Chris Frey – class of 2017

Chris, from South Africa, returned to his studies in 2017 and chose The Bath MBA to “refresh and improve” his business knowledge. We spoke to him to find out how the course helped him and what stood out.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at Bath?

It’s been ten years since I graduated from university, so it felt like a good time to refresh and improve my business knowledge, especially in ‘new’ areas like sustainability, big data and social media. I also wanted to learn more about different industries and business functions to build up more commercial acumen. I chose Bath due to its flexibility in structuring the course content.

What should applicants think about when deciding to do an MBA?

Be sure of a good cultural fit with the school. The Bath MBA is more collaborative than competitive, unlike some other top schools, and there’s a real sense of camaraderie and friendship within the cohort. It’s a small cohort, so you build good relationships with almost everyone – but that also means there’s no place to hide and everyone is expected to make a contribution. You also need to be clear about what you want to achieve from the course from quite early on, and structure your MBA so that you achieve it.

What stands out from your Bath MBA experience?

The Multi-Project Suite is a big differentiator for Bath. Instead of just doing one big dissertation, we do five independent projects, providing a much broader experience. I have worked with three companies, ranging from a large corporate, to a travel startup and an award-winning app, spanning topics like strategy, data and artificial intelligence. A highlight for me was our entrepreneurship project. I led a team to start a platform in the travel technology space which we pitched to an external panel and ended up winning the main prize.

How have you profited?

Personal development underpins the program. I learned a lot about myself and my leadership style. I feel like I’ve gained a lot of confidence. We also worked in very diverse groups throughout the year, so you get a good feel for your role in a team and how adaptable you need to be when working with people from all different backgrounds. The pace of the course is incredibly fast and my multi-tasking skills have definitely improved!

What are your plans for the future?

I’m looking to work in a fast-growing London-based company with strong values that offers broad exposure to the business and the opportunity to make an impact. I’d like to focus more on the commercial side of the business where I can put my analytical skills and keen interest in data and strategy to good use. As a chartered accountant, I feel at home in the finance function and the MBA has broadened my skill set to enable me to reach the CFO level in the next few years.