By: Linda Groarke
MBA student from The Open University Business School, Linda Groarke, blogs about studying Finance on the FT MBA Blog.
So the module I was most dreading but keen to know the most about has started. Finance. It’ll run through the summer into October. There’ll be an exam at the end and two assignments to complete before successfully (I hope) passing the module and moving on to the penultimate year of my MBA.I say dreading but only because I feared my numeracy skills would not be up to the test. On the other hand, I was looking forward to studying the logic and meaning behind the numbers for two reasons:
- I enjoy a challenge and I knew reading and making sense of numbers would do just that.
- To make sense of financial information and statistics is important to me as I know that to have this ability is a key strength and a core competency that employers look for. To ‘read’ numbers and explain their meaning will put me at an advantage in my career progression and being the ambitious type, never settling for the here and now, I’m keen to add this important string to my bow.
I’m now three weeks into the course and so far, so good. I’m taking things nice and slowly. Reading and re-reading, practising and practising. Recognising my number-anxiety early helped me prepare and really focus. I knew I couldn’t afford to miss a trick. Keeping up and ahead on this module was/is the most important thing I know I need to do.
Before the course and in its early days I covered some old maths ground and picked my engineering husband’s brain here and there. Confidence soon grew and with each day continues to blossom. Thankfully.
It’s strange to think that some people are scared, terrified even, of maths. I know I was. Looking back over the years I think I can pinpoint the time when maths started to trick me into thinking it wasn’t for me. It was my first maths lesson at primary school. My teacher, whom I adored and looked up to (literally) introduced the new subject to the class as: “Today we’re going to learn something that is very, very hard. It’s called maths”. I remember taking an instant dislike to it!
Becoming more comfortable with numbers and building on my ability to extract meaning from them whilst communicating my interpretation is already proving its worth in the workplace.
And it shocks even me to say that of all the modules studied so far, finance, is by far my favourite.
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The Open University Business School joined the Global Business School Network in March of this year.