2024 MBAs Abroad: Kaveri Doshi, London Business School

Kaveri Doshi

London Business School

Home City and Country: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Kanaiya Exports Private Limited – Family Business, Business Development & Strategy Manager

How has studying business in the United Kingdom enriched your learning experience? Studying at a prestigious business school such as London Business School has greatly enriched my learning experience through exposure to a diverse, international student body and faculty, providing a global perspective on business practices. The school’s strong emphasis on case studies and practical learning in business education has helped me develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Engaging in rich, insightful discussions with my professors and classmates has been a pivotal element in sharpening my business acumen. In addition, being in a major financial and cultural hub, LBS offers numerous networking opportunities and access to industry leaders both on and off campus, enhancing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This experience has helped me cultivate adaptability, cross-cultural communication abilities, and a broader understanding of the global business landscape.

What has been the toughest transition to living in the United Kingdom so far? What have you done to overcome this difficulty? Adjusting to life abroad, especially being away from family for the first time, was challenging. However, the ease of digital communication has been a blessing in maintaining close ties with loved ones. Additionally, having my partner also studying at the London Business School has significantly eased the feeling of homesickness. The friendships I have developed in London have evolved into a new family circle, enriching my experience. Celebrating traditional festivals like Diwali and embracing new ones like Thanksgiving with these friends have helped me balance the joy of new cultures with the warmth of familiar traditions.

What school service has been the most helpful in transitioning to living in the United Kingdom? How has it helped you adapt? The LBS visa services team and the Programme office were exceptional. Their constant communication and timely updates, even outside regular working hours, were incredibly reassuring while I waited for my visa to be processed. Once in London, they were instrumental in easing my integration, offering crucial guidance on navigating the MBA programme and understanding the school system. They also provided practical advice on travel and house hunting. In addition to the support from the visa services and Programme office, the overall welcoming and inclusive environment of the school itself has contributed significantly to my smooth transition. The diverse student community, along with various cultural and social events, have played a key role in helping me feel more at home and connected in the UK. This combination of practical support and a nurturing community atmosphere has been essential in helping me to adapt to living in a new country.

What has been the most interesting cultural nuance of people living in the United Kingdom? Why has this struck you? A strong cultural nuance that I observed in the UK is the importance of “pub culture.” Pubs are more than just places to drink; they are social hubs where people gather to chat, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. This tradition emphasizes the importance of community and social connection in British life. The warm, friendly atmosphere of pubs, often with their unique historical and local character, is something that many from other cultures find intriguing and quintessentially British.

As someone from India, another aspect in the UK that I find particularly fascinating is the emphasis on gardening and outdoor spaces. It is not only a testament to a deep appreciation for nature, but also aligns with the pedestrian-friendly environment. This passion manifests in meticulously maintained private gardens, public parks, and vibrant floral displays in urban areas. These enhance the walkability and aesthetic appeal of towns and cities.

Are you seeking a Visa to work in the United Kingdom after graduation? If so, what obstacles have you faced and how did you overcome them? I plan to apply for a UK work visa post-graduation next year. The key challenge will be aligning my job search with the Post-Study Work Visa requirements under the Graduate Route. To effectively navigate this, I intend to use resources from my university’s career and visa services. I also plan to actively network with alumni and professionals at industry events to better understand the UK job market. Despite potential hurdles, I’m optimistic about finding a suitable job and meeting the visa criteria.

What have you done to make it easier to make friends with people from outside your home country at business school? Immersing myself in the dynamic and diverse environment of LBS, I have embraced the opportunity to meet 480+ peers from around the world. I dived into LBS’ lively student club culture, joining the Entrepreneurship, Women in Business, Commodities, Women’s Touch Rugby, and Tennis and Padel clubs. These clubs not only offer fantastic networking opportunities, but also a gateway to vibrant social interactions. Exciting club treks to destinations such as Geneva and Barcelona have added to the adventure, helping me to foster new friendships. Enjoying the dynamic theatre scene, watching football matches with my classmates, and celebrating Sake nights has enriched my social canvas. Moreover, our unique culinary exploration group, where we take turns picking restaurants that reflect our diverse heritages, adds an exhilarating and flavorful twist to our bonding experiences.

What piece of advice would you give to an international student looking to study in a UK graduate business program? The key to studying in the UK is to wholeheartedly embrace the unique blend of American and European influences with a classic British flair. Dive into the rich cultural mosaic, be open to myriad experiences, and actively engage in academic and social spheres. Sharpen your communication skills for effective multicultural interactions and seize every chance to connect with peers, faculty, and professionals. And remember that balance is essential; manage your time smartly to juggle academic duties, extracurricular activities, and personal well-being in this vibrant setting.


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