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My key reasons for pursuing an MBA at Newcastle

I am Debaruna from India with eight years of work experience, and I would like to take this opportunity to pen down a little about myself and about my aspirations for the future.

My career progression pre-MBA

I completed my undergraduate degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering in 2012.

Soon after my graduation, I joined as an Associate System Engineer (ASE) in IBM India Pvt. Ltd. In the three years of my tenure in IBM, it was an immense learning curve since day one. This was my first experience in the corporate world. Picking up new skills, both technical and interpersonal. I was technically supporting a client application for a container shipping management tool.

In 2016, I joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), as a System Engineer followed by Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) as an Associate. Along with supporting client applications technically, I started taking up more functional roles. This is where I realized my newfound interest in understanding the business and management and how I could contribute in improving existing processes.

A pivotal change of perspective

In 2020 I was offered the position of a Senior Program Manager in Lam Research India Pvt. Ltd. This new role turned out to be extremely pivotal and changed the way I looked at my career. As a program manager, I was given the opportunity to work on multiple projects and interact with various stakeholders and business owners as a part of the Business Development and Sales Operations pilot group.

My communication skills and critical thinking has been a crucial enabler for me to gain customer/stakeholder trust. In a relatively short period of time, I was able to prove myself as one of the best performers and was rewarded on multiple occasions by senior management for my contribution. In addition to this, I was able to successfully hire new, most suitable recruits for our team and train them.

Why I chose to study an MBA

My work experience and education has enriched me with crucial skills; however, I felt a gap between my current qualifications and my future aspirations which I wanted to bridge. By pursuing an MBA I shall be able to give my career the path I wish to take. I envision myself in the role of a senior manager carrying out significant strategic developments, contributing to the growth of the organization and also to the growth of the people I work with.

Why Newcastle University Business School?

The MBA program from Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) appealed to me for various reasons, some of which are listed here.

Reputation: The primary reason is its prestigious reputation in the academic world. Not only is it a part of the ‘Russell Group’ universities, but the Business School holds triple accreditation: the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Relevant modules: Strategic Management and Managing for Innovation were something that I was keen on learning and the NUBS curriculum provides that. What’s unique about the program is its ‘Personal & Professional Transformation’(PPT) module and the ‘Business in Action’(BiA) module. The PPT module profiles the whole cohort as well as every individual, guiding us to choose a path best suited for us. Furthermore, the BiA module gives us an opportunity to visit company sites and understand their real business models, strategies and problems.

Diverse student cohort: The MBA cohort is a highly diverse one, based on demographics like age, gender, ethnicity and professional background. The diverse environment provides an enriching learning environment.

Scholarship: Additionally, I was awarded a 50% scholarship (Recognising Talent and Achievement in Leadership Scholarship) which influenced my choice as well.

Study location: Location also played an important factor in my choice. The United Kingdom (UK) is the powerhouse of business and development. This, most certainly, makes it an obvious choice for career growth and progress. In addition to that, the UK offers the best-in-class quality of education and student life. It is a global hub for aspirants from all over the world to unite, share ideas, share culture, and truly help develop each other. Newcastle is a student city with two major universities. My research showed that it is a safe, student friendly and vibrant city. Even though one might need some time to get used to the cold winters, it has been a pleasant experience so far.

Conclusion

Currently, I am focusing on continuing within the IT industry but transitioning into a senior management or a strategic decision making role. Having said that, I am also open to trying other roles as a second option, for example Management Consultancy or Marketing.

My MBA journey with NUBS so far has been nothing less than exhilarating and enriching and I am looking forward to embracing all opportunities and the challenges I might face after this journey.

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