Third year of my graduation was the realization point for me that I'm really not loving what I'm doing. Days were going fine with everyone around but nights were depressing. I used to think a lot about how I'm going to deal with what I'm feeling. It used to scare me. I often used to get depressed and think that what I'm doing now is safer and better than changing my field completely and who knows, I might get too unhappy and regret my decision.
Yes, I was thinking of changing my field and get into management full time and that's how the search for other opportunities started. To do MBA from India, is a very tedious procedure and was stressing me out. My parents were aware of this and they completely supported my decision. Suddenly, my parents impromptu business visit to Australia somehow turned my world upside down for better. It was my father who suggested me to do research and look for better universities and that's how my journey started. If you are planning to study abroad after your BDS from India then, before you proceed; do read my blog post on "Things To Consider Before Studying Abroad"
If you guys are really interested in pursuing MBA in hospital management from Australia then here are the answers to some common questions,
Why MBA in Hospital Management?
MBA in hospital management has good scope in India and other countries due to the increase in awareness among people. It has emerged as a new career opportunity not only for doctors but also for other science graduates. After completing MBA, there are enough options you can opt for. You can get into hospital management or can join companies related to health and marketing. Scope is vast but the clarity and the assurance about why you really want to do it, is important. All these things doesn't matter unless and until you have the interest for management. If you are sure that you really enjoy management than clinical field then you should completely go for it.
Why I chose Australia?
1.Procedure is relatively simple.
2.Has some really good universities.
3.Has really good scope in health management.
4.Flexible enough to work and study as well. So you can earn while studying.
Australian Student visa allows you to study full time and work part time for 20hrs a week, which is sufficient for your living expenses. Part time work in Australia is really well paid and you can earn enough to pay your bills. To work, you must have a tax file number, superannuation details (sometimes) and a bank account for the processing of your pay. There are student loans available, which you can take advantage of, for paying tution fees.
If you are looking forward to earn while studying, then talk to people who are already doing it. Talk to them about how you can work and manage studies as well. Make sure, you don't hamper your studies by working full time.
First 6 months are tough as you struggle with different study pattern so I would suggest, not to work for first semester. Once you know how things work, you can start applying for jobs. Doing odd jobs is not wrong but getting stuck into them is. Start applying for internship programme, work as a dental assistant or any other job related to clinical field. It will give you more exposure and that work experience will be helpful for you, after you are done with masters to get a good job in your own field.
How to apply?
You need to clear IELTS exam and to get into good universities, you need 7.5/8 band and trust me, it is not difficult to achieve that. If you find it gruelling, then there are some apps available on App Store which will really help you out to prepare for exam. You can solve papers when you are free at home. They will give you a clear idea of how the exam pattern is. You can refer some books and online stuff too, rather than joining coaching classes.
Things you need to take care of before going.
1. Bank and credit/debit cards: National Australian bank (NAB) has a branch in Mumbai and all you have to do is call them and email them the required documents and your account will be ready. (Yes, all can be done by sitting at home) when you reach there, you have to go to the branch given to you, with your documents and you will be given your debit card, the same day.
2. Handling documents: Take atleast 3-4 copies of your original documents and carry them whenever is needed rather than carrying the original ones to avoid any unfortunate events of theft or loss. Email yourself a copy of each document too.
3. Get all necessary health check ups and vaccinations and pay for your health insurance too, for the period of your stay.
4. Make sure all your flights, courses, housing and itinerary are established and secured before leaving.
5. If you don't want to stay in the university rooms which are way expensive, you can always search for rooms or talk to the students who are already studying there and arrange your Accomodation which is cheap and comfortable.
Be prepared completely before going. Don't leave anything for the last moment or please, don't ignore stuff and think that you will somehow manage after going there because it's tough as you are in a completely different country and are not familiar with people.
Dr.Sonal is an entrepreneur dentist. She has completed her dentistry from Nagpur and her MBA in Health Management & International Business Management from Deakin University Australia. Currently she is running a chain of dental clinics in Mumbai.
You can contact her at email@example.com