Nothing is too challenging for Ms Tricia Harvinder Kaur.
At work, the 38-year-old is an involved team leader. At home, she is a devoted mum to two children.
In addition, she is pursuing a part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) awarded by the United Kingdom’s University of Nottingham at PSB Academy.
When she was a teenager, Ms Kaur wanted to further her studies after her O levels. But she decided to put her study plans on hold to get married and start a family.
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She ventured into human resources (HR) as an HR and office executive, attaining a managerial post within seven years.
She enjoyed her job, but felt she should pursue a diploma if she wanted to rise up the corporate ladder and stay relevant in the industry.
The right path
Ms Kaur then began researching higher education options available to her.
In September 2006, she eventually enrolled in the part-time Diploma in Business Administration at PSB Academy.
She chose PSB as it was near both her home and workplace. It also had a range of interesting tie-ups with top international universities, which was important to her.
“PSB Academy offered a specialised course in HR, which not many schools were offering at that point in time,” she says.
Ms Kaur received her diploma in 2008, but her learning journey did not end there.
She continued studying at PSB Academy. This time, she pursued a degree in business studies and human resource management awarded by Loughborough University, a leading business school in the United Kingdom.
“My decision to power through with the two-year degree programme was spurred by my motivation to learn more about the human resource management aspects of the business environment,” she says.
Armed with her degree, she was appointed as the team head of the support staff at her workplace.
The increase in responsibilities was also a welcome challenge for the highly motivated Ms Kaur.
Her desire to learn was still strong, so she embarked on the MBA programme last August at PSB Academy.
She aims to graduate in 2019.
This internationally accredited course is designed to help aspiring managers tackle the emerging knowledge-based economy.
Ms Kaur finds the curriculum engaging and relevant. It has added value to her day-to-day work experiences.
“The skills and knowledge gleaned from my pursuit of higher learning enabled me to become more prudent, critical and efficient when making decisions on the job, and I hope that the upskilling effort will further prepare me to be future-ready,” she says.
She adds that PSB Academy’s professors are always ready and willing to offer their time and expertise whenever she has trouble grasping concepts and theories.
They have played a big role in inspiring her to better herself and fulfil her long-held ambition of graduating with a master’s degree.