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Mahak Dhameja

Degree:

MBA

Location:

India

Industry:

Consulting

Year:

2019-20

By Mahak Dhameja

Get to know Mahak Dhameja, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Each day I wake up determined to complete my daily to-do and to stay positive while facing new challenges, growing everyday as a better version of the yesterday me. Trekking is my favourite recreation. I express myself best through my dance and cartoon sketches. I share my alone time with my books

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Telecommunications, CSR Consulting

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Strategy, Strategy/ Impact Consulting

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: Green Templeton College

Instagram: @m.d.1296

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mahak-dhameja-9b5965103/

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Dependable
Manager: Trouble-shooter

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
Coming from a humble family based out of a small city in India, which is primarily a patriarchal society, gives me strong foundation and purpose to make this world a better place to live in.

I am a learning enthusiast; I am always on the lookout for new opportunities and challenges. My professional experience is more than 3 years, along with multiple internships that helped me gain rich learning experiences to add new dimensions to my thought process. I have worked as Deputy Manager with Vodafone, responsible for driving new technology initiatives such as IOT and AI. My last role was as a Consultant with a CSR technology firm, Goodera. Having worked in varied industries- Non-profit, Consulting, IT, Auditing and Telecom and with cross-functional teams, I can appreciate diverse work cultures and best work practices. This has built my adaptability to work efficiently under pressure adhering to timelines. My ability to innovate and solve a problem with a customer-oriented and structured approach has improved. My experience has made me wiser of the opportunities and necessities and I am aware of how technology has been changing that path.
Oxford provides a collaborative environment for experiential learning and draws students from a wide range of nationalities and culture. As my passion matches the central theme of Saïd Business School which is to create successful change leaders, this is a dream come true. As the protagonist of The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, I believe I was pulled towards my destination in an almost unbelievable manner.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I took a buffer of almost 10 days between last day at my job and flying to the new country. I utilised this time primarily to do self-reflection and spend quality family time. I got in touch with Oxford Alumni to know more about the program and to plan beforehand. I also started building network with alumni working in tech/consulting firms through platforms such as LinkedIn to know the best practices and tricks to get a job with directed efforts.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
MBA from Oxford would provide me opportunities to network with smart, talented people who will hold top strategic positions in major companies or will be great business leaders someday and hence enhance my spirit to take risks while also developing my bigger picture vision. This will not only equip me with the competency to achieve my short term goal which is to become a part of a corporation wherein I can correlate and utilise my learnings by practical experience and can create an impact, but also with my long term goal in life which is to create a social technology platform for women.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Best advice I got from most of the seniors is to stay focused yet open-minded for the opportunities coming my way. This is going to be as challenging to implement as is to understand. This is going to be my first international experience; hence this advice would come handy to prioritise my efforts while enjoying the period to the fullest.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The rich and diverse culture in the Oxford colleges amazes me greatly. I am a person who believes in learning from experiences of others as well as mine. With so many varied background people, I am really excited for doing in depth discussions to understand their choices, views and aspirations. It will build my character and refine the thought process.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
The programme is of one-year duration and extremely extensive. Challenging part would be to stay away from getting overwhelmed, to keep the priorities straight by fighting FOMO at various occasions and to take out time for self – reflection.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
MBA will equip me with the knowledge of core business principles while developing a broadened mind-set and understanding of the role of business in society. While working towards building resources and experience to successfully build my venture, post MBA I want to utilise my knowledge and skills to become a part of strategy or strategy consulting team enabling technology to reach masses and solve grassroots problems.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I look forward to joining Impact Lab and Oxford Strategy Group as two of my top choices. I am also planning to start a sport or join dance club to stay mentally and physically fit.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#technology #doglife #lifeisgood

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