Meet Oxford Saïd’s MBA Class Of 2018

Connor King 

Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Active, adventurous, Canadian management consultant passionate about the business of sport.

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Fun Fact About Yourself:  I’ve travelled to every continent except Antarctica.

Undergraduate School and Major: Ivey Business School, Western University. Honours in Business Administration

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Management Consultant, Accenture

Consulting Analyst, Accenture

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In my most recent engagement at Accenture, I managed a team that defined and implemented the value realization approach for a $75M+ technology transformation at Canada’s largest Crown Corporation.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? I found the best way to prepare for my GMAT was by using previous test questions from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) books. Although there were detailed tutorials and explanations in other prep books, I found these to be no substitute for practice tests.  By using the GMAC materials, I also ensured I was preparing at the appropriate level because I found that other resources (Kaplan, Princeton Review) had questions that were significantly different in expectation level than the actual questions found on the GMAT.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  When selecting schools, I was immediately drawn to Oxford Saïd’s mission of empowering students to take on new challenges and equipping them with the requisite skills to not only be successful in the workforce but more importantly to tackle global problems. I have been fortunate to have lived on three continents and have travelled to over twenty-four countries.  My international experience has motivated me to learn how business is conducted in different markets, a skill which I wish to continue to develop while at Saïd. I am excited to join a group of hard-working individuals from across the globe to think critically, learn from diverse cultures and engage in important discussions that ultimately produce industry-changing ideas.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Upon graduating from the Saïd program, I have aspirations of working in the sports talent management field as an agent. I have always been passionate about sport and am excited by the chance to combine these interests with my experience in consulting, where I developed strong client management skills and a sound business acumen. My goal is to work with one of the established global agencies such as CAA, IMG, or Octagon to hone my skills, learn directly from established agents and build a network within the industry.