Aminath (Azu) Azhan

Aminath (Azu) Azhan

Aminath (Azu) Azhan

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: PhD
  • Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Aminath (Azu) Azhan completed her PhD in 2019 with the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health and now works as a management consultant at Deloitte.

How has your Monash degree helped you succeed in your career? How have you been able to apply your skills in your current position?

My PhD has helped my transition into management consulting in so many ways, I didn’t realise how often I was using the skills I had learned during the course of my PhD. The ability to work in a collaborative manner with different teams and manage expectations with stakeholders and clients has been incredibly valuable in my current position. I'm always switching from project to project, they range from 4 weeks to 6 months and I'm working with different teams each time. Adapting quickly to new styles of working and getting to know each team has been quite thrilling.

Communicating and simplifying complex information to a variety of stakeholders and clients is essential. Along with being able to digest information quickly, understanding the key message and doing in-depth research on a particular topic. Developing a PhD thesis and co-authoring publications, along with written reports, have helped me to produce deliverables and reports of a higher-quality whilst also adapting scientific language into business writing. Understanding the healthcare industry and being comfortable with how the medical industry functions have been beneficial to my role. This knowledge has equipped me in my role with knowledge of upcoming health and research trends.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I really enjoy the collaborative nature of management consulting projects and the access to various thought leadership articles, individuals of all expertise, levels and industries. Consulting firms are innovative organisations, with a focus on the Healthcare space. It's been amazing being part of the technology transformation of Healthcare in this age of disruption.

With the future of health in mind, we support healthcare organisations with challenging transitions to understand and adopt technologies that will eventually improve the delivery outcomes and create a greater experience for care within health.

What has been your biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?

One of my biggest challenges is saying "No", whilst also finding it difficult to balance displeasing someone versus setting healthy boundaries. I learned the hard way that saying yes led to spreading myself too thin and feeling overwhelmed. I highly recommend saying "No" and keeping it honest but brief, you don't need to make long excuses or apologise and once you get the hang of it, it's very empowering.

What advice would you give current PhD graduates? OR What is the most valuable advice you have received, personally or professionally?

I think it's hard to see the value of your PhD outside of that realm as you feel like you haven't been working professionally for a long time. We're definitely a lot more equipped than we think. We have learned to overcome challenging scenarios, thought about how we'd approach each scenario critically and manage the expectations of ourselves and others.I think realising your value and what you have to offer is critical and knowing how to convey the skills you have learnt, particularly when networking, applying for a job and attending an interview.

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