The life-altering programme: be ready to grow not only professionally but also personally

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Zoom meeting for the diploma class

I can describe my time at Saïd Business School as extremely engaging as I was involved in the learning process that helps me in acquiring new skills in close collaboration with students from other countries. Despite the challenges that Covid-19 has created for all the areas in our lives, I was able to enjoy the diverse environment while studying on the programme.

Juggling full-time work, education and duties as a parent can be overwhelming. However, the combination of taught modules and assignments also helped me to grow personally through the improvement of organisational skills, which is the beauty of this programme.

Additionally, the Oxford Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation encouraged me to become more self-directed as the course included a lot of independent reading and analysis. Moreover, the content of the course includes seminars by respected academics and discussions with students who are accomplished professionals in various fields.

During the pandemic, when we were not able to communicate or reach out to other parts of the world, I was able to enlarge my network and connect with professionals from the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Kenya, Lebanon and other countries. I was able to take part in discussing how strategy and innovation applied in various sectors and countries. This exchange of these experiences and thoughts was the most valuable contribution to my business acumen and overall outlook.

Throughout the programme, I was impressed by the support of the academic staff. From the beginning, we were encouraged to share our thoughts and guided to use critical thinking. The method of education offered by Saïd Business School is a unique approach in growing the leaders of the future as it involves in-depth analysis, academic argumentation and research methods by sharing the knowledge of all the class. This approach is so sustainable that, even going through a merciless pandemic that disrupted the whole world, the programme positively impacted the lives of many professionals across the globe.

Benevolent programme managers were helpful in guiding me through the education programme. I am also thankful for the School’s merit-based scholarship, which was a huge contribution to my education as it helped me to afford such a versatile and valuable professional programme.

I am grateful to Saïd Business School for providing a professional and friendly environment that helped me to grow during the past year and opened new horizons for my future career growth. 

For the upcoming years, I do hope that many students from Azerbaijan, especially female students, will enrol in this programme to develop further as Saïd Business School will bring the best out of them.