Arun Thiyagarajan, Executive MBA
Programme:
Executive MBA
Nationality:
British
Education:

MBBS (Distinction) and BSc (Hons), Imperial College London. Master of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Role:

Medical Director (Global and UK) Health Clinics, Bupa

Choosing the Imperial Executive MBA

I studied as an undergraduate at Imperial College and had an extremely fulfilling and rewarding experience. Added to this, Imperial has a great reputation for science and innovation, which I felt would provide an excellent backdrop to complement business knowledge.

I chose the Executive MBA as I wanted to have a focus on leadership within organisations and I also needed to complete the MBA alongside the continuation of my job. The Executive MBA provided a perfect schedule to enable me to do this.

The Executive MBA classroom experience

The Executive MBA allows the luxury of studying in a smaller class with peers who have deep industry knowledge or leadership experience. The calibre of teaching and peer-to-peer shared learning is extremely high.

The most rewarding part of the programme has been getting an insight in to the business issues that other industries face from fellow Executive MBAs. Also being able to learn and implement our newfound knowledge directly back to our day jobs.

Leadership development

The Executive MBA has enabled me to understand more about more own leadership style. My key takeaway is that leadership in business starts from understanding oneself.

New learnings and skills

Surprisingly, a module that I thought would be completely out of my comfort zone, that being Marketing Management. The concepts and frameworks were incredibly useful for me to learn as I had never gained experience of this area previously. It has definitely strengthened my commercial understanding.

The MBA has given me a deep understanding of how to manage strategy within a business. It has also helped me with the softer skills that are necessary to push forward change within large organisations. I see these as key skills for executives to possess and succeed.

A diverse cohort

My cohort are diverse and have a wide range of interests, skills and backgrounds. I am always learning from them. They add to the nourishing experience that the university offers.

My career goals

I want to use my Executive MBA to complement my medical degree. Healthcare strategy and business require a certain mindset that stretches beyond solely being a clinician. I want to use the MBA to be able to speak in both currencies, supporting the organisation that I work for in helping patients in an innovative, forward thinking and dynamic way.

The London factor

I am a Londoner; I also work in London and know how central it is to innovation and for large businesses. As such, the choice to do my MBA in London was a no brainer!

Advice to prospective students

Think wisely about the time commitment and whether you will be able to balance it. The more you are able to offer it, the more you will get in return. My view is that it is a humbling and enriching experience and it is most definitely worth the opportunity cost.

Programme:
Executive MBA
Nationality:
British
Education:

MBBS (Distinction) and BSc (Hons), Imperial College London. Master of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Role:

Medical Director (Global and UK) Health Clinics, Bupa

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