College of Law and Management Studies

The need to be financially savvy motivated Medical doctor, Dr Seetal Hargovan to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning.

‘I believe that everyone should understand “how money works” and how to manage their financial affairs. While I am aware that professional financial advisors are available I felt it was important for me to gain deeper insight into the financial sector,’ said Hargovan.

The medical and financial fields might be worlds apart, but the part-time Anaesthetics medical officer and mother of two says maintaining a healthy balance was as rewarding as it was challenging.

‘During the two-year diploma I started working again as a part-time medical officer at Addington Hospital and fell pregnant with my second child,’ said Hargovan.

‘It was challenging to juggle all aspects of my life and I would not have been able to complete my studies without the support of my family. The course is mainly aimed at people already working in the financial field or with pre-existing undergraduate business qualifications that wish to pursue a career as financial advisors. Despite my medical background I was able to cope with the coursework and thoroughly enjoyed the learning process,’ she added.

Hargovan is planning to use her newly acquired knowledge to advance her career and to better manage her personal finances.

‘I gained much insight into the matters surrounding personal finance. In the future, I hope to use both my Medical degree and Financial Planning diploma by working in the financial field as a consultant medical advisor.’

Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Supplied