Catchy title, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. This book is aimed at the multitude of young people who know they want to become medical doctors but have little understanding of what the training entails. The provenance of many medical tomes is clear through the authors’ prominence – and yet, who better to hear from than those who have walked the path before you?

Benmira successfully tracks the changing emotions and experiences of those pursuing long years of study to achieve that coveted title: Doctor ____. The chapters are organised for first to fifth years, and one for those who are intercalating in a specified area. Sleepless nights and high workloads are common themes, but this is a gem for people requiring a dose of reality…or reassurance that it’s not just you going through it!

Why the UK is the Destination for Studying Project Management

Thinking about becoming a project manager? Then consider the UK as an ideal place to study and start your career. The project profession in the UK is rapidly growing and much in demand – over 2 million people are employed full-time in the project-based roles, contributing £156.5bn to the UK economy – more than marketing or financial services.

It’s also a great place to gain a high quality, widely recognised qualification in project management – there are several options for you to approach your studies and you could come away with prestigious letters after your name. There now 46 UK undergraduate and master’s degrees in project management from 34 different universities – all accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). In short, becoming a qualified project professional can give you many directions in which you can take your career.

Here are some of the best reasons to study project management in the UK:

You can become chartered

APM awards Chartered status to experienced project managers who meet the criteria. Becoming a chartered professional means you are recognised as someone who has gained a specific level of skill or competence in your field of work. Universities, such as Nottingham Trent University, are now offering accelerated routes to chartered status through their Master’s degree courses in project management, so by studying the right course, you could fast track your way to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

In addition to giving you international recognition and giving your CV a boost, chartered status means that you have set a framework for developing your career, so that you can grow your skillset and land your ideal role.
Big companies recognise PM qualifications

Organisations such as Direct Line and Lloyds Bank work with APM to ensure their project managers have the skills they need. They look for qualified professionals with recognised certifications, such as those from APM. They also spend a lot of time helping their project professionals develop and grow.

Luca Lowe, a qualified project manager working for Direct Line, said: “The variety of projects and opportunities that you could get at Direct Line Group [appealed to me] and the fact that it was a very business-focused role. The corporate environment also added to the attractiveness of the role.”

The pay is good

The average salary of a project professional in the UK is £47,500, according to the latest Salary and Market Trends Survey 2019 by APM. Joining APM and becoming a member (MAPM) can also help your earning potential, as it shows you have trusted skills and qualifications. It gives you a better chance of landing larger – and better paid – projects.

Job satisfaction is high

According to that same survey, eight out of 10 project professionals are satisfied with the work they do, and seven out of 10 were expecting a pay increase in the coming year. The majority (77 per cent) also believe there is a good supply of job roles within the sector.

“It’s a role where your improvement and development never ends,” says Sohail Khan, a project manager for Lloyds Banking Group. “Every day is a new challenge, and every week there’s something else that you’ve learned that you can apply to different projects. I like how much it can keep you on your toes. There’s never a dull day.”

You’ll be part of a community
Joining APM as a student member gives you access to networks of professionals, as well as key content relating to the project profession – methodologies, trends and best practice. It’s also free to join as a student member. Click here to join APM for free now

Why Study At A College

The word ‘college’ means different things in parts of the world. In the USA, it’s often used as another term for university. In the UK however, it means institutions that offer further education courses, higher education courses and trade qualifications. In short, UK colleges, or ‘FE colleges’ offer lots of different courses to lots of different people. There’s something for everyone at college.

So, what makes a college a great place to study at? I currently work for the Association of Colleges (AoC), and we represent publicly-funded (i.e. government/state-funded) colleges. From my own experience both studying and working at colleges I can safely say that international students can expect to be part of a welcoming, diverse community when they come to college. Here are some of the reasons why:

The Study Experience

More often than not, you’ll join a class with local students, so you’ll get to meet students living in the local area. If you’re taking an English language course, this will include students from different countries whose first language is not English. 

Classes tend to be for 20-30 students at college, with groups of only 15 or 16 students in some workshop and kitchen-based subjects. You can expect a good level of contact with your tutors and to be in class for an average of around 15 hours per week, with additional time you’ll spend studying independently.

You’ll be usually taught by lecturers who have worked in the industry you’re learning about. They will have links to employers and will often organise industry visits for your class. Some courses may have the option for a short work placement. 

If you choose a traditional academic course at college, such as A Levels, you’ll be taking a recognised qualification for university entry. You will be supported to decide which degree programme and which university are right for you.

When you come to college, should you feel unwell or encounter any personal problems, support and advice is available from colleges staff. 

The Living Experience

Colleges are located in big cities, small towns and rural areas, all across England and the rest of the UK. There’s the right location for everyone depending on the kind of experience that you would prefer. Colleges have cafeterias and coffee bars on site, WiFi, quiet areas to study and a library. 

It’s affordable to study at college, with the annual course fees costing on average £7,000. You’ll need money for your accommodation too, and whilst some colleges do have student residences onsite, others offer the chance for their students to live with a local family whilst studying. ‘Homestay’ is a really great way to see what British life is like and to improve your English (if it isn’t your first language). 

Amazon Rainforest Fires: How YOU Can Help

The Amazon rainforest has been on fire for the past month, and Brazil has declared a state of emergency in the region. The fires are destroying the homes of indigenous tribes and threatening millions of animal species.

The fires are so big now that the smoke can be seen from space.

Since January more than 70,000 fires have been detected in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, up 84% from the number tracked in 2018, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research. This not only threatens the region’s future, but could also speed up climate change, since the rainforest significantly helps reduce the world’s carbon dioxide levels.

The situation could get even worse, according to the World Resources Institute, since 62% of Brazil’s forest fires traditionally occur in September through the end of the year.

The record number of fires is garnering international attention, with French President Emmanuel Macron organizing a $22 million fund at the recent G-7 summit. Celebrities are also weighing in. Madonna took to Instagram to urge Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, to change his policies and actor Leonardo DiCaprio pledged $5 million to help, while rapper Lil Nas X and and supermodel Cara Delevingne have raised awareness via social media.

But what can I do to help?

Deforestation is one of the biggest drivers of these fires. We recommend you eat less meat (since the farmers have to clear some of the forest so the animals have grazing land), use less paper (recycle!), and do what you can to cut your emissions so that we can try to balance out the damage to the planet that these fires have caused.

You probably don’t have $5m to spare like Mr DiCaprio, but that doesn’t mean that your donation isn’t invaluable and necessary. There are a few organisations that you can donate to:

Rainforest Alliance

They announced earlier this month that it would be redirecting 100% of its donations to frontline organizations in Brazil working to “protect the Amazon and defend the rights of its Indigenous people”.


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🚨Amazon S.O.S.🚨THANK YOU to everyone who donated in response to our post yesterday—and to all who have helped raise awareness by sharing our post. We have committed to redirect 100% of donations made in August via link in bio to these frontline groups working to defend the Brazilian Amazon: @coiabamazonia (Brazil chapter of our partner COICA, the federation of Amazon Indigenous leaders), @imaflorabrasil (our longtime sustainable agriculture partner), and @socioambiental @ipam_amazonia @imazonoficial @saudeealegria (Brazilian orgs working to defend the Amazon & Indigenous rights). 🔥The fires in the Brazilian Amazon have called worldwide attention to the ongoing crisis of tropical deforestation. Although we are devastated by recent surge of fires in the Amazon, we are also heartened by the overwhelming global response to this crisis—signaling growing awareness that 1) tropical forests are a powerful “natural climate solution” we all depend on, and 2) deep concern for the rights of Indigenous people. 📷 This photo from the Brazil-Peru border in the Amazon was taken by @mohsinkazmitakespictures in 2015. We post this older image to remind our followers that tropical deforestation is an ongoing global emergency that began in the colonial era and rages on today throughout the Amazon, Indonesia, Central America, and other regions where the Rainforest Alliance works. [In the interest of transparency: our work in the Amazon is concentrated in Peru (in the Brazil border region) and Colombia; our work in Brazil focuses on sustainable agriculture in other landscapes.] 🌳Through decades of partnership with Indigenous, forest, and farming communities throughout the tropics, we’ve learned (and scientists have confirmed) that the best defense against deforestation and forest fires = thriving, community-centered rural economies that allow people to make a decent living through sustainable activities. This approach requires deep collaboration and sustained investment over the long term—and it reaps big rewards, as seen in our previous posts about Guatemala. Let’s keep the momentum going! ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼✊ #prayforamazonia #savetheamazon #rainforestalliance #climatejustice #climateaction

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Earth Alliance

On Sunday, the organization formed an Amazon Forest Fund.

The fund will be focusing resources toward local communities and groups working to protect the Amazon, as well as those affected by the fires. Earth Alliance noted five groups so far that will receive funding, including the Kayapo people, the Brazil chapter of Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin and the Instituto Socioambiental.

Amazon Watch

An organisation that works with the aboriginal people is Amazon Watch. The group has supported the community’s efforts to stop the proposed dam, and this year, helped convene an assembly of Munduruku youth with Munduruku chiefs.

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

The well-known conservation organization is urging people to not only pay attention, but also shop smart and reduce your fossil fuel consumption. WWF is also encouraging people to speak up, creating an online petition you can sign to call on the governments of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname to “protect the Amazon, combat deforestation and reduce the causes of fires.”

Support businesses that support the rainforest

In addition to donating to specific organisations, experts are urging consumers to put their money to work by supporting business and companies working toward sustainable goals.

Rainforest Alliance has a list of over 700 companies that the organisation certifies as meeting rigorous environmental and social standards.

What Charities Does eduKUDU Work With?

5th September is International Charity Day! In spirit of this, we thought we would share with you the four amazing charities that we work with.

Make sure you visit our other post about things you can do to get involved with International Charity Day here!

KOTO, a not-for-profit social enterprise, transforms the lives of 200 disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam each year through our 24-month holistic hospitality training program.

KOTO stands for ‘Know One, Teach One’, and reflects their belief that if you’re in a position where you can help someone less fortunate, then you should help them; and the greatest thanks you can receive is to one day see that person be in a position to do the same for someone else.

Founded by Jimmy Pham, an Australian-Vietnamese man whose desire was to provide 9 street children with training, a stable income and a safe workplace in a small unassuming sandwich café in Hanoi, has evolved and grown over the last twenty years. After two decades, KOTO continues to be recognised as a dynamic organization producing well-trained graduates who are highly sought after by the tourism and hospitality industry, both within Vietnam and abroad. Almost 1,000 strong alumni network work across the world in leading resorts, hotels, and restaurants. Many have also started their own hospitality and tourism businesses and are employing KOTO graduates themselves. A number of their graduates have received scholarships to further their studies in Australia, thanks to the accreditation of their qualification by Australia’s Box Hill Institute.

Visit KOTO’s whySTUDYhere page.

Lights for Learning is a UK charity based in Cricklade, Wiltshire. They build and install solar-powered lighting in places of education. They work mainly in areas of the world where artificial lighting is impossible or hard to obtain. This benefits positively the entire communities in which these schools or clinics are based. They also provide solutions, with training to fit them, to other charities who have their own projects that are also aimed to help lift the education & health standards of similar communities.

In 2009, a ragtag group of travellers headed up Yala peak in Nepal. Seeing the faces of smiling yet poverty-stricken children was a bittersweet experience. These kids have no material goods and limited opportunities, yet still embrace the joy of life. Kathmandu Kids’ intrepid explorers felt a strong need to give something back. Back home in Perth, they joined forces with Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated (SCAI). The result was Kathmandu Kids and a series of successful fundraising events. Every cent raised has gone towards improving the lives of children in Nepal. In recent years, the programme has expanded out to also provide education for children in the Jhapa and Nuwakot areas as well.

COCO provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. They believe that education gives children the best possible opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. COCO was founded in 2000 by Steve Cram CBE after he witnessed first-hand the barriers to education for children living in poverty and since then COCO has raised over £4 million to fund sustainable, community-led initiatives, positively impacting on the lives of over 200,000 people. They are currently partnering with 15 remote schools, providing quality education from nursery through to college level.

Celebrating the International Day of Charity – A Student’s Guide

As university students, life can be pretty hectic. With lectures, seminars, essays and deadlines it would be understandable to focus on yourself all the time. After all, education is about bettering yourself and taking time to find out who you are. So perhaps it may be surprising – in the most delightful way – to know that many students aren’t just investing in themselves at uni. Instead, they are choosing to invest their time to help those less fortunate than themselves. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved in charity work as a student.

Beach clean ups

From Bali to Bondi, the plastic crisis that David Attenborough’s Blue Planet brought to the front of the collective consciousness is evident. But rather than wallowing in the inevitability of climate change, some students are fighting back. Nearly 30 years ago, Ocean Conservancy began work to clean up the beaches of the United States. Now, eco-conscious travellers are rewarded in numerous must-see destinations for their support of the cause. ‘Free beer’ is a sign that will attract a backpacker from 50 metres away. ‘Save our oceans’ attracts Millenials equally. Combine the two and you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s a great way to offset your jet-setting by helping preserve the beautiful locale you’re visiting. Click below to find out more. Find out more about a UK version. Find out about a Bali version here.

Supporting endangered species

There has been debate in recent times as to whether ‘voluntourism’ is ethical. ‘What’s that?’ you ask? The increasing range of opportunities to support animal charities whilst you travel. Understandably, many of these appeal to those people with an affinity for wildlife.

It can be a minefield. Taking the time to complete careful research can make finding ethical and worthwhile charitable opportunities even more rewarding. Life changing experiences are out there waiting for you! Trekking alongside rhino in Nepal or supporting anti-poaching teams in South Africa are all up for grabs. Prefer your animals a little smaller? Support turtle research in Costa Rica or visit and work with orangutans in Borneo. Visiting Europe? Support the bear sanctuaries of Romania for a few days, or longer still.

The choice is limitless, and the memories made will be with you forever.

Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Originally aimed at British young people, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award has taken the concept global. At it’s core, ‘D of E’ as it’s known in the UK, the charity encourages young people to build positive relationships with their communities. Students can get fitter, gain new skills, and gain camping experience. But more importantly (perhaps, for this article at least) they are also required to volunteer.

Some of the stories of international young people are incredible. From reducing feelings of isolation to helping peers escape life in the slums, the reach and impact of the Award is truly touching.

Looking for something closer to home?

All of the above opportunities are great if you’re on a term break – or even a gap year. You can also support the International Day of Charity from your campus or university though. Student Unions across the world need the support of their cohort. Freshers need tours, vulnerable students need a kind welcome, and there’s always a need for neon paint to be applied at a ‘full-moon’ style party. Some unis go further still. Some have a corps which supports the local community doing all sorts, from managing local areas of natural beauty to running tea dances for pensioners.

Simpler still, arrange a charity marathon: 24 hour dance off, all-you-can-eat cookie sale, sell badges to raise awareness. Any event can be a charity event. Raise funds, have fun and feel good in the knowledge you’re making a difference.

Look up the opportunities available at your university today. You’ll be amazed at how much is out there.

Celebrate the International Day of Charity – 5th September 2019.

5 Books on Entrepreneurship for Students

This much is evident: getting places in business requires a broad knowledge of the world. This can be seen in the growing popularity for audiobook websites and apps, like Audible and Blinkist for budding entrepreneurs and investors. With that in mind, here are some suggestions of books on entrepreneurship for students looking to start their own business and become the ‘next big thing’.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Many entrepreneurs and people going into business concern themselves with key questions. What am I going to do? How will I get there? When will I reach my goal? Simon Sinek is a leadership expert and motivational speaker. He outlines in his now-classic book what the best leaders in history have done differently. They’ve started with ‘Why?’ instead.

From Dr Martin Luther King Jr to modern technology demagogue Steve Jobs, Sinek delves deep into the attitudes and approaches taken by key figures in society. Once he’s done that, he synthesises what really makes them successful. Easy to navigate and inspirational to boot, this is a must-read for those wishing to make a difference. Engage yourself not only in the means to achieve material gain but also evaluating the influence of your inner purpose.

Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

Challenging long-held beliefs about what it takes to enjoy success, Epstein has created an engaging and un-put-downable guide to examining what it takes to excel. His explorations of the careers of scientists and sportspeople alike make this a book for entrepreneurs of all interests and backgrounds.

Using an analysis of research as a basis, Epstein examines the idea that early specialisation and constant practise is not actually the method for reaching the pinnacle of a particular field. He uses prompting questions about the benefits of generalising your skillset and ‘cultivating inefficiency’ in order to succeed. Epstein’s book has an anecdotal tone that both amuses and intrigues which makes for a great book to turn your thinking on its head.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

Almost the epitome of all self-help and self-promotion, Covey has started a revolution in numbered lists that engage readers to explore topics in further detail. Anecdotal evidence is paired with more substantial research in a well-balanced manner. This guide to success in business – but also more broadly, life – is, as a result, not only enlightening but enjoyable.

Originally released in 1989 – the year of Cher’s If I could turn back time – the truths are still evident and relevant today. Following the steps laid out in this now iconic non-fiction, one can see how addictive the results can be. From self-belief to reflection, to clarification of goals Covey doesn’t reinvent the wheel. But that’s the beauty of this book. It makes so much sense, that it becomes almost frustrating when you realise how straightforward success can be. Want to become the next icon in business? Develop these habits and you just might!

Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

The title may seem a little direct, but Napoleon Hill has struck the heart of why a lot of students go into business. The sweet temptation of ‘making it big’. Over more than two decades and 500 interviews with a range of extremely wealthy businessmen and -women, Hill delved deep to uncover the secrets of gaining and maintaining wealth. With a few more steps than Covey, Hill touches upon the importance of visualisation and mental attitudes to establishing a successful business.

Few would believe this text was first published in 1937, and yet a lot of its truths still resonate in modern society. If anything, this is a book for those who feel they are aeons ahead of their time. As well as learning a few tips, you can be just as inspired by Hill’s forward-thinking and acumen from almost a century ago.

She Means Business by Carrie Green

We couldn’t have an inclusive list of books on entrepreneurship for students without at least one written by a woman. And this is a corker! Green encapsulates the spirit of the most recent wave of feminists in her book from 2016. She encourages and even challenges those women who aspire to greatness in the world of business to jump in with both feet and take the plunge.

Personable, practical and honest advice is delivered with conviction as Green has first-hand experience of the results. Quotes from the ‘greats’ are juxtaposed gently with answers for those niggling doubts – the ‘What ifs?’. The chapters are well titled to reflect the challenges faced by modern women, too. By addressing common fears, Green succeeds in creating confidence and building a strong relationship with her audience. You almost wind up feeling like you’ve not only gained knowledge, but an ally in the entrepreneurship game too.

For more on her work to support women in business, check out Carrie Green’s other project https://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com.

If you enjoyed this article on books on entrepreneurship for students, why not check out our reccomended books for finance students and investors alike. Or you can check out our other business subject guides here.

Why Study An MBA Program – AMBA Collaboration

Why study an MBA Program? Ellen Buchan, Communications and Insight Assistant at the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association offers valuable advice for anyone wanting to know more.

Deciding to apply for an MBA program is a big decision – and will lead to an equally huge commitment –  but the decision to complete an MBA will also be a solid investment for hardworking, ambitious and motivated people with senior management aspirations.  

MBA stands for ‘Master’s in Business Administration’ and programs which are accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) have demonstrated that they are of the best quality and most relevant in global postgraduate management education.

AMBA-accredited MBA programs will require three years’ worth of previous work experience from applicants, so are designed for people who hope to take their career to the next level. 

Fitting the MBA around your lifestyle

An MBA can take many forms to fit around busy lifestyles. Students can opt to study full time, part-time, in short, intensive modules, or online, depending on what suits them best. This flexibility often allows students to continue to work full time or part-time alongside studying for their MBA, which can help with funding the course – or give them the option to continue in a role that they have worked hard to achieve and enjoy.

What will the MBA cover?

The MBA covers knowledge-and-practice-based areas to give an in-depth understanding of the management strategy. Core themes vary depending on the Business School, but they usually cover marketing, operations and finance. Other specialist topics may include sustainable business or innovation. 

Most MBA programs are designed to give students an overview of the management, but some Business Schools offer specialist programs for those that want more in-depth insight into areas such as healthcare, oil and gas, entrepreneurship, or innovation. 

Students will also have the opportunity to develop their soft skills, through teamwork and group projects, which foster a unique environment to enhance capabilities in people management, negotiation and public speaking; all of which are essential competencies for leaders and managers. 

The MBA does not solely educate people on their own area of work, but develops an understanding of all the various roles in commercial organisations, putting MBA graduates in prime position to develop as business leaders.

A unique learning experience

This unique learning experience makes MBA graduates stand out from the crowd during the recruitment process. It doesn’t matter whether students are aiming to gain promotions in their current organisation, change organisations or change career completely; an MBA will help fill knowledge and experience gaps, which may be stopping them from reaching the next level in their professional development. 

Upon completion, for most MBA students, the MBA can lead to many benefits as revealed from AMBA’s Careers Survey 2019. MBA graduates see themselves as having an upwardly mobile career trajectory, with 61% of those surveyed seeing themselves as a board member, a CEO or owner of a business within the next 10 years. Additionally, the MBA can be seen to facilitate a career change with almost half of MBA graduates seeing themselves working in a different sector within three years. 

Graduates also see the reward from their MBA in terms of their skills development, personal growth and a broader mindset. Nearly 70% of gaduates also feel their MBA increased their ability to help those in society who needed it most, showing that an MBA can promote positive impacts in and beyond the business world. 

A global network

Studying for an MBA at an AMBA-accredited School automatically allows students to become part of the AMBA membership network. This is comprised of 45,000 MBA students and graduates in 150 countries and exists to help students and graduates forge new connections and business partnerships beyond their chosen Business School. 

Members will also be invited to events all over the world, and webinars to provide them with continual learning and networking opportunities. AMBA membership gives students and graduates access to business strategy thought leadership, groundbreaking research, career advice and access to an exclusive MBA jobs portal. Membership is completely free for those who studied at or are currently studying at an accredited School. 

AMBA accredits 265 of the leading Business School MBA programs in more than 75 countries, which equates to the top 2% of Business Schools worldwide. AMBA accreditation is a mark of approval letting students know that they are receiving the best possible post-graduate business education available.

If you’re thinking about studying an MBA, you can find out more and access a wealth of resources to help you make the right decision. Check out the Association of MBAs guide.

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How To Write An Effective University Personal Statement

Most Universities all around the world will expect you to send some kind of personal statement through, as well as your grades, to assess whether they want you to attend their university. It is not simply good enough to have a good grade: you have to show to your prospective universities that you are genuinely passionate about your chosen subject.

  1. Make sure you have a character counter

But why? Well, most University personal statements are limited to 4000 characters, not 4000 words! There is no way to go over this limit so make sure you write your statement with a character counter to ensure that you don’t have to majorly edit it later. Write as close to the maximum amount as you can, to ensure you have said everything you need to say!

2. Concentrate on your strengths

Ensure that you make a list of your strengths, both academic and personal so that you don’t forget any. Also, list any achievements you have had at school; were you a team captain, were you a prefect, did you get awarded with ‘most hardworking student’?  Anything like this shows that you are an all-rounder!

3. Start early, take your time

Most Universities don’t open their applications until October, and they close in January. Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to craft your personal statement. It has to pack a punch, speak highly of yourself, and be well-written. Your personal statement will take more than a few hours to do, so don’t leave it to the last minute!

4. Make it your own voice

You want your personal statement to be original and in YOUR voice. There is no “right” way to lay it out: choose what feels comfortable for you. Don’t base your personal statement off of someone else’s. My personal statement, for example, was written as if it was a fairytale. It was risky, but I wanted it to stand out and be interesting, and it ultimately paid off as I was accepted into all of the Universities I applied for!

5. Proofread

Your mum, your friend, your grandpa, your teacher, your dog. Get everyone to read through your personal statement and see what they suggest! Of course, it has to be written in your voice, but you want to ensure it is strong and your point is getting across (as well as having no mistakes!)