Making the most of an opportunity – an EMBA graduation

Making the most of an opportunity – an EMBA graduation

Musaddiq Khan (EMBA 2016) recently graduated from the University of Cambridge’s EMBA programme. In his first post as a “graduand”, he reflects on why he joined the programme.

I’m incredibly proud to have graduated from the University of Cambridge, completing the Executive MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Despite a gruelling 20 months, which included becoming a father for the first time at the beginning and for the second time towards the end, it’s been an extraordinary journey.

Before I joined the programme back in 2016, I wondered whether I was ready for a challenge like this. I had certain doubts, as I’m sure other classmates have had:

Do I have enough experience?

Will I have the time?

Can I make the finances work?

Am I good enough?

However, one piece of advice convinced me to apply:

There are so many opportunities out there – you just need to make sure you’re ready to take full advantage of them when they appear!

Taking the plunge and joining the programme resulted in one of the greatest experiences of my life so far – there aren’t many situations where a standard weekend could include arranging a trip to Kazakhstan for a consulting project, spending time debating with a senior UN diplomat or discussing leadership with a World Cup winning rugby captain, all while learning about corporate finance or strategic innovation.

The programme has allowed me to make some wonderful friends along the way and I’ve learnt more than I ever thought about others as well as myself.

I’m incredibly grateful for the support of the friends and family who made it possible, especially my wife, whose unwavering encouragement while being mother to a toddler and a new born and dealing with me during the stress of deadlines, deserves a special mention.

We all have a responsibility to improve ourselves and looking back, the doubts I had seem so trivial compared to what I’ve gained.

Whether it’s applying for an EMBA, setting yourself a new challenge, or going for something you really want to achieve, just go with your gut.  Make sure you’re ready for that unexpected opportunity around the corner.

Things will work out.

Three lessons I learned from San Francisco – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Three lessons I learned from San Francisco – EMBA International Business Study Trip

David Wilson (EMBA 2017) reflects on the EMBA International Business Trip to San Francisco, taking away three key lessons. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on last month’s International Business Study Trip (IBST) to Silicon Valley. It was an intense and transformative experience – my mind is whirling with the new ideas that I encountered during the… Continue Reading

“Can it get more international than this?” – EMBA Team Consulting Project

“Can it get more international than this?” – EMBA Team Consulting Project

In our final post from the EMBA eyeWit Team Consulting Project, Enzo Lamberti reflects on one of the highlights of his EMBA journey. Saying that this TCP has been an incredible experience would be an understatement, from both a professional and personal point of view. Professionally, I had the incredible opportunity of researching a subject… Continue Reading

Engineering an Executive Career

Engineering an Executive Career

Gordon Hollingworth (EMBA 2017) – Director of Engineering at the Raspberry Pi Foundation – reflects on his interest in problem-solving, and how he is utilising the Cambridge EMBA within his engineering  toolkit. I always felt I was destined to be an engineer, not because I spent many hours tap-tapping away on a BBC micro in… Continue Reading

One More Girl

One More Girl

Hussain Kasim (EMBA 2016) has launched an NGO to help women from poorer families in Nigeria and West Africa receive an education, called Bringing Education to Girls in Nigeria (BEGIN). In this post, he describes the moment he decided to take action, and the mission of the organisation. It all began with Amina. Amina was a… Continue Reading

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