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Maeve Maddock who is originally from the Dunmore Road, Co Waterford is a graduate of the MBA in WIT. Maeve has spent time using her education to travel the world and since returning to Waterford decided to come to WIT to undergo ta masters in business.
What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?
Given that I both live and work in Waterford, WIT was the natural choice for me coupled with the reputation for an excellent MBA course on offer.
What was your motivation for choosing this course?
An MBA was something I always aspired to do. It may have been prompted by my early career in the USA where I was exposed to the weight employers placed on an MBA that inspired me. I also reached the stage in my career where I had reached a senior management position at a finance level but was looking for a way to round my career at a leadership level,
What have you done in life prior to studying here?
Travel is one of my core passions in life and I count myself as extremely lucky to have been able to travel and work all around the world.
What words of advice do you have for new students?
While it is tough managing both working and studying, it is the relationships you form with your classmates that gets you through. They become your support network while you navigate the balance of deadlines and group work. The thought provoking debates and focus on peer to peer learning and exposure to business across all different sectors is invaluable.
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
The trip to Boston with the international module has to be the highlight of the MBA with the exposure to both international lectures and inner workings of American business was extremely insightful and brought alive many of the subjects undertaken with clear application to the International business world.
How did you manage your work life study balance?
There was sacrifices made with social life, and the balance came with the social element of the debates in class and the group work. There were many fun times, and the camaraderie of the group is what works and makes it all worthwhile.
How has this course helped your career development?
I have recently been promoted to the Regional Centre Head with responsibility for the Eishtec/Infosys Delivery Centres in Ireland. I truly believe the work undertaken with the MBA over the two years enabled me to develop skills that will allow me to be successful within the role and I look forward to embedding many of the learnings from the MBA into practice.
How did your experience at WIT help get you to where you are now?
The professional network gained through the two years at WIT both with lecturers and fellow students I feel will be a strong network which i will tap into over the future of my career.
Anything you'd like to add
The MBA while one of the most challenging two years was also the best two years of my life, and I would highly recommend anyone at a stage in their career where they may need an extra push to navigate either career choice or personal development, the return is extremely rewarding.