After 12 years in industry, Shashank Hosahally moved to London to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of East London, in order to further his career. He now works as Business Engagement Manager at Birmingham City University.
Why did you choose to study in London?
London was undoubtedly my first and only choice to study abroad for my MBA.
I’d stayed in London before and cannot forget my first time visiting; it was an incredible experience. I was working for a software company on a three-month contract – I woke up at 4am every weekday to debrief my team in India and then go to work, managing both India and UK time zones.
How did you choose your course and university?
I decided to take a break after 12 years of working and I knew right from the beginning that I wanted to study in London.
What did you enjoy most during your time as a student in London?
The university brought the best out of me as they were quick to spot my talent and experience selling in international markets. I supported the university’s international office in recruiting students and helped them adapt and settle down in London.
I won a couple of paid internships to help MBA graduates with placements. I was MBA class representative for the 2017 intake, managing the WhatsApp group and being involved in volunteering for yoga programmes in London, and I also worked part-time.
Do you have any advice for other students thinking about studying in London?
The exposure you get as a student is really valuable. The most important part of studying as a mature student is you learn to implement theories in real life and get a holistic view of any businesses.
I got the best out of university life as a mature student, as the university had a lot to offer. The experience opened up my life and I now look at my work with a totally new perspective. I think the one-year MBA was very busy and challenging but it was best time of my life.
What do you do now?
I moved to Birmingham last year and started working at Birmingham City University. UEL work experience and exposure helped me earn this job.
I bring together local business owners with academics and develop a knowledge transfer partnership to solve business challenges by embracing new technology.
I am exposed to amazing research with emerging technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things), AI, bigdata, immersive technologies, smart house, robotics etc, and help academics to commercialise their research.