By Anmol Saini, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program and UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship recipient
Everyone’s story is unique, and your truth is different to mine. The UN Women National Committee Australia MBA Scholarship from the University of Sydney Business School will have a unique meaning for you.
I applied for this MBA because I knew it focussed on personal transformation, self-awareness and self-management, and was a qualification that would expand my horizons.
Almost two years on, the knowledge, opportunities and networks that the program has afforded me is creating the platform I always hoped for in order to achieve my goals: to work alongside organisations that mirror my values around diversity and inclusion, and have the means to impact change in corporate and social Australia, and beyond.
A year ago I found myself at a 10-day silent meditation course. People meditate for a number of reasons of course – how to be happier, or in more control of their life. Me? I was there because the Leadership Practice & Development subject encouraged me to look inwardly and reflect on who I was as a person, not just as a leader. I came to the realisation that somewhere along the way, I had become all things to all people and in turn lost myself.
I wanted the means to re-connect with the authentic me. Much like this MBA, I found myself signing up to something I knew was going to be incredibly challenging yet rewarding – and it delivered.
I now recognise the experiences that shaped me into a person who placed such high importance on “fitting in”, starting from my first experiences at school when my family moved here from India. I didn’t speak English and struggled to fit in. With my older sister’s help this eventually eased, but at the age of 5, my confidence levels had already plummeted.
Fast forward a quarter of a century, and the same kid who so desperately wanted to be under the radar, was being asked by the UN Women National Committee Australia to speak on their behalf at the national HeforShe launch campaign being held by Vodafone Australia. The opportunity was amazing and terrifying at the same time.
Half an hour of drawing attention to myself, speaking alone on stage about a topic I feel so passionately about – diversity and inclusion. Pressure was on! How to connect with a room of strangers and make them care about what I care about?
It was so simple, and yet challenging. I had to quiet the concerns of that inner child so focussed on fitting in, stand up and speak my truth, not worrying about how that truth would be perceived. The results were incredible – many of the attendees told me that sharing my personal and professional experiences helped them to transform my call to action into one that genuinely resonated with them on a personal level.
In May this year, through the University’s networks, I was given the opportunity to become a Global Ambassador for Rare Birds, an organisation aiming to create 1,000,000 more women entrepreneurs by 2020. These, and the many other opportunities I have been presented with through this MBA program, combined with my personal history, continue to shape who I am and what I stand for.
The question is, how will your history shape you? How could this MBA and scholarship shape your future?
If you are looking for an MBA that challenges you, pushes you out of your comfort zone, asks you to find your truth, and provides you with opportunities to speak it by working with the UN Women National Committee Australia and so many other incredible organisations, then apply now.
Only you can make your voice heard, and only you can make your truth count.