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Siddharth Shankar

I ventured into business in 2008 when I founded my first company under which I applied a proprietary technique for recycling bio-hazardous medical material. In hindsight I made small mistakes in supply chain and operations and may not have been able to grow the business, but luckily the company was acquired by a larger organisation. Launching my first company and leading its acquisition without any management experience or industry knowledge gave me confidence, provided valuable experience, and inspired me to create additional future business endeavours.

My drive to learn more about how the business world works led me to my second venture which later merged with another company. I went on to found two additional companies in 2012 - an investment banking company and a parent company, SG Holdings Company. Both of these companies are currently operational and growing.

I have been through my fair share of highs and lows in business, but overall it has been a rather satisfactory and incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. I take pride in what I have achieved so far without any formal education in business but I believe that it's important to learn as a part of a group which affords one the benefit of others' expertise.

And that’s what brings me to Strathclyde, the ‘place of useful learning’. An MBA from Strathclyde equips experienced executives from a variety of backgrounds with the know-how, skills and strategic orientation to sustain and scale business in today’s global businesses. Developing ambitious managers into entrepreneurial, strategic business leaders, the Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme, it's a stimulating, challenging, life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.

The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. Students share their varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills. The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open- thinking, adaptive learner. This is facilitated through enhanced understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in management. In particular it: facilitates the move from technical specialism to general management.

My diverse professional experience since college has included financial services, commercial banking and defined contribution consulting. My goals have evolved through experience in those diverse settings, and my goal today is to polish the skills and enhance personal abilities to work in my own business organisation. I aimed to enhance my technical skills such as finance and accounting and also to build my analytical skills such as corporate strategy and strategic planning. I needed interpersonal skills to lead cross- cultural and cross-functional team to motivate experts in finance, accounting, sales ,marketing ,engineering and operations.

Strathclyde has taught me all this and more. It has made me realise that personal satisfaction also plays a key role in my career decision. While monetary rewards are of practical importance, true job satisfaction springs from the opportunity to grow and learn within an industry. I enjoy acquiring new skills and information, which help me to adapt to the fast-changing world, as well as pique my interest in innovation.

I would happily recommend the MBA to interested people. The reason is rather simple – it is a place of useful learning. The statement is self-explanatory and impactful for people in pursuit of excellence. Secondly, if one is worthy, one is recognised. I was awarded a scholarship owing to my work experience and social impact. At Strathclyde, we have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate our skill set and its impact and be recognised for it.

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University of Strathclyde
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