A Flexible Friend for Your Career

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Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON

When so many institutions offering MBA courses emphasise the importance of facilities and the opportunities to network with future business leaders your fellow students can studying online ever really cut it? While an accredited MBA programme, such as those at the University of London, may offer great flexibility and value for money the MBA course costs a competitive [pounds sterling]10-11k and takes between two and five years do employers take it as seriously as a twoyear programme of lectures and assignments which requires a career break? Jamie Lee, a 40-year-old project manager with Vodafone, looking to finish his MBA in international management from the University of London this year, never felt he was missing out. "On the London external programme, the international students far outweigh the UK students but we do have an opportunity to meet in person through plenary sessions and via email," he says.

"I was struck by the fantastic variety of people from all over the word. Some were in senior positions and varied in age from recent undergraduates to those in their late forties. Their professional backgrounds were similarly mixed, including telecoms and the civil service." For the MBA and MSc courses on the

London external programme you attend 120 hours of face-to-face plenary sessions in either London or hong Kong, providing a valuable opportunity to network with academic staff and fellow students. You are also assigned a tutor and receive careers guidance and study skills support. essays and group work via online tutor-assisted seminars are assessed.

Jamie chose a distance learning course because he was working offshore in Jersey when he started in January 2006. …

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