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Posted by: on November 22, 2016

#GoRemote and #GrowGlobal

I wish someone had told me that Oxford Letters of Motivation live a life of their own… 18 months ago, I submitted my Letter of Motivation to Oxford Said Business School, fingers crossed that I would be admitted to the PGDip in Financial Strategy. I had a business model in my head that needed to […]

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Posted by: on November 15, 2016

From the revolving doors of Saïd, to the high ceilings of the Sheldonian…

A quest for the holy grail: It finally happened, as we paraded out of the grand Sheldonian Theatre, as proud Oxfordians…holding our heads high, keeping our dreams alive and taking a bow to the sacred temple of knowledge. As we looked up into the bright blue sky and the grandeur of the architecture which engulfed […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2016

An enthralling adventure in the land of tea and scones

Here I am, revising for my final examination at Oxford on an asphalt covered rooftop amidst the skyscrapers of upper Manhattan, enjoying the waning days of the summer heat wave before winter casts its dark veil of frost over us. As I churn through Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, my […]

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Posted by: on August 24, 2016

A MUST programme for the C-level manager

I was born in the USSR, the country where it was prohibited to go abroad. Still, we had a number of schools with a focus on English language, like mine, where children were brought up on English literature, music, art, history.  I remember textbooks, devoted to the places of interest of London – pictures of […]

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Posted by: on August 24, 2016

Three modules over

Three modules over – where has the time gone? And what have I learnt? The first answer? All too quickly. The second? Not a quick job to summarise, but let me try. I joined the Diploma in Financial Strategy to receive an academic depth to my professional studies over the last twenty years. I have […]

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Posted by: on July 27, 2016

Reflecting Back

Everyone in the room, starting to wrap up their laptops, folder, packing bags, rushing towards the exit doors, waving goodbyes walking out of Oxford Saïd and off to their destinations. Only when the lights turned off, is when I realised how precious these days were that shaped module 3.  Every 6th week getting ready, packing bags, […]

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Posted by: on July 20, 2016

A way to get inspired

Where to start? So many emotions and facts to share… I will try to be concise. Why DipFS? I was looking for a board level education, after diligent research, the diploma came on the top of the list with comprehensive curriculum and flexibility to combine work and study. Every module so far, for me personally, […]

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Posted by: on June 9, 2016

Success or not success? A dilemma of human purpose and transcendence

It was the moment to close the window´s curtains; suddenly I was standing on a beautiful portrait, one of those that capture all senses and convince a spirit that there is something memorable on the air. Standing on the hotel balcony that night in Oxford watching the city´s colours and sounds – full of energetic […]

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Posted by: on May 17, 2016

Settling In

I recently returned from my first round of examinations at Oxford. While any time in Oxford is undeniably a glorious departure from the concrete reality that has become commonplace to an exhilarating life in New York City, it is far from a vacation. Nightly visits to medieval pubs like The Bear or Turf Tavern are […]

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Posted by: on May 5, 2016

Future Now

The last couple of months passed by incredibly fast and I have returned from Oxford, from our second module. It was wonderful to meet my classmates again, we are getting to know each other more now. For the last few days the DipSIs learned an overflowing amount of information about innovations, forecasting, weak signals, S-curves […]

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