What is your current job/where are you working?
I am currently a final year medical student at the University of Manchester.
Why did you decide to sign up for Managing Your Career Development?
I decided to sign up for the course because I had a very positive experience with HBX CORe. I was also quite excited by the prospect of taking part in an exciting, innovative, and novel online live learning experience where I could interact directly with talented people from around the world as well as with Harvard Business School professors. But I would say my main reason was wanting to develop a clearer vision of my future career path. I have been working towards a medical degree but have always had a fascination with the business world, and therefore decided to undertake a year at Imperial College Business School as well as take CORe. Being placed nationally in the top 10 students in Business Studies out of 19,202 students at age 16, I have wanted to be a multihyphenate. Wanting to combine the two often contrasting subject areas, I was unsure of what career decisions I should make to enable me to pursue both passions. I felt the course would guide me and therefore help me to discover the answers I was looking for.
What was your favorite part of the program?
The program was exhilarating due to the enticing case studies, the energy of the professors, and the euphoria of feeling like you're actually in a Harvard Business School classroom. Having such a diverse group of participants bringing such unique ideas to the discussion was very enjoyable. My favorite part would be the content which included exciting topics such as Swiss watches, the sports industry with Dwayne Wade, and companies who do things differently such as IDEO. This was coupled with captivating questions asked by the professors which encouraged deeper levels of thinking as well as the promotion of creativity and expression which is not often the case in traditional learning environments.
What did you like most about learning via HBX Live?
The inclusivity of the experience: I was made to feel like a valuable team member, and it gave me confidence to believe in my thoughts. The support staff were very helpful, and the onboarding was pleasant with everyone in the HBX team enquiring about the backgrounds of different people in the class. For example, we discovered Andreas could do head-spins and Dr. Kohli is writing a book. I felt more comfortable because of this, and I felt I knew the HBX class better than my cohort of medical school that I’ve been with for 5 years.
I sent one of the professors an email after one session with some queries and she was quick to respond and happy to help. Seeing the professors real time helped and allowed us to get to know them. HBX Live is the future of education and enables people to interact from multiple time zones, backgrounds, and professions. It removes the barriers we often face and is an efficient system for education that cuts out the time and energy wasted commuting to class. In today's gig economy, flexibility is the most important factor. The ability to ask questions and to instantly be put in scenarios and discussions with peers as well as receive cold calls was fantastic and kept me engaged throughout the sessions. I don't remember ever being so excited for class before, and time passed by so fast!
How are you applying what you’ve learned in Managing Your Career Development?
I am applying what I've learned in on a daily basis. Firstly, I had confidence instilled in me to think that things can be done differently. I am trying to combine my strengths and learn new skills such as coding to enhance my career prospects and set my priorities. I am also trying to brand myself on social media to emphasize my healthy lifestyle which is in line with being a doctor. I have learned the importance of forming partnerships with people and companies and am trying to become a health ambassador for a big brand gym.
I'm still learning from my classmates every day, and I have been able to connect with them on various platforms. I am daring to make big moves and applying to jobs outside of medicine. I recognize that my skills are transferrable to reach my career sweet spot. As I embark on a journey to become an entrepreneur and innovate by making a healthcare app, I am going to identify the right team, create the right culture, and be an effective leader that inspires others. I am unleashing my creative side in the form of design thinking and using the end user for feedback on initial app developments before iterating – the same way IDEO did in one of our case studies. I have used the negotiation skills I learned to reach out to people I wouldn't have thought to previously. I even ended up using concepts such as framing with my family. I am evaluating all the push and pull factors in situations and am ready to take risks and see where I end up!
Any advice for people who will be taking Managing Your Career Development?
The course goes fast! Try and get involved in the early on in the program as this builds confidence. It's useful to highlight the key points in the case and cross match them to the key questions you are asked to consider. The more preparation you do, the more constructive you can be during the session. The Facebook group is a great place to ask questions and post articles, and I feel it acts as a place for reflection after class, so make sure you contribute to the discussion. Go in with an open mind and be ready to be challenged in an enjoyable way. It's a one of a kind, enlightening experience so make sure you absorb every moment.
Master of Public Health from University of Manchester and short courses in International Health Management from Imperial College London
"The program was exhilarating due to the enticing case studies, the energy of the professors, and the euphoria of feeling like you're actually in a Harvard Business School classroom. Having such a diverse group of participants bringing such unique ideas to the discussion was very enjoyable."