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Posted by: on June 29, 2015

Despite of the challenges in balancing study, work and life, I can’t wait ...

Two weeks have passed by after our third session, it feels like yesterday when we started the program in Oxford in January this year. The 3rd session of the Diploma in Financial Strategy in May was the advanced module for Finance, where Ken and Howard took us on a journey to explore IPO and the […]

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Posted by: on May 11, 2015

Traditional education

How do you look back on your education? What do you remember? Well, when I look back on my mine, which I received in Ukraine, where I attended a grammar school, I can describe it as a traditional education. There were strict rules including wearing a formal school uniform and we were only permitted to […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2015

Module 1 – Inspiring

I’ve just completed the first module (Strategy) of the Diploma in Financial Strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School (SBS). On a personal note, I currently work in finance with an EMEA remit for product planning. My motivations for applying to SBS stemmed from a desire to improve my technical skillset from a strategy perspective and […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

What to expect from Saïd Business School and Oxford University

I just got back from my first module sessions for the Diploma in Financial Strategy. I had expectations of what Oxford would be like because my partners are Oxford Alumni. However, my expectations were blown away. Upon arriving at the University of Oxford, I was embraced by the architecture of the Ashmolean Museum and humbled […]

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Posted by: on February 27, 2015

Will I find registration? Will I fit in? Will I enjoy it?

I cannot believe it is already the 27th of February! It seems only days ago since I left Oxford after the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy course. Right after the course, on the train, I was sure I would spend at least one hour a day studying – and surprisingly,  I did! My first […]

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Posted by: on February 20, 2015

22 Years Later

Armed with the Dutch prophecy “To stand still is to backslide” I decided to expand my horizons both literally and figuratively, and apply for a programme that would challenge my capabilities, spark ideas in my daily thoughts, expand my hard-­‐core Dutch network and, last but not the least, enhance my career opportunities. Oxford University was […]

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Posted by: on January 30, 2015

Let’s go!

I’ve just returned from an intensive week in Oxford participating in the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy. First, a little bit about me. I have 12 years experience in the oil & gas industry and I’m currently Vice President – Finance for our Europe business based in Aberdeen. En-route to Scotland, I’ve worked in […]

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Posted by: on January 28, 2015

Module 1 – Strategy

Perhaps a few basics about my background can help set the scene, and explain my journey to this Diploma. I qualified as a corporate lawyer in 2003 and I remain qualified, although that’s largely academic now. I changed career 6 years ago, joining a client of mine to move away from practicing law at large […]

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