From Aberdeen to Motivational Speaker & Psychiatrist - Dr Tharaka GunarathneDr Tharaka Gunarathne

MBcHB Medicine, 2005
From Aberdeen to Motivational Speaker & Psychiatrist

Your Time at Aberdeen

Why did you choose to study at Aberdeen?
Location.

What did you most enjoy about your time at Aberdeen?
It was a great course. I met my wife in my class!

If talking to a group of prospective students, what advice would you give them to help them make the most of their time at the University of Aberdeen?
Discover your strengths and passion. Then DEVELOP them!

Your Time After Aberdeen

What was the title of your first job after graduating from Aberdeen?
Doctor at NHS Grampian.

What did your first role involve?
Intense shifts as a junior doctor.

What is your current job title?
Keynote Speaker at Dr Tharaka Ltd. and Consultant Psychiatrist at NHS Grampian.

What is your current role?
Speaking to corporations; treating patients

Please briefly describe the journey from your first job after graduating to where you are now.
I climbed the medical ladder - after 12 years of being a doctor before I became a consultant. In 2016, I landed a TEDx talk which catalysed my Speaking career.

Was your degree at Aberdeen essential for getting to where you are now? If so, in what way?
My degree in Medicine has given me the unique perspective as a doctor for corporations to benefit from and improve their business.

One Top Tip

Define and refine your vision and values. Pursue the uncovering of your passion.