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MBAs: only the toughest need apply

New year resolutions can be about more than diet and exercise. A recent poll by the Institute of Leadership and Management suggests that 37% of employees plan to quit their job this year, with more than half of them doing so to look for ways of moving up the career ladder.

And some of these people will be making contact with a business school. “We see a sharp rise in interest in our programmes at the start of the year,” said David Simpson, an admissions director at London Business School. “Our January MBA application is our largest, with more than 40% of the eventual class applying by then. For many others, it is the new year that prompts them to start researching business education options, especially those looking at part-time programmes such as our Executive MBA and Masters in Finance.” The next application deadline, for the course starting in mid-August, is February 27.

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My MBA: Eric Barnett of Société Générale Private Banking Hambros

ERIC BARNETT, an economics graduate, joined NatWest’s international division in 1983 hoping for overseas travel. Instead he spent three years in its City office on Threadneedle Street before joining Hambros as a lending officer. He has worked at the bank, which was acquired by Société Générale in 1998, ever since, and was appointed chief executive of the private banking operation seven years ago. Barnett studied for his executive MBA at City University (now Cass) Business School, from 1994 to 1996.

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I’ll have an MBA with engineering on top

Jill Russell completed a master’s in management straight after her undergraduate degree. So two decades later, when the 43-year-old started thinking about boosting her qualifications to embark on her next career step, she felt that the most obvious choice — an MBA — would be like going over old ground.

“I had a master’s in health service administration, so I had already studied a lot of those main areas,” she said. “But over the past five years I had noticed an absence of women at the top of organisations in my sector. I realised that having additional academic education could help me with my transformation and give me confidence to apply for a chief executive role in the future.”

With that in mind, she decided on an international master’s in practising management, an alternative to an MBA that is taught across five sites — at Lancaster University in the UK, but also at business schools in India, China, Brazil and Canada.

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