It was due to the diversity of both the students and subjects. There were quite a number of lecturers who worked in the City thereby providing useful practical business skills and expertise.
I decided to study Master of Business Administration (MBA) because it promised to equip me with broad skills necessary for running a business, including leadership. I am pleased to say that it did!
The networking and team project work with fellow students. I enjoyed my International Law optional course as it offered me a good basis for my global executive career.
The lifelong friends and networks I made. I loved the atmosphere at Middlesex. The lecturers and students were from diverse backgrounds which encouraged us to think outside the box.
As Middlesex University grows its diversity every year, I advise you to demonstrate during your application process what you can personally contribute to the institution’s community.
My dissertation strongly contributed to my successful career development. I chose a topic that helped my organisation at the time and the analysis and results required the need for change. I was then asked to lead a working group to develop new policies and procedures and also train all staff members
As this was my second degree, I was already working before my course. In addition to my main job, I started to do some freelance Management Consultancy work for the Legal and Education sectors to develop my skills and abilities.
One of them was when I was appointed as the inaugural Global Executive Director for Government Affairs and Policy for GE Healthcare, the $18 billion division of GE which operates in over 100 countries. I was then asked to lead the strategy and set up the global function. My team and I developed relations with the World Health Organisation, UN, World Bank and governments around the world. I have written over 45 white papers for governments.
1. Find a mentor in the field of work you are most interested in to support you in your career development.
2. Determine your passion and devote some of your free time to charity work. It enriches your CV and teaches you new skills.
3. Whatever role you are in, ensure you familiarise yourself with the overall vision and mission of the organisation you are working for. Then develop a personal plan as to what you need to do to contribute to it.
Leadership, creativity, being results driven and expertise in health. I had to determine what motivated me and find a career that I could be passionate about. I am passionate about improving people's lives and so that was my starting point. I handpicked mentors to guide and challenge me. One of my first mentors was a Vice Chairman of GE, which was ranked the number one company globally at the time.
Make friends and build networks broader than the people from your own country. This will enhance your knowledge and experience whilst challenging you to think differently. Fully utilise the opportunity to engage in student activities and broaden your horizon. Middlesex prepares you to be a leader!