Newcastle University Business School

Haritima

Student Profile - Haritima

 

MBA profile: Haritima

Biography

Prior to starting my MBA programme, I was a Software Engineer at Accenture.

Choosing Newcastle

The course at the Bsuiness School offered the full package I was looking for. Newcastle is renowned as an excellent University with high world rankings and accreditations. It offered fantastic facilities such as a University Library with 24/7 opening hours and support from a great Career Service. 

I was attracted by the opportunities for international exposure gained through working with a diverse group of peers, the unique learning opportunities on offer and the thought of a great student experience in a scenic city.  I’ve enjoyed every day I’ve been here in Newcastle - it’s exceeded my expectations.

My course

The design and structure of the programme meant that, from day one, I was able to practically apply my knowledge; working in teams on live projects and case studies from European and International companies. These companies actually consider our input analysis for their ongoing performance and growth. It’s fantastic to know our learning is also influencing future business practice.

A great benefit of the programme has been the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with a wide range of MBA students and faculty members. This, combined with the knowledge I’ve gained from the modules I’ve studied has enabled me to develop an enhanced business perspective and management toolkit.

The events offered by the School and University, such as 'Return on Innovation' and 'Rise Up FLUX', have also given me a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of guest speakers and personalities.

I am developing a higher level of knowledge and expertise, critical analytical skills and a global mind set. I’ve worked on a variety of projects and case studies across a broad spectrum of disciplines including human resources, finance and management consultancy. I’m also developing my presentation skills which will benefit me when delivering business cases and attending interviews.

Career aspirations

After completing the MBA programme, I intend to join an organisation in Management Consulting either for Information Technology or Financial Services domains which will enable me to use my skill set and continue my professional development as a value creator, people developer and business operator. I intend to establish my own consulting firm in the long run.

Student experience

i’m having a fantastic student experience. I’ve met a diverse range of interesting and friendly people, attended a variety of workshops and major events including the 'Thinking Digital Conference' and have been interacting with the global networkS available to me, along with enjoying the beautiful landscape in the North East.

A recent highlight was the Siemens Global Challenge Award, where in teams we were asked to provide an innovative and unique solution to a global challenge: globalisation, urbanisation, demographical change and climate change. My team won the challenge and were awarded an exclusive Insight Day visit to Siemens and a cash prize.

I’m also an active blogger for the NU Biz School Student Blog which gives me the opportunity to share my experiences and achievements with the staff members, current, prospective students and outside world to showcase the learning and knowledge I’ve gained from Newcastle University Business School.

Last but not least, the great opportunity provided by the University through the Newcastle Work Experience scheme to work for one of the local employers, North East Access to Finance, where I was selected as a Business Development Analyst. This will help me to apply and streamline my unique blend of skills in a really valuable organisation in the North East region. I've also obtained a summer placement as a Business Data Analyst with Gavurin Ltd in Newcastle.

I’m a Business Champion, helping to shape the Business School student experience. This gives me the chance to work with the Marketing and Communications team and enhances my CV. I’m looking forward to meeting prospective students, introducing them to the School and campus and sharing my insights about life as student here.  I’m also a postgraduate Indian classical Dancer in Kathak Dance.

Advice for new students

  1. Participate and volunteer in events and projects - you can gain work experience through the Career Service which looks good on your CV and there are over 100 different student societies to join.
  2. Plan your weekly budget - make the most of the many student discounts and offers.
  3. Develop your networking skills from day one - remember, it's not just what you know, but who you know.

Highlights

The moment I found out I’d been offered a place on the MBA programme – I was very happy.