I am now officially one month into my Masters of Business Management and Marketing Theory program at Limerick Institute of Technology. It LIT. The program is taught on Problem Based Learning which means all of our work is based on solving cases. Unlike the traditional learning approach, the key role of the program is to put students in a factual business issue scenarios. Our goal is to make an in-depth analysis of each project, discuss with our assigned groups, research solutions and present our findings to the rest of the class. This approach allows us to use real-world ramifications to solve every day problems that businesses face. Although this presents a challenge to many of the students, myself included, it truly is the best way to prepare us for the real world. Besides, I am always up for a challenge! Nothing great was ever accomplished while staying in one’s own ‘comfort zone’.
There is a large focus on critical thinking skills, research methods, and an ability to work in groups. The only individual work that I will complete this year will be my end of year dissertation, which I am very excited to announce… Sport in business: an analysis of how the positive influence of sport participation can be applied to develop good leadership in business. We have a Research Thesis Report and Presentation due before Christmas so I better get busy with that! I chose this topic because of my own personal experiences. I have met many people through my participation in sport, each of which I view as an effective leader. I believe the traits of a good leader steam from their foundation in sports. This thesis will be a good basis for my future career endeavors.
This year will be far from easy but I know this hard work will pay off. It is a bit frustrating when we have to balance two group projects on top of our thesis but I already feel as though I am growing from this experience.
Nothing worth having every comes easy!