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Ravi Rajore

Ravi RajoreIndependent Consultant

MA Human Resource Management (CIPD), 2012

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University because I was keen to pursue human resource studies at a renowned university that had strong links with both the academic and corporate worlds. The MA HRM program at Middlesex has its own unique features and is affiliated to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which is why I opted for it.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

One of the salient features of the HRM program at Middlesex is its CIPD exposure and accreditation. In my opinion, it's an excellent opportunity for students to put themselves directly in loop with industry experts. While pursuing the HRM masters degree, students can attend CIPD workshops and seminars which are excellent from both learning and networking points of view.

After earning an HRM degree you can directly become an associate member, which gives a great boost to your human resources career.

I had three major goals for the HRM program:

1) To gain maximum international exposure by engaging with academic activities; academic and business seminars, workshops and events; and pursuing positions which offered a global work environment and networking opportunities.
2) To meet CIPD expectations and gain associate status after completing the masters.
3) To develop healthy and cordial relations with the institutions, organisations and individuals involved in HR, international development and management consulting sectors.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole program, but I truly appreciated the residential workshop and CIPD events. The most exciting part of the program was the HR internship I did, which was full of learning and practical knowledge. I think the HRM program was well designed, blending both practical and theoretical exposure well.

What were the facilities like at your institution?

The online library was a blessing and I was able to make effective use of its resources throughout the program. I did my internship in Africa and was completely relying on the e-library for learning resources. It did not let me down and people wondered how I was so well equipped with recent articles and industry trends. This facility actually enabled me to write my dissertation remotely.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

Studying at Middlesex was a once in a lifetime experience and every moment was filled with joy and excitement. My most memorable experiences were the KATALAN residential workshops and the day I received my Masters in HRM qualification.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Middlesex University has a rich history with massive intellectual capital and becoming part of this prestigious institution is a privilege. Think well and plan in advance how you can make the best use of your time there.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you get to where you are professionally today?

While pursuing Human Resource Management I have been able to develop some crucial insights and networks. Furthermore, I have developed skills and expertise in HR and management consulting. Pursuing the HRM program was a great move in my career and it has made me more curious, open to embracing new knowledge, receptive and proactive.

Can you give an example of a time when you put the things you learned at Middlesex to practical use?

The knowledge and insight gained during the HRM program is a real asset. Middlesex was a great place to hone existing skills and develop new ones. On various occasions I have been able to exploit these skills, not only in the work place but in my personal life too.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I always wanted to work at the planning level as I am fascinated by strategies and have a real interest in qualitative research, impact assessment and strategic planning.

The management consulting industry is vast and it has its own pro and cons. One of the major advantages is that you are kept up-to-date with current trends and sector knowledge, and you also get paid better as a contractor/consultant than as an employee. Furthermore you get opportunities to travel and work with people from diverse backgrounds.

The downside is that you have to spend a substantial amount of time away from home and you spend long hours in a frequently-changing work environment - travelling, doing fieldwork, researching, in client meetings or writing business reports.

How did you get your first foot on the career ladder?

I started my career as a development sector professional in 2007, but I made a major move in 2010 when I decided to upgrade my skills by pursuing a second masters at Middlesex. This dramatically boosted my career, offered valuable insights and made me competent to handle independent assignments as a management consultant.

What are the top three tips you would give to current students and recent graduates who are looking for a similar career to yourself?

Be curious and ask questions.

Seek knowledge and insights; apply them at the right time.

Do not be afraid of failure. Chase your dream and keep yourself motivated in the hard times.

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Education and universities are a gateway to the world, empowering you beyond your imagination. Keep the long term vision. Opportunities come to hardworking, optimistic and proactive people.

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