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Manish Gosalia - India

Course: Master of Business (M.Bus)
Institution: University of Queensland
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I had a dream to complete my post graduate degree after my commerce degree in India; but due to personal and work commitments; it was only after 8 years of graduation that I could explore completing my Masters degree. When I applied to Indian Management colleges; I was pigeonholed as a mature student and Indian management colleges wanted me to join an executive program and not a full time masters program, which I was keen to join; as students in Indian colleges enrol for management program straightaway on completing their undergraduate program. 

It was by chance that I was attending an exhibition by Australian colleges in Mumbai (India) that I met up with the faculty at The University of Queensland (UQ) who were promoting their college at the exhibition. I explained to them my dilemma about the age criteria and they actually encouraged me to apply for a full – time Masters program as the university valued diversity and encouraged mature students to bring their work experience for the program.

I applied at The University of Queensland (UQ) and they accepted my application to do the masters degree. I chose Master of Business and majored in International Business as I was intrigued by the dynamics of global businesses and the impact it has on countries and the environment.  My subjects also included Entrepreneurship, International Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc.

It was a steep learning curve and while I was conversant in English; I soon realised the importance of articulating my projects and topics in academic English and most importantly learnt the importance of academic research.

My stint at The University of Queensland (UQ) was an engaging experience and the most important aspects of the program that I valued were that the programs were engaging and interactive; with emphasis on self learning and self management. I also learnt the importance of working in groups especially from diverse cultures and learnt the value of diversity.  UQ has excellent resources available to its students including teaching faculty, library facilities, sports and extracurricular activities (I had joined a South American movie club; where I learnt about regional South American movies; which was a great learning and made some amazing friends).

I lived in Brisbane and it is a beautiful city and has great weather, especially for students who don’t like extreme temperatures. The public transport is world class and the city has excellent museums, libraries and regular events in the city. Brisbane is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in world and the range of outdoor activities enhances the Australia learning experience.

Australia is a wonderful country and I was privileged to travel the length and breadth of Australia and get a feel of the ‘real’ Australia. 

I now work both in India and Australia on consultancy assignments and projects and I am also a teaching faculty for teaching Entrepreneurship in India through a non profit organisation called I Create (I).  I also assist students in Vocational training (VET) through Lend a Hand (I) which is working towards empowering students from 8th – 10th standard with vocational skill sets as a viable option to assist them in completing their IX standard degree.

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 9:34:39 AM

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