Name: Amit Bhagnari
Year of graduation: 2011
Company name: Buddy's Music and Dance Institute
Position: Business Owner
Q1. What made you choose Middlesex University Dubai?
I did a lot of research before I chose my MBA program, and what I liked about the MBA at Middlesex was that the list of courses included was very diverse and well-chosen for somebody wanting to operate their own business. Topics like HR, finance, marketing, strategy and operations management covered all aspects of business.
Q2. What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?
I was pleasantly surprised to see how much interaction occured between colleagues. Most of the projects we were working on were team projects, with a lot of research involved. Working with different groups of people, I'd been put in a position to lead my team, as well as be lead and follow instructions, so you get to learn from both angles.
Q3. What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?
The trip to Paris was a great memory. We had to complete one of our team assignments there. This involved doing market research in a different country, working with new people that you haven't worked with before, making new friends, seeing how people behave in stressful situations and also the opportunity to have fun together as tourists!
Q4. What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?
I would say networking with your fellow students is an important thing to do. You have the opportunity to see how your colleagues think and how they perform in an assignment, so you get to know them better than you would in other circumstances. Keep in touch with the people you like or you admire. You might end up doing business together one day.
Q5. Where has your professional life taken you since graduation?
I was fortunate enough to start my own company with one of my colleagues from Middlesex. Starting my own business was the reason I enrolled for the MBA, and I am grateful that I got the opportunity to do that immediately after completing the MBA.
Q6. Can you give an example of a time when you put the things you learned at Middlesex to practical use?
I actually got to implement everything I learnt when I needed to put together the business plan for my own company, which was a great help. It doesn't get any more practical than that.
Q7. What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?
I had chosen the industry based on the gaps in the market that I have seen at that time.
Q8. What are the top three tips you would give to current students and recent graduates who are looking for a similar career to yourself?
1. Running your own business is tough! It constantly keeps you on your toes, so make sure you are ready to make big sacrifices to achieve your goals.
2. Find a field/industry that you are actually passionate about and work hard to make it in that field. Success will follow if you enjoy your work.
3. Don't be afraid to take risks. Calculated risks are important to drive your business forward. Step out of your comfort zone and keep an open mind, be willing to try new things.
Q9. What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?
Go to work! Paid or unpaid, take a job while you study so you understand how the real world actually operates. This will help you tremendously as you will find out if you enjoy working in the field that you want to specialise in.