“The programme gave me skills that I’ll be able to use for life. My colleagues can see that the MBA has been of great use to the company.”
Despite already being Executive Director at one of Zimbabwe’s largest retailers, Lawrence Mabhiza was determined to improve. “I still felt that I needed to acquire more education and I believed that a master’s degree would give me the skills I need to execute my job effectively. I’ve also known some colleagues who’ve done the MBA and wherever they are, they’re doing well. I felt I was lacking something in comparison.”
Now, after graduating with an MBA from the University of Roehampton Online, he can make even stronger contributions at work. “The programme was educative in terms of me acquiring skills that I’ll be able to use for life.”
“One of things I enjoyed was the interactive nature of the programme. I was put in a group with peers from other countries. You debate topics and discuss one another’s insights and responses. I took away a solid understanding of business management and strategy planning in a global context - that was one of the most important aspects.”
In his current role, Lawrence is responsible for managing staff, approving budgets, and producing and implementing marketing plans. “One of the things you learn on the MBA programme is that your strategies have to be unique, so that you’re different from other companies on the market. I feel I have the knowledge and understanding now to help develop those strategies at work”.
That increased understanding and strategic awareness has given Harare-based Lawrence, a father of two boys and two girls, understandable reason to be proud. But the collaborative nature of his Roehampton studies, and the global network of peers he worked with, also left an indelible impression.
“One of things I enjoyed was the interactive nature of the programme… It was one of the best experiences I’ve had.”
More than 90% of students believe their degree will be valuable or very valuable to their careers after graduation*
*Results calculated by the University of Roehampton, London Online based on the responses of 676 current students who responded to the annual student-satisfaction survey in 2014. At the time the research was fielded, this was a response rate of 33%.