Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best Friend: Caring
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am from a small suburb in West Bengal, India, however, I have been living in the USA for close to 4 years now. I completed my bachelors in Computer Science from India and started my career as a junior software engineer in 2010. Over the course of the last 8 years, I have progressed to the role of Project Lead and currently work for JPMorgan Chase.
An aspiring entrepreneur, I have always felt the need for formal business education to understand more about the varied aspects of running a business. The reasons why I specifically wanted to join Oxford are plenty – the diversity it offers, the strong focus on entrepreneurship, academic rigour, rich tradition, a globally renowned name and an academic programme with the perfect blend of interactive lectures and case studies.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
To become successful in a demanding MBA programme, the most important thing is to understand the key motivations. Therefore, I have taken time to reflect on my experiences, aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses to realise my true goals and then caved a structured plan to help me achieve those goals. On the other hand, in my workplace, I have tried to participate in training to sharpen skills, which need improvement and discussed my ideas with colleagues who completed their MBAs before me to make sure that the plan I created for myself is achievable.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I have always believed an MBA to be the proper step forward to fulfill my career aspirations. Apart from that, I think it will help me to achieve personal growth. In addition, I will be able to understand the perspective of others towards resolving a problem better than I do it today. I feel that the experience of learning the basic building blocks of business in a world-class business school and University will be one of a kind, and the chance of connecting with the future business leaders from all over the world in the form of friends will be worthwhile.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The best advice that I have received is to manage my time at Saïd Business School in the best manner possible. With so many things going on socially, academically and professionally, it is natural to miss some, but a student should never deviate from what is needed to realise their career goals. At the same time, to create an enriching Oxford experience, it is important to attend as many social events as possible.
Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The most attractive elements of the programme to me are the diversity of the class and Oxford’s strong focus on entrepreneurship. Be it in terms of country, languages spoken or professional experience, as part of this programme, I will get to know perspectives of different people, which eventually will help me to have a more articulated outlook as a professional and as a human being. On the other hand, I sincerely hope to know more about starting and running a business as part of the Entrepreneurship Centre.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
The most challenging part will be for me to let go of certain elements of the programme. With so many opportunities around me, as someone who likes to explore, it will be tough to say no to certain things, just because those do not align well with my aspirations. I would love to do everything that the programme has to offer but there are only 24 hours in a day and I must learn which parts to prioritise.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
In my future roles, I will try to convince my peers to get out of their comfort zone, push their boundaries and take risks. Bringing positive change and creating a positive environment at and beyond the workplace is a collaborative process and I will try to motivate others to work towards that. As a future business leader, I will make an effort to make the world a better place than it is today, be it economically or environmentally.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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