A to Z of the Oxford Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy – Part 2

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N: Network

You gain a fascinating network of high calibre, skilled professionals in both finance and strategy.

O: The other students

A big benefit of the Diploma in Financial Strategy was the quality and calibre of the other students on the programme. It was such a strong group to learn from, share perspectives and have insightful discussions with.

P: People

My study group was a really key part of my time on the programme and one of the main highlights for me. As someone with a background in strategy, having the opportunity to learn alongside finance professionals who could support me with understanding and embedding the financial concepts, and being able to give back and help them through the strategy modules, was a very valuable experience. I was able to learn from the experiences of finance experts in areas that I hadn’t been involved in in the past. The diversity of the cohort in terms of backgrounds, industries and functions was both wonderful and powerful.

Q: Quite remarkable!

Learning something new and hard was a really great experience – the feeling you get when it all clicks is quite remarkable!

R: Robust understanding

Intuition is really important in business, but you need to complement this with a robust understanding of financial components and how to successfully implement strategies to be successful.

S: Strategy

One of the highlights of the programme was the Strategy module. Even though I have experience of working in this area previously, I felt it really brought the key concepts to life in a way that I could actually apply them in my daily work. I was able to engage deeply with the course content, both through my studies and applying these day-to-day, in a way that I never have been able to before.

T: The real thing

My main motivation for studying the programme was to gain a deeper, more advanced financial skills set. I liked the positioning of the Diploma in Financial Strategy; in that it focused on and builds upon the specialist finance components of the traditional MBA programme. It felt like ‘the real thing’ and exactly what I needed.

U: Unexpected

I thought I was going into the programme solely to learn the finance components, but I really enjoyed the strategy parts too.

V: Valuation

Some areas, such as Valuation, are more of an art than a science, but only by understanding the mechanics can you get the art right. Developing that skill of being able to balance both sides, able to read subtext and understand what is really happening, has been a key benefit of this Executive Diploma.

W: Working with my study group

My study group was composed of all finance professionals, and I spent countless hours discussing ideas, working through concepts with them and getting their technical and global perspectives on issues, and it meant that I learnt so much more.

X: Executive coaching

I’m now developing an Executive Coaching business which will allow me to engage with clients from the finance sector – something that I couldn’t have done without the Diploma in Financial Strategy. The programme has given me an insight into the world of finance in a way which will help me to connect and relate to those in other financial sectors as a coach

Y: Yes, I can

I’m now at a new stage in my career and have started a new role where I am continuing to apply the skills I developed on the programme. The diploma programme has equipped me with the necessary financial and strategic tools needed to feel confident operating in these areas in the Investment Management sector.

Z: Zero regrets

The Diploma in Financial Strategy is all about how to practically apply financial and strategic concepts in your own organisation and add value as a result. I’ve certainly applied the learnings from my FIA in the Investment Management space and have been able to engage much more with the financial components of a project than in the past.


Executive Diploma in Financial Strategy