Jack McMenzie from the UK
Why did you choose the Master’s programme in Managing People, Knowledge and Change at Lund University?
“I was born here in Sweden and lived here for a few years, so it’s great to be back in the country where it all started for me! I have a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the UK. During my studies, I spent a year working in a technology company in London as an intern, where I was subject to a radical organisational change programme which, well let’s just say, wasn’t executed so well. Witnessing the chaos and disruption that organisational change can induce first-hand inspired me to study this programme in order to understand not only my own experience, but how to help organisations better implement organisational change in the future.”
What is the programme like?
“In terms of the theoretical approach, which is rooted in organisational development, leadership and management, I think there is a huge emphasis on reflectivity and being critical. What I mean by this is avoiding taking things at face value and to instead explore
alternatives and question your assumptions. I think this is important not only when it comes to writing a paper, but also to become a more well-rounded person who is keen to explore things in their own unique way.
If I had to pick one word to describe the Swedish approach to teaching, at least at the postgraduate level, I would say it’s very friendly. Coming from undergraduate studies with around 200 people to a Master’s programme nudging just above 50 people was a great experience. The class is diverse, with newly graduated students all the way to experienced fighter pilots, and everything in between. The seminars are in small groups of 15–20 which is great for learning and getting to know your classmates. The teachers are fantastic at what they do and have matching enthusiasm. There’s a good balance between individual and group work, with most group work occurring in the seminars. The workload is definitely a step up from the Bachelor’s level, there's lots more reading, but the variety of work and the interesting topics you’ll cover make it really fun.”
What are your recommendations for future Lund University students?
“Despite being heavily involved in the student union Lundaekonomerna at Lund University School of Economics and Management, I was able to achieve my desired grades while also making the most of the amazing student life here. I want to stress how great the student experience is too. From this I’ve made friends for life and have had unforgettable experiences and I encourage you to do the same to get the most out of Lund besides a great degree!”