Postgraduate pair praise mentor for corporate gain

Paul Bocij
9 June 2011

Two aspiring entrepreneurs from Aston Business School are in the process of establishing a creative trade venture which could benefit the UK education sector, thanks to knowledge gained from their unique course.

Bimal Patel and Anmol Sheth were among the first cohort to begin on the MSc in Information Systems & Business Analysis course – believed to be the first of its kind in the country - in September 2010. The classmates soon became friends and quickly teamed up to set up an IT company which aims to help, support and offer guidance on student services.

For example, it will provide a specialist virtual networking opportunity where Aston University students, past and present, can share good practice, exchange tips and ideas about the marketplace as well as offer each other professional support in terms of job interviews and guidance on completing applications, among much more. In addition, the portal will feature a series of forums, each divided into professional sectors. This will enable users to connect with like-minded people.

Bimal, aged 22, who graduated last year in Business Management and Accounting from DeMontfort University, said:

“We are incredibly excited by our emerging business and its hugely promising scope. This would not have been possible without the knowledge we have acquired from our postgraduate course. In addition, we are blessed to have an extraordinary mentor, Paul Bocij, who is truly amazing.”

Agreeing with Bimal, his business partner, Anmol Sheth, also aged 22, added:

“Indeed, Paul is remarkable. It’s the way he delivers the course which has enabled us to put the theory into practice, the result of which has so far been very pleasing and positive too.”

Anmol is currently on a further study programme in Rotterdam which will help him advance his skills on developing a business plan and entrepreneurial ethos. This huge step towards their ultimate career goal was inspired by their chosen dissertations, also by the fact that their fathers are both successful and respected businessmen.

Currently, Bimal and Anmol’s self-funded business model is being piloted at ten education institutions in the UK. So far, all of them have given positive feedback and are looking to develop a more stronger business relationship.

The MSc in Information Systems & Business Analysis was officially launched at Aston Business School last year, following consultation with industry.

International employers in various professional sectors were asked what key knowledge and competencies they look for in candidates when recruiting. The list included: Time management and organisational skills; delivering projects which meet business requirements; interpersonal and communication skills; ability to be effective in a team-working environment; and dealing with clients and managing relationships.

Course director Paul Bocij has authored numerous books on technology including Business Information Systems, one of the UK’s most successful text books.

Paul said: “Bimal and Anmol are an asset to Aston Business School. They are too generous in their words, but their success is down to their sheer hard work, willingness to go the extra mile, ability to listen, learn and absorb, and to pursue their passion and vision. I wish them both every success.”

The course aims to give the learner an expert understanding of how information systems support a business and its operations. It aims to prepare the learner – as has been experienced by Bimal and Anmol – for a range of specialist careers as consultants, managers and business analysts. Learners are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.

Basic entry requirements for this course include a good UK honours degree (minimum upper second-class) and two professional references – at least one must be from an academic. The course can be studied full-time, one year or part-time over two years. Applications for the ISBA course are now being accepted for this year’s intake who will begin in September.

To find out more contact Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office on 0121 204 3200 or email

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