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Brent Anthony Gormandy

Distance Learning MBA

Brent Anthony Gormandy
  • Lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Enjoys self-study from home and participating in online tutorials and discussions

Why did you decide to study an elective module at the Bradford campus?

I usually prefer self-study, so the online learning suited me. That said, I do appreciate live discussions with other learners as it exposes you to other perspectives and point of views which you do not get when studying alone.

What insight have you gained from the experience?

Working and studying is very demanding and it's easy to lose motivation. Studying in Bradford for a couple of weeks renewed my motivation to see the MBA to the end.

What was the best aspect of studying on the Bradford campus?

The environment is very conducive to learning. I also enjoyed the interaction and networking with my peers, I'm old fashioned and prefer face-to-face meetings than online. I got to meet a lot of people, Distance Learning and Executive MBA students attended the same modules. They were all from a range of different industries which created a great mix for many constructive class discussions.

How has this opportunity it helped you with your future career?

I attended two modules on my visit to Bradford, E-Business and Entrepreneurship. During these modules, a number of Bradford MBA graduates made presentations about their personal journey. Listening to their experiences has reminded me that anything is possible once you have the right mind set.

What are your ambitions for the future and plans after you graduate?

My mind is open with regards to the future. For some years now I have been feeling as though my career is in a bit of a rut. Pursuing the MBA has re-stimulated my creative mind that I thought was slowly dying.

I did not embark on the MBA with thoughts of becoming a CEO. Rather, it was to open my mind to the world of business, either to do something on my own or to take a more active role in the family business. So, as far as my future plans are concerned, I am exploring the ideas that come to mind which I will pursue shortly after I graduate.

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