Facing My Fear of Corporate Finance – #EMBA27

Bola Akinsola Written by Bola Akinsola · 1 min read >

There are a number of MBA students across the country who feel uncomfortable or apprehensive about registering for certain academic subjects; typically, financial courses top that list. Needless to say, I was one of those students for the first 3/4 of my MBA journey. But then I had an epiphany of sorts and decided to challenge myself in this daunting field. First, however, a bit of background.
I knew that finance was arguably my Achilles heel when it came to subject matter comfortability. I had taken a couple of required finance courses as an undergraduate, and I admit that I was not the student receiving the highest accolades from my lecturers after each exam. So, when I was considering applying to Executive MBA at LBS, the strength and popularity of its finance curriculum scared me. Would I feel uncomfortable amongst my cohorts? Would I constantly be falling behind in said courses? I even told myself that I would only take the Brush-up classes and maybe I would understand the course. But that would be it. I never saw myself working in a financial position or working on financial models, so why even bother to use course credits in a subject matter that would not be directly applicable to my future career endeavors?
And then my epiphany occurred when we had our first session and all the Prof. was saying was sounding though familiar but confusing. The Prof. really brought down to the simplest method for those of us that have difficulties in the past and present.
I have put aside my fears and I told myself I can do it. 

Gradually reading the notes from classes, attending groups discussions, and asking questions during the sessions are making the course interesting and I think it’s not as tough as it is.
This newfound interest is not to say that I am sitting in the center of the front row, and am making contributions during the session, or am now considering a major career change. But I am beginning to now comprehend. I now understand the types of financial statements of accounts, Major account types, and the process of building financial statements, all thanks to the Prof. Akintola Owolabi for being a great Teacher.

Above all, it was naïve of me to think that I would not touch finance at some point in my future career. It will happen, and I will now be prepared. I will at least be a little more knowledgeable, and comfortable when sitting at conference tables with finance managers.

For those of you out there who are like me, and have apprehensions about a certain subject, whether it’s finance or not, I would highly recommend stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself. You have an amazing opportunity within an MBA program, and it is what you make of it. For me, I want to graduate as a very well-rounded business leader, and in order to do that, I had to face my fears of that daunting subject, that is Finance.
Conquer your fears always

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