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Abhisek Roy

Degree:

MBA

Location:

India

Industry:

Consulting

Year:

2020-21

By Abhisek Roy

Get to know Dr Abhishek Roy, class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: I am a Clinical Biochemist by profession who has worked extensively in the Healthcare Sector, especially in the public domain of an emerging economy like India. Besides work, I am deeply passionate about Blogging, Travelling, Photography and playing Table Tennis. These things I believe makes me human and help me remain grounded.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Hospital/Healthcare, Medical Education (Government Sector)

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Consulting, Healthcare, Education

College: St Hugh’s College because of its rich culture, radical traditions and being welcoming towards MBA students

Social Media:

Twitter:  @abhishekroy
LinkedIn: @drroy
Instagram:  @abhishekroy

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would your manager describe you?  
Best Friend: Caring
Manager: Responsible
 

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.

I grew up in a small town called Dhanbad- the Coal Capital of India in Jharkhand, where thousands like me sleep each night with a dream in their eyes to make it big someday. I had a very humble upbringing, my parents barely went to colleges in little known districts of the erstwhile Bihar and soon realised that the only way for their kids to see a better future is to choose a career path in academia and so my father gave up his cosy job and settled in with me and my mother and chose to struggle all his life just so that he could give us a life we deserved. In a sense, I always feel, I owe it to my parents for making me reach where I am today.

I lost my grandfather and my uncle to Cancer and Tuberculosis respectively and this fuelled in me the desire to choose a career in medicine. I am the first and the only medical doctor in my family. In my career as a Medical Doctor I went on to work under the Governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra and lately the Government of India. I feel especially privileged to be able to see the plight of people below the poverty line in India. My job placed me in a unique position to positively affect the lives of millions who are deprived of even basic means in India. Even though I was happy with my job, yet while being in the public sector, I saw how ideas took ages to implement and how there were roadblocks and bottle necks at every level, more so at the state levels. This inspired me to think of a venture of my own sometime in future that will work on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in the health sector in India. Even though I had previously worked at managerial and administrative roles too, however, the lack of first-hand knowledge about the best business practices prevailing at the Global level, made me incline towards investing into an MBA to bridge those skill gaps.

To be honest, I never thought about making it to Oxford Saïd someday. But with each passing day as I put in more thought about how an MBA can enable me to help consult companies build a sustainable business with a focus on social impact, the Oxford MBA started to make more sense due to its emphasis on sustainability, social impact and focus on creating responsible leaders who solve the most pressing problems of the world that plague the society in general. At the same time, I didn’t want my learnings to be restricted to just the business school and thus, a wider University experience at Oxford was also something that was compelling for me to choose Oxford over any other programme. In the end, it felt as if I didn’t choose Oxford, we both chose each other.

 

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

While being at my last job, I started taking more responsible roles wherein I could be a part of the important decision-making process in my department about budgeting of the funds for laboratory and designing of curriculum and allocating classes to each faculty. This helped me gain important insights into how business decisions were made within the constraints of an allocated budget. I also actively participated in “ExperienceBain 2020” to understand how major Consulting firms such as Bain and Company are navigating the pandemic and acclimatising towards the “new normal”. While doing so, I had some fantastic opportunities to talk directly to the leadership in such firms and which gave me considerable insights into how they think. I also had a great opportunity to form a network of like-minded fellow students from top B-Schools across the Globe who were a part of the ExperienceBain 2020 cohort. I also spend a significant amount of my time on LinkedIn reaching out to people from my target industry gaining useful insights about my post-MBA sector.
 

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

Oxford MBA is a life changing decision for me. Before this, I never had the opportunity to study or work at a global level. The MBA programme provides me with a unique opportunity to bridge the practical skill gaps that I have and complement my healthcare knowledge with a solid business understanding. The global network of not only the Saïd Business School but also the wider University of Oxford is something that is going to add long term value to my career.
 

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

In life you always have a choice, you can either crib about the circumstances you are in or do something to address them.
 

Q6. Do you have any advice about the Oxford MBA application process for candidates thinking of applying?

The most important thing about the application process is that, you need to see if you are a good fit to this prestigious institution. The application process is a journey of self-discovery. You have a to be a master storyteller. Powerful and honest stories that resonate with who you are and a compelling but believable reason as to why you want to choose the Oxford MBA, is something that you should work upon. Reading about the programme and reaching out to past students/alumni would help you make an informed decision about your choice.

Q7. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to? 
There are tons of choices like GOTO, CDL, Impact Lab but the one thing that I am most looking forward to is forming friendships and lifetime bonds over the next one year while supporting each other through the entire MBA programme.
 

Q8. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

One year is very less to absorb everything that Oxford has to throw at you. The most challenging part of the programme will be to tailor it towards your own needs. You are spoilt for choices when it comes up to making the most out of your MBA at Oxford. But the challenge will be to remain focussed on things that matter to you the most.
 

Q9. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I chose a career in Medicine because I was driven to touch the lives of thousands around me. With my learnings from the MBA I am going to expand my horizon. I would consider myself delving into creating long terms sustainable impacts by helping businesses, especially ones focussed on Social Impact, grow organically and thereby being a force for positive change. The kind of impact that private businesses and not-for-profit organisations can have towards the society at large is unquestionable. With my learnings from the MBA, I can be a part of that positive change.

 

Q10. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

Apart from joining the Consulting, Healthcare OBNs, Impact Lab/CDL, I am a passionate Table Tennis player since my undergrad days, so I am looking forward to joining the Oxford University Table Tennis Club. I am also looking to witness and participate in the Oxford Union. I am into photography too, so I would also keep an eye out for joining any photography groups in Oxford.
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