It’s been a very long time since I last added a new post – about nine months – and a lot has happened. I have been working a for a while now. My final project turned into a permanent job and I now work as a manager at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. It is a sister organisation to the university and is the biggest hospital group in the UK. I work for the head of one the main delivery groups, which has about a £150 million revenue on its own, doing change management type projects, with a dose of strategy and new business development. It ticks my boxes in terms of career aspirations: working for a socially beneficial cause; working for a prestigous large organisation; and lots of opportunities to develop and be at the centre of things rather than an external contractor. I decided some time in the Spring that I didn’t want to be a consultant (for a long while at least – never say never). I am enjoying the ability to develop long term relationships and sidestep the barriers that a client/contractor dynamic can create. I certainly haven’t maximised the short term financial potential of my MBA but I am sure I will reap the tangible and intangible benefits over the long term
It is a very hectic time to join the NHS. Although the NHS is supposedly maintaining its budget in real terms, in fact demand is rapidly outstripping supply and in the hospital sector we are looking to make c.30% efficiency savings over the next 5 years. That means lots of cost cutting both of the salami slicing and the strategic innovation kinds.
I was reminded to update this blog because yesterday I was on a panel of people in front of a section of this year’s MBA cohort talking about my experiences and trying to get people to come and do MBA projects in my new organisation. A couple of the audience members actually told me they recognised me from reading my blog – great stuff! I am writing this blog back in the Imperial Central library because I got an extension on my final project and am now frantically writing up the work I did over the summer at the Trust (which turned into a job). One of the reasons I stopped writing my blog was that I spent much less time in the library working where blogging is the ideal way to distract yourself. Now I am back finishing my project blogging is a good distraction again.
How do I feel about my MBA now? It was a great year and I have accomplished my objectives and more. There is a lot being written about how MBAs aren’t what they used to be. Perhaps that’s true but they are very useful nonetheless. Mine has given me a great set of tools that I have been using nearly everyday in my new job. I have made new friends and developed a great network. I have made a role and sector change, albeit one that made sense with my past experience. The MBA cannot work magic, but if you really work on getting the most out of it, it cannot fail to be a great investment. I am hearing of quite a few people getting great jobs already. Many are yet to get the job they want but I am sure they will get there.
I really enjoyed writing my blog. I considered starting another one but I am really busy and feel that I shouldn’t add another demand on my time, so…. farewell!