IE Business School Online Masters
Jason Andrew Jason Andrew
“Regional Sales Manager for Financial Services Partners (Australia).
Have worked in financial services for the past 13 years in Venture Capital, Tax Analyst as a Financial Adviser and now am involved in Sales and Distribution as well as Practice Management for Financial Advisers. In 2006 started my own organic juice company and organic online home delivery website. Sold in 2008. Happily married to Katrina and a healthy son Maximus.

Hold a Masters in International Studies, Bachelor in Social Science, Adv Diploma in Financial Planning.”


Jason Andrew
May 31, 2010
Shanghai residential period

I recently returned from our 2 week residential period in Shanghai. The first 2 days were exams and on the 3rd day we presented our business plans for the Entrepreneurship class. This was done at the Spanish pavilion at the World Expo. We are a lucky group because we will be the only ones who get to go to the Expo as part of the period.

The 2 weeks were a wonderful experience, not only because of the city, but also because it was an excellent opportunity to catch up with the rest of the class. We’d all met for 2 weeks in Madrid 6 months before and had been avidly reading each others posts in the online class discussion. However, it was very special to be able to bond closer to so many great people I now consider friends for life. In fact our class has pretty much decided that we want to have an annual reunion, to be held anywhere in the world. People kept telling me that the greatest benefit they got from an EMBA was the networks. Well, I’d have to agree, although it is not just the networks, because we are all very experienced in our field, but the camaraderie you have with someone who is going through the same journey as you are with the IE Executive MBA.

As for Shanghai and China…amazing. You really need to go there to believe it. What they are doing in China and the scale they have is beyond imagination and it is hard to fathom what they are achieving whilst the rest of the world is going through a financial crisis.

Study trip to Port of Shanghai.


Jason Andrew
March 8, 2010
…finally found some time to do my first post

When I first volunteered to do a blog for the International Executive MBA…last November 09! I thought “that shouldn’t be too hard, surely I can find some time to put up a couple of words here and there”…mmm, well, it turned out that that was a little bit naive. Being part of the November IXMBA class is a wonderfully enriching experience, the trade off is that it costs a lot of time…but don’t be discouraged, the cost of time is well worth the outcome you receive!

We have 31 students from 22 countries. Sectors represented include, manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, law, advertising, logistics, non for profit, consulting, IT, food technology, aeronautics, tourism, building and construction, engineering, nuclear physics, pharmaceuticals and a few experienced in start ups. It is a very diverse group. We have lawyers, CFOs, biologists, chemists, aeronautical engineers, nuclear scientists, our fair share of people in funds management and financial advising, company owners, people living as ex-pats in other countries, ex-university professors and someone who made a lot of money building and selling an internet start up – you’ll have to ask them what the website was about ;-).   So as you can see, life online with an IE Masters is not a lonely experience, you get to share it with amazing people who become your friends for life.

In the IXMBA we work in groups of 5-7 people and the work load is roughly like this:  Each week your group works on 3 assignments, these get submitted the following week on the Monday/Tuesday. This is followed by an open class discussion on the assignment topics with all 31 students…that is 3 class discussions happening simultaneously, these are guided by the professor who asks various questions and steers the direction of the conversation. These are very deep discussions and the learning experience is a lot greater than what I expected. Unlike being in a class you can’t just say what comes to mind, in an online course your contribution is there for all to see, so a lot of thought generally goes into a post. The discussions are open from Tuesday to Friday for students to participate where they can in different time zones. At the end of the week for some subjects there is a short quiz. The catch is, that whilst you are having the 3 class discussions, you are also working with your group to put together next weeks assignments, plus of course working full time.

All work is done in forums and is very easy to follow, and being online you obviously use other tools. In skyping with one of my colleagues in my group we were talking about the work load and then about our experience. At the end we decided that if you are going to get an EMBA from one of the best business schools in the world, it is normal for it to be challenging. In a strange kind of way it would be disappointing if it was too easy…but it is a hell of a lot of fun!

Cheers
Jason


 
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