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Shelly Mohammed

Degree:

EMBA

Location:

Trinidad

Industry:

Legal

Year:

Sep 2016 - May 2018

By Shelly Mohammed

Life is a series of compromises and it takes a village…

The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge” Napoleon Hill

To say that my decision to pursue the EMBA after completion of the Diploma in Global Business was a difficult one would be an understatement. The Diploma in Global Business is a masters level postgraduate qualification focused on global strategy, risk and reputation, corporate diplomacy and international business challenges. It consists of 3 exams, 1 assignment and 1 project over the course of a year. The work load is quite demanding but rewarding. The DipGB reinforced my passion for business.

When I was 16 years of age, I had a small notepad where I recorded my life-time goals: (i) Law Degree; (ii) Author/Publication; (iii) MBA. I achieved my goal of becoming a lawyer a long time ago and have published articles and a regional legal journal. I am also currently working on the publication of a children’s book. My love for business began when I was part of the Junior Achievers program in high school. Since then, I have founded three social enterprises aimed at driving change in the Caribbean region.

But although the passion for the pursuit of the EMBA was present most of my life, taking the final step at this stage in my life while running my own business and being a mother and wife was and continues to be a challenge. The EMBA is ten times the amount of work as the DipGB and a significant investment of time and financial resources. The cost of tuition plus the cost of travel to and from the UK almost every month is daunting. The time away from my little son is difficult not only for me but for my mum who looks after him while I am away.

In the month leading up to the EMBA I was still on the fence about whether to pursue the EMBA. Finally, I made the decision to pursue the EMBA and am happy I did so. My first week was exhausting as classes are from 8:00AM – 7:30PM and then there are formal dinners with classmates. Meeting my colleagues and listening to them speak about their experiences and listening to their opinions and contributions to discussions…I could only be in awe. This inspirational group came from around the world, spoke multiple languages, worked for several major companies, founded their own businesses and had little families of their own who they also left behind. I was no longer alone. The majority of us seemed to be at cross-roads in our lives and were looking to transition, either to leave a current role, start their own businesses or enter a different sector. Nothing in this world worth having comes easy. As Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi says, women can’t have it all…life is a series of compromises and it takes a village. I am eternally grateful to my family for their support especially my mum, my husband and my little son.

 

 

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