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Why did you choose Middlesex?
The 1-year CIPD certified Masters in Human Resources, the location inside London & the regional scholarship.
KARISHMA DASWANI, INDIA MA HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
“I am an entrepreneur, Human Resource Specialist, a blogger and a free spirited woman. An achiever since school, I have stood 1st for 9 consecutive years, been awarded the ‘All- Rounder of the Year’ twice, been the ‘Head Girl’ (School President) and awarded the Principal’s award for the ‘Best Girl of the School’. The path of entrepreneurship has not only given me a unique identity of my own, it has also provided an opportunity to provide employment options to women as well as provide exposure to ladies who do creative, different and good work as I love meeting such interesting women. My family and work are both really important to me and I always intend to strike a balance between the two.”
When you think back to your Middlesex days, what is your fondest memory? Hanging out in Central London for everything – whether or not it made sense; the hot chocolate at the Uni Atrium which was simply the best, the nonsense kitchen hangouts (at the halls of residence) resulting in delicious food, being at Uni and meeting various friends… and the still pleasant shock of being voted the “Most Popular Student 2005–06” at MDX (as per the yearbook).
Did you stay in halls? Yes. Platt Halls.
Which lecturer had the greatest impact on you? Jackie Jeffrey – Module Tutor, Diversity and Change Management (HRM 4802) had an amazing impact on my thinking. At the end of the module I realised how her frank and open-minded approach as well as her always positive attitude to being questioned repeatedly had broadened my thinking to a completely new level. I appreciated human diversity even more now and was open to differences in opinion with an attitude
to learn. Apart from her I appreciated Anna Kyprianou as she was ‘simply nice’ and it showed in every aspect of her personality as well as Patricia Chase who had good leadership qualities (being a former policewoman).
What did you do as soon as you had graduated? I celebrated by going out with friends.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? Considering my mindset then, I would advise myself to think more practically than emotionally, be more focused professionally as considering my talents if I REALLY put my mind to something I can definitely achieve it, take people/ happenings less personally as those who care don’t expect sacrifices and realise that you can keep your loved ones happy only if you are happy and satisfied yourself.
Tell us about your new ventures
is a passion portal for women based on the idea that it’s important for every woman to determine her passion, make it her profession and earn from it – thereby leading to financial
independence. The Passion
(job) Board has a collection of fulltime, part-time, freelance, contractual, work from home and internship opportunities for women while the Talents (CV) Page is a database of ladies that organisations would like to hire for their specific needs.
Apart from that women who do different or ‘good’ work are featured in the section ‘FemmeHire Faire’ while super achievers who successfully maintain a work-life balance are present in ‘Femme of the Month’. The ‘Social Service’ page is intended to help charities dealing with women and children by giving them the required exposure. ‘Fliers’ is an advert page to publicise ladies and/or their work under different categories.
is a Human Resource blog that was started as I got back to studies while having taken a break from work. It is intended to provide HR knowledge to students in a simplified form and has been very encouraging to see the same readers return repeatedly and ask questions.
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