Flying High: Moetesum Khurshid after LUMS EMBA Programme
“I served in the Navy for 14 years after my commissioning and the best days for me was as a pilot. Unfortunately, I had to leave due to a flying accident. I was overqualified for the startup positions by then, while my work experience meant that it was difficult for me to apply for lateral entry into middle level positions in the corporate sector,” says Moetesum Khurshid, a graduate of the LUMS Executive MBA Class of 2009.
“With responsibilities to fulfill, I decided to opt for either a regular MBA programme or some executive courses. I read about the benefits of executive courses on various international universities websites. I concluded that the an executive MBA programme would be rigorous but would provide great learning about the private sector, due to interaction with people from all sectors. Such a course would offer me a lot of flexibility too,” states Moetesum as the reason for choosing an Executive MBA programme.
Moetesum was convinced that the Executive MBA programme at LUMS was the platform that could equip him with the essentials required for him to enter the corporate world. He had the opportunity to meet a few LUMS graduates and could see that though the Executive MBA programme was launched just a few years back, yet it was regarded highly by MNCs and local companies for their middle management employees, as well as for individuals wishing to add to their qualifications.
Moetesum is currently employed at Royal Airport Services (Pvt) Limited as General Manager, Operations. Speaking of his experience during the EMBA programme, Moetesum says, “It was phenomenal! I had the best class and most important of all was the exceptionally great faculty. The depth of knowledge from both sides was immense and you had to be doubly prepared to present and win your case. There was no room for error as far as presenting the facts was concerned. You had to make an in-depth analysis as the “WHY” would always be resonating in the class; your historical analysis had to be deep and your future strategy do-able, not a pie in the sky. Each day was a day of new learning for me, a new experience and what I am able to perform today is all because of the interactive sessions I had and the exercises done during each case study.”
Moetesum remembers being hesitant in the beginning as only cases were being discussed in class and he was tuned to studying from books. But as things progressed, he says the class had to shift gears to study course contents and then prepare cases to present facts in a professional manner. “Many of us had to unlearn and truly speaking it was mandatory before actually understanding the true essence of the case and the course itself. The faculty was always supportive. They would support your argument, listen to your reasoning patiently and yet add to our knowledge at the end on how we could have made our analysis or understanding of a theory more prudent and articulate.”
After leaving the Navy, Moetesum joined a national pharmaceutical company and carried out various management projects. As he progressed in the Executive MBA programme, Moetesum started participating more at work and felt that people would listen to his opinion more. He saw the first advancement during the summer break after Year 1 of the EMBA programme, when he was assigned a new position as Market Research Officer. “In my new position I carried out market research on products, as well as on customers and presented them before the marketing team. It was a great success for me when things were made based on the conclusions of my market reports. Based on the market results, after one year I was given a startup marketing group and it was a tremendous responsibility as it involved marketing and finances. Costs had to be managed while meeting the revenue targets,” says Moetesum.
“The Executive MBA programme provided huge professional learning for me,” states Moetesum. He feels that earning a gold medal in the EMBA programme and making it to the Dean’s Honor List was a huge reward for him. He says he felt more confident in his professional life as it gave further credence to his work.