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Posted by: on December 16, 2015

iwill

Recently I had the opportunity to attend an event called ‘Speaking with Courage’, organised by Saïd Business School’s Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning, ‘iwill’. iwill’s aim is to help women achieve their full potential: to promote women’s development both professionally and academically. I first learned about the iwill event on Oxford Saïd’s event listing website […]

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Posted by: on November 18, 2015

Oxford calling

I graduated from Helsinki School of Economics with a Master’s degree almost ten years ago. When still living in Finland I considered postgraduate studies but at that time the MBA studies didn’t appeal to me and a PhD seemed too academic route for my career aspirations. When I relocated to the UK for work some […]

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Posted by: on October 23, 2015

The final chapter: Oxford 2015

As I opened the acceptance letter late 2014, I knew 2015 was going to be full on. I was committing to running a full time business in Australia and studying at Oxford. However, I was ready for the challenge and excited to see what would unfold over the coming year, as this year is starting […]

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Posted by: on October 9, 2015

Oxford is a special place

I left Oxford yesterday with mixed feelings: relief that my coursework and examinations for my graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (DipSI) had finished, and all that remained were a paper for this session’s content and a larger overall term paper; gratefulness and sadness, respectively, that my cohort had gelled so well but that I […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2015

Full steam ahead…

End of module four of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, as we learnt, paved the way for newer beginnings. The fact that we all have been through a few exams and 4 modules seems unreal. My thoughts about this programme at the beginning of these modules were quite different to what they are at […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2015

Back to life, back to reality

While the above always has thrown me back to the 80s when Soul II Soul were swinging their hair around in this captivating music video, it now has a completely different meaning. Exam 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation has passed, module 3 has passed, all my books are in a corner and […]

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Posted by: on May 1, 2015

A journey to remember, the Oxford way

Being a mother of two very young children can be quite a challenge most days and to be able to commit to additional responsibilities and a change in lifestyle can be a challenging yet an amazing experience. It has been a few months since I enrolled myself on to this course and I have to […]

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Posted by: on April 8, 2015

Where the W’s are…

I wake up in the middle of the night. “Why”? is my first thought. “What?”, is my second. And my third one is “How does not start with a W.” Do I detect some pre-exam stress? The Why, What and How are everywhere nowadays! Especially when I sit in front of my books and notes […]

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Posted by: on March 17, 2015

Three weeks last summer….

Last year I attended the Said Business School’s Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP).  The course was a three week residential program (at Egrove Park, not the main business school) that did three things: refreshed and updated my business skills (broad highlights of MBA subjects); assessed my leadership style (via 360 degree feedback, plus some […]

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Posted by: on March 16, 2015

Why Oxford?

My first university degree was in a completely different field to the business world I currently find myself in. With a little experience under my belt, about 6 months ago, I started thinking about my next challenge, how can I push the boundaries? How can I stretch myself and get comfortable outside of my comfort zone? […]

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