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Alumni Insights

Our Alumni are the ultimate ambassadors of the UCD Smurfit School learning experience. They provide the most concrete proof of the excellence that typifies our School. Watch the video below to find out more from alumni of the MSc in Management and the key role it has played in their career progression.  Or visit our MSc Alumni Stories page and Video Gallery to learn even more about the experiences of our graduates.

Abhiraj Mandyam

Abhiraj Mandyam, MSc in Management '20, Associate, PwC Ireland

The MSc management course gives you a strong foundation in Business management studies. The joy of discussing subjects like economics, corporate finance , strategy and marketing within a multicultural student and teacher community is unparalleled. The UCD Smurfit experience is world class because it’s not limited to just the classroom. I learned just as much outside. Be it via giving speeches in the Smurfit Toastmasters club, attending the Global Leadership Programme or even playing tag rugby with my classmates. These experiences have led me to believe that the MSc management course and the UCD Smurfit Community help create an environment that encourages curiosity and rewards initiative.

 

Kate Lenehan

Kate Lenehan, MSc Management '16, Strategic Account Manager at Facebook & Instagram

“Exactly what I was looking for. A really solid base in all subjects related to management. It provided me with an opportunity to develop my leadership, communication, creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The class itself was extremely diverse and provided a multi-cultural dynamic in which to develop teamwork skills, crucial in today’s business environment.” 

Umme Hani Yusuff

Umme Hani Yusuff, MSc in Management '20, Supply Chain Analyst at Abbott Diagnostics Business

The MSc in Management course gives a solid theoretical foundation with an overview of different disciplines in management studies. With a non-business background and desire to maneuver my career trajectory, this course assisted me to leverage on a field of interest while I worked around everything from economics, accounts,  to supply chain and marketing. Throughout the course, I had various assignments to evaluate and interact with real-time company data whilst recommending insights on the subject. Moreover, in the final semester, the business simulation project culminates all the learnings while you compete to survive in a mock-up business world and evaluate your decisions based on company finance, HR, marketing, pricing, market demographics and so on. Additionally, UCD Michael Smurfit promotes your holistics development in leadership, literature, soft skills and not to forget the extremely diverse and multi-cultural dynamic in your classrooms.

Conor Breen

Conor Breen, MSc Management '14, Global Brand Manager, Chivas Brothers

"UCD Smurfit School put me on the career path that I wanted to be on. I had obtained an undergraduate Law Degree but wanted to pursue a career in a business setting. The MSc in Management provided the platform for me to begin my first steps into the commercial sphere. The masters taught me how to identify and solve business problems in local and international settings. It enhanced my interpersonal and communication skills, skills that are now an important part of my day-to-day working life. There was a huge focus on teamwork and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with people from different cultures and varying backgrounds. The knowledge you attain at UCD Smurfit School is not left at the gates of Carysfort, it is something you take with you and can bring to any corner of the world. I currently work for Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard as Global Brand Manager in London."

 

Conor McGann, CSS Shopping ads Consultant, PerfX at Google,
MSc in Management 

UCD Business Alumni Network

UCD Business Alumni comprises a global network of over 98,000 graduates in over 100 countries. The key focus of UCD Business Alumni is to help our business graduates keep in touch with colleagues, classmates, academics and the wider business community through a range of alumni activities and supports. Our goal is to create a strong alumni community and network, with the school as the focal point.  We are focused on building a life-long mutually beneficial relationship with graduates to ensure that they are constantly informed and engaged through regular events, reunions and communications. 

Find out more about the UCD Business Alumni Network and how you can become involved.

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