The quest started two years ago.
I was doing quite well at work. I was working with interesting technologies and great developers. But I knew something was missing when getting to bigger scheme of things. I realised, it is not just enough to make things work in a business – it is equally essential to know how things work – to grow and lead. My quest for business education started right then.
I started exploring the options for high quality business education at reasonable cost. I was damn sure not to shell out thousands of dollars and get into debt.
In 2018, I signed up for HBX CoRE, which is currently rebranded as HBS Online CoRE. It is sort of a mini MBA from Harvard, taught by the same business school professors, using the popular case study method. I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 courses – financial accounting, economics and business analysis. It exposed me to internals of business and I wanted more.
In 2019, I applied and got into LEAD personal leadership program from Stanford GSB. I always had a great admiration for Stanford and didn’t think for a second before signing up. Though it costed much more than CoRE, it covered a gamut of leadership topics that are very appropriate for the stage of my career. I enjoyed all 8 courses over the year, with a special liking for “Power to Lead” by Jeffrey Pfeffer. I also expanded my professional network during this time.
I still felt incomplete without all the hard business skills. That’s when I came across the rebranded Quantic EMBA (I knew them from their Smartly days).
Here are the top 3 reasons why I decided to sign up and pursue my EMBA with them.
- Microlearning model – I prefer byte-sized learning methods (I love Duolingo!) and this perfectly fits my schedule with an young family)
- Truly global cohort – A big difference from the big university programs, is the diversity of learners in Quantic. In my batch for example, I can find learners from Alaska to Papua New Guinea and beyond. It’s just amazing
- Cost effectiveness – The program is priced reasonably and I can gain all the skills plus a real degree, all at a fraction of an EMBA cost from a traditional university
I am starting my courses this weekend. I plan to document my journey through the EMBA program, one post every month. I hope I can keep this schedule 🙂
Wish me luck in my journey! If you need some inputs or suggestions about all the programs I did, feel free to drop me a note. Happy learning!