Prior to the trip saying yes to writing about this experience, initially I figured
I would be able to write a quick post about lessons learned and be done. Being fresh
off the international trip, my current thoughts about the overall experience: I don’t
know that I’ll ever be able to fully process all the lessons learned because the experiences
will continue to forever shape and mold me. For right now, here’s my best shot at
reflecting on the trip of a lifetime.
I would say this trip was life-changing in the fact that it opened up my perspective globally to give me context around the possibilities that are available. As far as individual growth we each gained from this experience, I feel energized and encouraged about potential growth. Because of what was said in the business meetings - specifically about what they’re looking for in candidates, it now gives me insight which allows me to improve those skills.
This trip is going to impact my future in countless ways. Personally, I will continue to look back to our visit at Google and glean the most simply from hearing how Lauren Walls got to where she is. For me a large part of learning is about listening to how other people got where they are and being able to apply that to my own life. I will always go back to her advice because after this trip, I would love any opportunity to work abroad.
The thing that stood out most to me outside of the history and pure beauty of these places was the people we met along the way. We met with a wide range of individuals including: Sir Michael Arthur the President of Boeing UK and former British diplomat, Siobhan Healy a Scottish glassblower, Lauren Walls of Google London, all the way to our Blue Badge tour guides Trudy, Vivien and Mo. All of these people had experiences and advice to pass along that is valuable in propelling a group like ours forward into our careers.
Another component of this trip that made it worthwhile was how everything related back to our coursework. Being able to hear real world context of how the issues within our courses played out in the actual company we were talking to, showed how applicable the things we learn in the classroom apply to a broad scope of industries. For example, turnaround strategies with Ardgowan Estate to management changes with Media Scotland.
To conclude, the question has been asked: Would I recommend this to someone thinking about the program? The answer is: YES. YES. YES. To put it in context, I’m finding it hard to condense this post because I can’t say enough wonderful things about this trip. This experience is one that is a defining part of the Auburn MBA Program because not only are you growing individually, networking with incredible people, and gaining a global business perspective, but you’re growing in your relationship with your colleagues as well. I had several conversations with people, imagining where our group is going to be come December (post-graduation) and then 10 years down the road – the possibilities are endless. Our group is a special mix of people because we make each other better every single day and this trip allowed us to exercise those strengths outside of the classroom – and because of all these things that’s why this trip was the trip of a lifetime.
MBA Candidate, Auburn University, ‘16