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Name: Gunasegar Marimuthu
Qualifications: MBA University of Strathclyde 2013
Job title: Regional Director, Asia (Digital Solutions)
Employer: Recall Corporation (Asia)
Doing the University of Strathclyde MBA programme has taken me to higher grounds, both on professional and personal level.This programme has empowered me with knowledge on how to bring together every aspect of elements in an organisation and make them work efficiently and effectively, not only from a theoretical standpoint but from a practical approach as well.
At the time I enrolled in this programme, I was heading the Sales Division in my organisation. I ‘saw’ myself growing within the organisation, with promotions and bigger responsibilities throughout my entire journey even while completing this programme. Although I was happy and doing well in my current job, I was still craving for more as knowledge is a never ending journey.
I needed to have an MBA to get to the next level of my career. In addition to that, I strongly believe it gives the necessary knowledge and empowerment in order to succeed in today’s business world. A strong sense of community, class-size, programme flexibility, quality of the course contents, University branding and the range of students were some of the main factors I considered in terms of choosing the course and the provider.
I started this course after more than 10 years of working experience. I’d say it was the best time to start because if I had not started then, I would not have had done it at all. My responsibilities at my workplace were increasing and to move further (promotion), I had to have paper qualifications and the knowledge as well, besides working experience.
Problems and challenges – of course. I must admit that it was not a smooth sailing experience. I’ve had my share of not performing up to my expectations during my assignments, coursework and exams. Having taken up a regional role in my organisation, I was travelling frequently or at least every fortnight. It was really a challenge to juggle my time and role as a professional, a husband and a father but with the necessary support from my family, I managed to overcome this hurdle. There were many times I was tempted to give up just because of my heavy travelling schedule and work commitment. I owe it to my wife whom has constantly given me the support and confidence. As once quoted by Abraham Lincoln, “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down”. The friend I’m referring to here is my family and I did not want to let them down.
It took me great planning, time management, sacrifice and many late nights and last-minute-rushing for assignments and cramming for exams. It was only then that I realised my capabilities of managing and prioritizing. I completed my MBA via part-time due to my work and family commitment. This is the best mode of study that suited my lifestyle.
The MBA at University of Strathclyde provided a great platform for networking opportunities with professionals from various industries as well as budding entrepreneurs. My analytical skills to evaluate situations, solve problems and make decisions have certainly improved. I had guidance and support from my lecturers who are very dedicated and consistently giving ideas and tips. Another advantage was exchanging ideas among course mates with similar challenges and how they managed them in their industries. I definitely have no regrets and I believe it is the best decision of my life.
I have left great achievements and legacy’s in my current organisation. Now, I believe, I am able to materialise my dream of being an entrepreneur myself. I would strongly recommend and encourage my fellow colleagues to take up this programme. Push the limits and get out of your comfort zone – you’ll be surprised to discover the capabilities that lie within oneself.