Dr Seema Singh has donned multiple mantles, from Assistant Professor in Surgery at University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India to Consultant – Surgery at Aruna Asif Ali Hospital, Senior Resident – Surgery at University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital and Clinical Assistant Surgery at P D Hinduja National Hospital & Research Centre
She completed her 1 year full time MBA (PGPX) from IIM Ahmedabad in March 2016
Currently she works with Curo Healthcare Technologies Private Limited as Head – Programme Management and Development.
Snippets of her conversation witn #mymbastory
What prompted you to get admitted into an MBA program?
10 years on medical training and 11 years of clinical surgical practice had put me into a comfort zone in my professional life where I felt I was doing little more than towing the line of clinical rules and guidelines. There was little I was doing that was intellectually stimulating enough to warrant any free out of the box thinking from me. One might label this as mid-life crisis or plain simple boredom but that is it, my main reason for going for an MBA.
I wanted to feel free, to clear the cobwebs in my brain and put my thinking and problem solving skills to use all over again. It was more of a journey to re-discover myself.
In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your MBA journey?
Going for an education course as rigorous as MBA does multiple things for you.
Professionally the benefits are expected and obvious. It gives a much needed boost to your career and helps you break the glass ceiling. In my case as I wanted to switch from being a healthcare provider to healthcare manager, MBA provided me the necessary skill set and opportunity to make the switch.
Another professional benefit is the access to the large alumni base of the institution. The willingness of the senior alumni to help and nurture the newcomers is high.
But the more cherished gains come have been the more unexpected ones. Without even realizing, this one year journey transformed the way I think and approach situations both personal and professional. It has transformed me into a more confident and level headed person. In short a journey of re discovering myself ended with re-inventing myself.
What is your favorite aspect of campus life and why?
One of my favorite aspects of campus life is the level of intellectual stimulation around. You can walk into any syndicate room and be sure of finding an engrossing discussion around case studies and submissions. These discussions last till dawn and resume again the next day after the classes.
The other favorite aspect is the fact that the campus never sleeps. You could be walking around at 3am and be sure of finding good company over a cup of tea or coffee.
How do you think life would have been different had you not opted for an MBA?
Without an MBA I would have had a perfectly ordered life with a fixed income and a fixed routine. But then I would not have had the opportunity to explore various career opportunities, networking opportunities and grow my income exponentially.
Also I would not have had the opportunity to sit in a class room and listen to the stalwarts of management.
Any words of advice for future MBA aspirants?
One of the biggest regrets most of us would have in our lives is not doing what we really wanted to do. If you want to take a break from your career, if you want to broaden your horizons by doing an MBA, then go ahead and take the plunge. Trust me every step of this exciting journey will be worth it.
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