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July 05, 2013

Me and MBE; Reflections of WMG Graduate Rasmus Gejl Kristensen

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I've recently been in communication with WMG Alumni . Rasmus commenced study at WMG on the MSc in Management for Business Excellence (MBE) following completion of his B.Eng. in Global Management and Manufacturing engineering at Aarhus University in his home country of Denmark.

He thoroughly enjoyed his graduation ceremony at Warwick in January and has since written to us to share his thoughts and experiences of his time studying the MSc in Management for Business Excellence and how it is helping him now in his career.

Here's what Rasmus had to say...

It was really nice being back for the graduation, which for me was a very memorable experience. I have never experienced anything like that before. The atmosphere around the whole ceremony really made me feel proud of my accomplishment.

Since completing my studies at WMG, I found a job as a Production Engineer at Siemens Windpower where my role is to develop new production concepts and introduce new products for production. It's a role where one of my main responsibilities is to link everything together into a whole assembly concept. I have to 'translate' what is being done at an engineering level into a manufacturing process with quality standards, assembly equipment, operators etc. and all with a sound and robust business case.
Additionally my role is to work as a consultant which means I also have to bring in new knowledge and thereby increase the existing level of knowledge within the department who hired my support. In other words I have a clear customer supplier relationship, internally speaking, where I need to produce excellent products in the shape of assembly concepts for my customer to buy.

Since starting my job and undertaking my responsibilities, it's really brought my mind back to MBE and its learning environment. We had to solve a problem by gathering knowledge and bringing it all together in a group presentation. The level of our results highly depended on our skills and ability to work as a team, which involved all sorts of challenges. I knew from what I was told, that this would also be the case when we got a job, but I did not really believe it. I'd thought of a job as being different because you have the risk of being fired and other factors such as being paid - things that made me doubt that working in a job-team would be as challenging as an MBE team. But now I've come to realise that how we were learning on the course really is true to life as to how things are in industry. I have the same challenges in my job team as in all the MBE teams I was in.
So did MBE provide me with the skills to handle this? The answer would be yes and in two ways; firstly the whole method in how we learned without having any 'lectures' as such and secondly the post learning reflection through blogs. Nobody is telling you what to do or how to solve the problem. Instead it all depends on your abilities to gain knowledge from different sources and bring it all together for a robust solution. In this process you will hit some obstacles in different shapes which I personally overcame by reflecting on the situation as we did when blogging about MBE.

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I surely enjoyed my time at Warwick in the MBE environment. It was hard and required a lot of work but at the same time it was fun. And that only becomes better now in knowing that my effort is being acknowledged and utilised in my current job. One thing I'm sure of is that if you enjoy working in the MBE environment, you will love to work in the real life. In industry, you do not have the same level of a 'safe environment' that you have throughout the learning on MBE, but now in the workplace, I have already been praised for how I work and that is basically just for being a MBE student.

I want to say thank you to the Course Leader, Paul Roberts for all the guidance throughout the year and for his inspiring personality.
I am really happy about my current situation and my choice of taking MBE as an M.Sc. I don't know what the future will bring, but I know I will be ready and I'm looking forward to it!

You can read more about Rasmus's story on his Alumni profile.
Rasmus is open to questions, so if anyone would like to know more about his job or how MBE has helped him, feel free to leave me a comment and ask.

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