Paul H Mason (MBA 2002)

Paul H Mason MBA, 2002
Director, Partnerships – ANZ

What was I doing when I decided to do the MBA
Prevaricating about doing an MBA! Throughout my 20s I had been thinking about doing an MBA but at 32 took the decision it was now or never – so I applied, and the rest as they say….

Career wise, I had been in banking 10 years working in Europe, Asia and the Middle East across a number of different areas. I had though reached a point where I wanted to broaden my learning and experience, and open my mind to the business world beyond banking.

Why I chose Cranfield
It was actually a very easy decision. I looked at INSEAD (France) and LBS (UK) but felt that Cranfield better served me as someone who already had 10 years work experience. Also, its strong reputation, course structure and emphasis on personal development were compelling.

What I got out of it
For me, the Cranfield MBA really is an experience rather than simply a qualification. So, yes I have the useful three letters, but more importantly the year broadened my horizons and experience, enhanced my functional skills, helped me learn about myself as a team member and a leader, and allowed me to meet in a unique environment a great set of people.

The year is not without its stresses, tensions and frustrations, but for me it was a unique year, one of the most enjoyable and developmental of my life.