James Graham

Meet James Graham who decided to pursue an MBA at the University to gain a broader understanding of the management and organisation structures. He is currently the Global Head of Network Operations at TP ICAP.

Current job roleGlobal Head of Network Operations
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyMasters of Business Administration

Stepping up

Former network architect, James Graham, decided to pursue an MBA at the University of Hertfordshire to understand more about the companies that he had been working for. James had particularly taken an interest in the management of the companies he had worked for and wanted to find out more about the day-to-day running of an organisation. Since starting the MBA at the University of Hertfordshire, James has progressed from his technical role to a senior management role and he says the MBA was extremely helpful in making this transition. He also acknowledged that his time on the programme allowed him to reflect on his current role and made him decide to transition towards a more creative career, which involves more studying.

University experience

James says that he greatly enjoyed his time spent during the MBA and emphasises that the support given to him was invaluable. He states that ‘the time available for instruction, discussion and reflection was much greater than anything afforded to work-related tasks, and it was intellectually stimulating to immerse in topics for several days at a time. In this manner, ideas can become part of you.’

The MBA programme provides students with the knowledge of theoretical ideas, gives them opportunities to discuss these with the rest of their cohort and subsequently allows them to apply these ideas in the workplace. James says, ‘While it’s a cliché to say that an MBA is transformational, it has been for me. I’m quite a different person after attending the programme. I’m ambitious and hungry again, I’m driven to push myself harder toward my goals, I’m confident to speak my mind, and I’m less afraid to take risks and go in new directions. The MBA helped me to get better at my job and achieve great results.’

In addition to providing practical skills, the MBA also has a demanding academic element. James advises students who are considering the MBA that it is a full-time commitment and requires time and dedication. However, he speaks enthusiastically about the programme – ‘I wouldn’t change a thing. I may not have appreciated how had the first semester was going to be, particularly in terms of academic rigour in written submissions but it got a little easier once I found my pace.’

The MBA programme provides impeccable teaching and imparts skills that are transferable within a wide range of careers. James is currently using the skills he has learnt to explore a more creative career in the music industry. He says ‘I’m eager to see what I can accomplish in a creative role. I have no doubt that the MBA will be immensely useful when working in the music business; two of the greatest things about an MBA are its utility and its portability across industries.’

‘While it’s a cliché to say that an MBA is transformational, it has been for me. I’m quite a different person after attending the programme. I’m ambitious and hungry again, I’m driven to push myself harder toward my goals, I’m confident to speak my mind, and I’m less afraid to take risks and go in new directions. The MBA helped me to get better at my job and achieve great results.’