After nine years in a plethora of different roles – in technology, software sales, business development and real estate – Max Frank recognized that he could use his skills and experience for more lasting results.
He decided to enroll in the full-time MBA program at Warwick Business School (WBS) to hone his management and leadership skills before relaunching his career.
“I knew I was ready to make the big pivot and change careers and doing an MBA was the answer to that,” Max says.
It paid off. After his MBA, he obtained a senior executive position at Capgemini Invent, the consulting, digital innovation and business transformation unit offering expertise in strategy, technology, data science and creative design.
Career path to an MBA
Five years before starting an MBA, Max had a growing interest in sustainability and felt he had a role to play in the new green economy.
“I started having this idea that I wanted to contribute my energy to do a little bit better,” Max says, “I wanted to do a role where I could build a career into something of my own, make a lot of money and be able to contribute.”
Sustainability-focused MBAs are more prevalent in the EU and UK than in the US, so Max decided to move from Texas to the UK.
After researching potential b-schools, WBS was on its radar as a top university – ranked the best MBA program in the UK according to The Economist – with progressive sustainability modules throughout the curriculum. Additionally, it had a strong international cohort, with 93% of the 2022 MBA admission coming from outside the UK.
Max’s final decision was clear once he spoke to staff members and former students.
“Since my first interview, everyone I spoke to at Warwick felt good, it sounds silly, but I felt really good vibes,” he says.
The WBS MBA
At the Warwick MBA, students begin with core modules designed to provide a solid foundation in management, business and leadership. These include financial management, innovation and strategic entrepreneurship, LeadershipPlus – includes a series of experiential workshops, lectures, seminars and case studies – business reporting and decision making, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior and strategic thinking.
Max says the MBA has directly helped him succeed in this current role, particularly in understanding how to navigate the internal politics of large organizations such as Capgemini, which has 290,000 employees.
“I’ve always had a decent instinct for dealing with people, but there have been so many moments that I think back to the LeadershipPlus course and an elective course I took in Leadership in the Art of Judgment, which left me have definitely helped in many situations,” says Max.
Students choose four options from several options such as digital transformation, international business, entrepreneurship and new business creation, negotiation theory and practice and many more.
“I loved the elective period where we could choose a ton of sustainability-related modules, this alongside classes at The Shard with my cohort and being able to enjoy socializing with everyone,” comments Max.
WBS has recently incorporated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) teaching into core modules. This emphasizes that sustainability is no longer a “choice” in business and allows students to approach sustainability as a complex topic.
At the end of the one-year MBA program, WBS students have the option of undertaking either a strategic consulting project or a dissertation.
WBS Career Insight Support
Because Max wanted to launch a career in sustainability, he turned to WBS’s Career Services for help customizing his resume and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and getting a job after graduation. diploma.
“They helped me showcase all the different roles I’ve had in life, provided me with great ideas on how to condense and format my resume differently.”
For more advice, Max reached out to Warwick’s alumni network – which stretches to over 53,000 graduates worldwide – and was surprised by their reciprocity and friendliness.
“The alumni network was probably the most valuable way to connect with any organization because we had a lot of alumni in almost every major global organization,” he adds, “I found that these people were always so receptive, not a single person ignored me.”
Manager at Capgemini Invent
After graduation, 63% of WBS MBAs change industries and 93% find employment within three months. So it’s no surprise that after graduating, Max got a new senior management role within the sustainability solutions team at Capgemini Invent.
Max says he was able to merge his previous experience in technology with his newfound passion for sustainability. His responsibilities are broad and include leading teams to strategize on how technology companies can become greener.
“We work with the entire Capgemini Invent organization to integrate sustainability into projects with retail, automotive, or energy and utility clients,” says Max.
Beyond his education and role, Max says his MBA has supported his personal development, his understanding of how different cultures interact in a work environment, and the need for holistic global sustainable goals.