For many years in his clinical career, Dr Naseeruddin Mahmood followed the predictable trail: part of the Class of 1988, he was the first Medical College alumnus to return to Pakistan, join the University as a faculty member and start a steady practice at the University Hospital.
But right at the peak of his institutional career, Dr Mahmood decided to change track. From full-time faculty, he went part-time and began private practice. On the side, he showed an interest in philanthropy and partook in the renovation and refurbishment of a local government hospital for children. Today Dr Mahmood is, in various capacities, part of the medical charities Sina Foundation, the Childlife Foundation and the Karachi Relief Trust.
“Be flexible in matters of a career,” Dr Mahmood advised the captivated, young audience at the Medical College Career Fair at Aga Khan University auditorium. “You don’t have to be associated with an institution to be successful. We should always be prepared if things don’t turn out the way we had planned them to be.”
A collaborative event between the AKU Office of Alumni Affairs and the Asia Chapter of the Medical College Alumni Association, the Career Fair was held to highlight training and job opportunities in Pakistan, United States, Europe and the Middle East.
“With countless options and diverse career paths available, it can be unnerving for students, graduates and even post-graduates to choose what to pursue,” said Rabia Waris MC ’13, in her introductory remarks.
Dr Saad Shafqat, President of the AKU Medical College Alumni Association Asia Chapter, said that he hoped students and alumni would take advantage of the event and the attendance at three-hour-long event was indeed promising.
For each training and opportunities section, guest speakers had been invited to share advice and coach the eager audience. They included Dr Mughees Shirani from the Department of Neurology, Dr Asad Ali and Dr Babar Hasan from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Dr Mahmood among others, who shared their own life stories and viewpoints.
The event concluded with a question and answer session.
Read more excerpts from the event in the upcoming spring issue of AKU-NAMA