Kerrine Bryan is a Loughborough MBA graduate who completed her degree part-time whilst working as an engineer for a large oil and gas organisation.
She was listed as one of Management Today’s 35 under 35 in 2014. Upon completing her MBA, Kerrine worked with Senior Lecturer Ian Herbert on the subject of her dissertation, centres of excellence, turning it – with Ian’s help who is an expert in the field – into a publishable article.
Her MBA experiences have helped her overcome new challenges at work and accelerated her career within her organisation.
Why did you study for an MBA?
I was given the role as lead engineer for the living quarters of a North Sea oil platform. So all of sudden I was managing a team, handling personalities, which I wasn’t quite used to. As it is a male-dominated industry, it is very rare to have a female leading the team, so it is something which the team were not used to either. Being a natural introvert, the Loughborough MBA taught me how to utilise my existing skills to be a better leader. Additionally, a few of the modules that I took were to do with personal development and how to deal with different types of people, which I found very useful. Having learnt about other people’s experiences during the MBA and how they handled various situations, it made it easier to deal with my own, sometimes challenging, situations.
What did you enjoy most about the course?
A real highlight of the MBA was the two weeks in Aarhus, Denmark for the ESSAM international summer school module. It was amazing. You’re not only meeting people from the UK but all over the world. It was good just to share the experience that we had.
What was the most challenging aspect of the course?
At first I was slightly nervous about starting an MBA. Although I had the entry requirements, I was at the lower end of the scale in terms of years of professional experience. Luckily, I had been given a lot of responsibility early on in my career and that was a key factor in successfully completing the MBA.
How has the MBA benefited your career?
Career wise, many of the subjects covered during my MBA, particularly Strategy, the Business Environment and Accounting are coming in very useful at the moment in my current secondment as a contract development manager in sales. After completing my secondment I will have a better idea of where I want to go next with my career, and identify which opportunities are available.
What advice would you give to someone considering an MBA?
In terms of gaining an MBA, MBAs are not only useful within the workplace, but also for everyday life, to have a deeper understanding of economics when purchasing a house or understanding some of the decisions made by world leaders when reading the news, for example. Loughborough has the advantage of being excellent for sport, so for me, being a volunteer fitness instructor and training in taekwondo has greatly improved my confidence, public speaking and presentation skills.