Geologist goes from gold to Goldman

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'There were two reasons why I chose to do an MBA. First, I wanted to diversify away from a technical background and, having a genuine interest in the world of finance, I wanted to gain more knowledge. Second, I thought it would mean doing something that I had always wanted to do and would enjoy.

I chose to go to Cranfield to study because I would not be working, and I still had a family to support. It made sense, therefore, to do a one-year MBA. Having looked at the options, Cranfield's programme seemed to be the best course available in the UK, if not Europe.

When I started, I wanted to use my MBA as a method of moving from a technical career into financial management, but the programme fulfilled much more than that. Before the MBA I had achieved an honours degree in geology, as well as an MSc, in Australia. I come from Papua New Guinea and I have worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union and the UK.

This experience made a difference when it came to getting my current job. It is important for prospective MBAs to remember that employers look at the whole package - experience plus the MBA qualification. Because Cranfield MBAs have a higher average age than their counterparts at US business-schools, employers do look at them for relevant experience and qualifications.

As I had no financial background, the skills I learned were focused on a specific career goal. But I also gained a 'big picture' perspective of business in general which greatly increased my confidence.

By doing an MBA I was able to get a job at Goldman Sachs. My work now is a lot more enjoyable than anything I could have expected before I began the MBA.

I help manage the firm's exposure and risks to equities and futures exchanges throughout Europe and in South Africa. I also advise internal and external clients on potential public ratings-based impacts of mergers and acquisitions and other capital markets transactions in the metals, mining and manufacturing industries and financial institutions.'

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