There is nothing better than sipping a hot cup of coffee while relaxing beside the window, and watching the beautiful rains outside after months of scorching heat. As I was doing so, my heart filled with delight to watch the dancing trees, trying to collect as much water as they can. This scenario made me nostalgic. I was in a mood of retrospection, exciting and joyful under graduation days flashed my mind and I fondly remembered how my journey to MBA begin. And, to even think I will be getting a degree in Management a few months from now, fills my mind and heart with only happiness.
After completing my bachelors in Chemical Engineering, I started my career with a Cooling tech firm as an Engineer- Industrial Marketing, where I worked for three years. Later, I moved to Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines as Scientist. I was with GSI for two years. By then my status quo hit me again, 'What next?' So, I started exploring for some courses online, read a whole bunch of answers on Quora, and kept thinking which move would be right. Research and discussions for two days led me to a conclusion - MBA. With rich experience for 5 long years in Bureaucracy and Corporate, I decided that B - School is the right place to leverage my skills and grow up in a career.
Preparation for entrance examination was not easy at all, as I had to juggle it with work parallelly. Finally, after vigorous tussles, call from one of the leading B School in the country came by and I immediately took for their One Year Fast Track PGPM Programme, something I was looking for given that I had a good work experience.
My first day at the campus is still clear in my head. With full of energy, positivity, the campus was brimming with noise and new hellos. From classroom to mess, and to the hostel, time spent in a B School is an eventful learning experience. There are so many versatile activities that one is always running up to (with a short deadline!).
There is always a room to learn more. Even with such a hectic schedule, the freedom and flexibility offered at a Management Institute is unmatchable. The curriculum while emphasizing diligence towards knowledge, also encourages active participation in the co-curricular activities.
The most important aspect amongst all good B-school is a common platform between students and industry experts. Such open house interactions have broadened my perspective and enhanced my problem-solving skills. Initially, I had a perception that peer learning is an overhyped concept but after coming to B-school I realized the importance of it. Where no two students are same, the diversity that B-school brings on the table is amazing. Being a part of fast-track one year MBA program, I learned the art of prioritizing and scheduling my work.
The best thing that happened to me was that the environment forced me out of my comfort zone. There is no better way to learn than having the freedom to do plenty of mistakes (though not repeat the same ones again!).
Along with business management, life at campus also instilled a valuable time lesson of self- management in me. Even after working for 5 years, it was only after coming to B-school I realized how to manage time (so much more can be done in little time). Amidst a plethora of opportunities and engaging activities, one may always wish if there were more than 24 hours per day. Series of events like committee activities, lectures, assignments, projects, celebration, and those endlessly long pre-reads for the next morning has made me realize that balancing is an overhyped concept, we can actually have it all. The healthy competition between students moving around for committee interviews and re-iterating their elevator pitches on why they should be chosen into the Committee or the Student Council moulds you to be more active.
Before joining a B-School, I often had new ideas but I used to wait until I was assured that everyone in the room respected me, the unsaid fear of not being able to deliver properly. Whereas now, be it class presentations, committee activities, the fear has completely disappeared. I feel so confident in sharing my thoughts and ideas, regardless of anybody's presence, even if sometimes, I have to say that I don’t have the right answer, I do it with grace.
Along with the knowledge of so many core courses, life at B-school has been helping me to evolve my social character. It is at B-school that I realized the importance of networking, long-term & mutually beneficial relations. At B-school, you are always surrounded by people of all sorts – peers, faculty, eminent guests from other institutes and most importantly industrialist. Unlike typical bookish academia, the life at B-school throws immense experiential learning opportunities. I was exposed to a number of experiential learning opportunities by being part of programs like leadership program, experiential real-time trading to name a few.
MBA is one-time investment, but a lifetime learning experience. Lessons that would last a whole life! And I would strongly recommend anyone who is in doubt, to go ahead and enroll yourself for a Management degree if you want to progress and succeed in life.