Graduate profile
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Kara Nutley

"Within months of starting I received a promotion in my current job and the MBA has certainly helped me in making difficult decisions and thinking more strategically."

Course
Business Administration
Graduation year
2015

What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study the MBA here?

I applied for the staff scholarship following a recommendation from my manager and was very fortunate to be one of two chosen candidates.

What were the best things about your course?

Definitely meeting a range of people from different backgrounds with varying levels of experience. I found that the closeness of our group really helped with the workload and pressure; simply being able to chat to someone who understood your concerns was a great relief.

Group work, although stressful at times, was a brilliant way of learning and it was through these assignments I felt I learnt and engaged the most.

How did you change as a person during your time as an MBA student?

I’ve now got increased confidence in the decisions I make not only in work, but in life. The thought of doing an MBA is daunting but now having completed it, yes it’s hard but you just need to have the courage to say “I can do that”.

What impact did the Surrey MBA have upon your career?

Within months of starting I received a promotion in my current job and the MBA has certainly helped me in making difficult decisions and thinking more strategically.

What are your thoughts on the importance of networking? Is a strong personal network important in business?

Networking is really important. Some of the best things that have happened to me are as a result of meeting new people who have introduced me to opportunities I would never have expected.

What one piece of advice would you give to people considering the Surrey MBA?

Ensure you have strong support from family and friends, this is important when moments become challenging as they inevitably do on the MBA.

What is your strongest or happiest memory of your time at Surrey?

Finishing exams at the end of our first year, everyone was so elated to be finished for the summer and it was a great feeling knowing we had completed a year together.

Did you find you could implement what you learnt in class on the weekends at work?

Definitely. Without always realising, in class and assignments you’re critiquing all that you’re learning and this encouraged me to take a different viewpoint to meetings, conversations and planning at work. I was also able to apply theoretical concepts that I’d learnt to live projects; I believe this has benefited not only me, but my area at work.

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