Diploma in Strategy and Innovation
Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
Lull… If it is, it really shouldn’t be. But, we work a lot don’t we, the type of student who attends a part-time graduate program? And if you are worried for yourself that work and life will get in the way of studying – I can nearly promise you it most certainly will. Being overwhelmed a bit by what should be done at home, at work, and in preparation for next “at school”, I tend to shut down and accomplish less on all fronts. This is not a productive defense mechanism on my part.
So, what to do to make sure studies don’t fall by the wayside completely? I have a couple approaches:
The saving grace of it all, is that the content presented over the course of the program is engaging and something I either already do or can start to apply in my regular day to day work. For instance, Module 2 focused on innovation and formation of markets. Many of the clients I work with are either in a new market themselves or need to find ways to include themselves in new markets to take advantage of opportunities (or worse, avoid obsolescence). While there are tools and established practices we already use with our clients, the frameworks and ideas I am getting from the Diploma in Strategy & Innovation programme at Oxford Saïd both add to that toolbox and sharpen the tools already existing within. While I’m highly likely to forget the name of the scholar who published a framework or the date they last revised it, I at least keep the principles fresh with regular professional conversations. Even better, it makes studying and work ALMOST the same thing!
As I think about the rest of the programme, I do continue this worry of time management though. Specifically, IF I find it difficult to keep on top of things NOW when it is only reading, studying, and practice writing that needs to be done between modules, I worry what the “lull” between the next modules will be like, when we ALSO have a paper assigned to write. New habits will definitely have to form. Wish me luck!Back to top of article