“The MBA has helped me with my leadership skills. I lead a team of six people, and they’ve all got different personalities. The leadership role is something I cherish.”
Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate
Having lived on three different continents, Wilfred Bayer is used to having a global outlook. The Indian-born descendant of a German great-grandfather has worked in Dubai, Australia and Canada. So the collaborative, global nature of learning with the University of Roehampton, London Online was a major attraction in his decision to study for an MBA.
“Learning from other countries gives you a good, rich depth-of-experience,” he says. “The other thing I liked was having faculty members from different parts of the world. They always brought something new to the table and they helped me both professionally and personally.”
Wilfred joined Hilti, a Canadian construction company, in 2005. He was always ambitious to move up in the organisation and secure a management position, but knew he need to upgrade his skills. However, the demands of a full-time job and family life meant it wasn’t going to be easy. So, with the support of his wife and his boss, Wilfred opted for an online MBA so he could study in the evenings and at weekends.
“I was excited to start, but I knew it would need a lot of work. My boss said to me, ‘it will make a lot of difference to you in our company, because if you’re interviewing against somebody who doesn’t have an MBA, you’ll always get priority’. That’s now come true. I’m Regional Sales Manager and I’m getting promoted to the marketing department, and one of the things that helped me was having that MBA.”
He adds: “My boss was my mentor as well. She noticed a change in me – as did the team I manage. I was a little bit hesitant when I started off, but as I did my MBA I got more confident with my leadership skills. I wasn’t bossing anyone around; I was just able to explain what I wanted them to do, and why, better than before.”
Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Wilfred believes that three pieces of advice are crucial for any MBA student. “Plan, make sure you focus on what you want to do, and set short-term goals that are easy to track and finish. The key is to go one step at a time.”
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%.