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Dheeraj Shekhar

After graduating with my first degree, I worked with the risk consulting practice of KPMG in India for three and a half years. My job there was to understand clients' operations, analyse the risk component involved, assess the adequacy of implemented controls and advise on industry best practices to mitigate those risks.

The nature of my job included interaction and consulting to globally leading multinational corporations. In order to continue dealing with such renowned clients in a managerial capacity, I needed a global outlook and a strategic perspective on business. I wanted to add a cutting edge to my existing skill set and an elite global MBA programme appealed to me as one such tool which could help me stand me out in the workplace and offer an avenue to augment my professional skills.

It was Strathclyde MBA’s emphasis on strategy that made it my first choice. The final part of the Strathclyde MBA includes four subjects on strategy (3 compulsory and 1 elective) which also involves a live strategic consulting project. Clients always appreciate interacting with consultants who can reflect a strategic bent of mind and frame their deliverable accordingly. Gaining that perspective on strategy through the MBA was certainly a big win for me. It also gave me the option to potentially move my career into Strategy Consulting.

Many of my friends, who have studied MBAs at various international universities, have complained that their course was either too pragmatic or too theoretical. I think the best part of the Strathclyde MBA is that it has a real active mix of conceptual and contemporary/cognitive learning. We had subjects like Managing People in Organisations (MPIO) and Operations Management which investigate in depth the different human resource and quality production fundamentals respectively. However, we also simultaneously had a flavour of absolutely novel modules such as Exploring International Business Environment (EIBE) and EML (Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership), which very practically explored the contemporary trends in the workplace. Study of these trends is certainly very helpful for modern business leaders to adapt to and accelerate their career.

A major part of the learning came from interacting with my fellow participants, who hailed from 16 different nationalities all across the globe. It was enriching to discuss different managerial issues with friends from Thailand, India, Japan, Uruguay, China, Nigeria, Ukraine, US and so on. My colleagues came from wide backgrounds such as Construction, Economics, Consulting, Pharmaceutical, IT, Entertainment, Journalism, Banking, Hospitality. They also had a broad experience range, from three to 15 years in start-ups, family owned, private sector and public sector enterprises.

It was those frequent active and healthy discussions that not only gave me new opinions and perspectives on all manner of issues but also opened doors to new subjects and domains which I was completely unaware of or had little knowledge about.

Secondly, a big thing in today's workplace is cultural adaptation and tolerance. The Strathclyde MBA is the perfect laboratory for potential business leaders to develop themselves with a multinational attitude. The group work in each module often comes up with issues of communicating, understanding, maintaining work quality, setting timelines, reviewing progress etc. among people from all sorts of backgrounds and expectations. These issues among course members give each other a testing place to develop their reactions in dealing with such issues, which helps them avoid getting their fingers burnt in the real world work place.

The course has a healthy mix of some academically inspired faculty members and also some practically experienced business leaders, who have actually been there on the ground. It was a great learning opportunity. I particularly remember Dr Ron Bradfield who taught the EIBE module, who by the virtue of his vast global experience could narrate us his stories in each of our class participants' respective nations and beautifully link it up with the module being taught. Support staff, including the MBA Careers Service division, made the journey much easier and smoother.

I have made some really great friends from all across the world and I am sure most of these friends will become industry leaders within their respective fields in the next 10 years. I am graduating from an MBA course which has massively broadened my outlook from an Indian/Asian angle to a global perspective.

The biggest immediate benefit, though, is that the MBA Careers Service immensely helped me to strategise my entry into the British job market. The right mix of training and guidance from them helped me secure a job with a Big4 audit firm in Scotland.

I would certainly recommend the Strathclyde MBA. It is great value for money, has a novel and contemporary course structure and has a great reputation as a top 10 British business school, while it also provides access to the UK job market and an avenue to explore the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Doing the Strathclyde MBA was also an excellent opportunity to develop a network of great friends/professionals from varied industries across the globe.

Should any interested candidate wish to explore further about the course and my personal encounters with it, please feel free to email me at dheeraj@shekhar.co.in or reach me over LinkedIn.

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