Dinisha is a respected tax professional at one of the world’s leading professional services firms and is currently completing her MBA at Richfield.
Dinisha, as a Tax professional, what does your workday look like?
Most days are packed with meetings. I am usually busy delivering client work when I am not attending a meeting. I learn something new every day in my profession. My work is extremely interesting and stimulating but also very demanding.
Why did you choose Richfield for your MBA?
The technology revolution is currently changing the business landscape, which requires a new way of thinking and innovative skills. Richfield’s MBA programme has a strong focus on digital transformation, which is why I felt that this MBA programme would provide the skills and knowledge I was looking for. Also, being a fully online programme, provided the convenience of studying from the comfort of my home, but more importantly, I was also able to connect with people outside of Kwa Zulu-Natal. My MBA network now expands across South Africa, with some solid relationships being created over a virtual platform. This would not have been achieved through a face-to-face programme.
As an MBA student, how do you balance family, work, and studies?
I am quite disciplined with my time. I created a fairly rigid, schedule for the last 20 months focusing on my top priorities. Family time and work made up most of my day, however, evenings and most weekends were dedicated to my MBA studies.
Which module have you found to be the most interesting and relevant for your career?
The module that heightened my interest was Innovative Talent Management. There has been a significant increase in the number of skilled professionals leaving South Africa, including my family and friends. This spurred me on to conduct a research study to better understand the causes for the loss of critical skills in South Africa, the impact it has on the economy (including the tax base) and how corporates can address their talent retention strategies, which could influence skilled professionals to stay.
Why is it important for this generation to continuously educate themselves?
Education empowers you, helps you remain relevant in the workplace; and gives you the confidence to take on a challenge.
What inspires you?
Authenticity in people inspires me. When people are themselves, you get to learn so much more from them and about them, which leads to building stronger relationships.
Your favourite motivational quote?
“Incredible things can be done simply if we are committed to making them happen” – Sadhguru
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about taking on an MBA at Richfield?
Do not overthink it, just do it. The only regret you will have is not having done it sooner.
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