A brief intro on what triggered the MBA decision?
After graduating from IIT Delhi in the year 2013, the quest for exploring different domains of business is what triggered the desire to pursue an MBA. Coming from an engineering background had given me a technical perspective, but I lacked business acumen needed to run a successful business. It was a choice to add more skills right after my graduation, so as to be prepared to take up bigger roles when I get into the corporate world.
How was the MBA experience, both as a student and as a professional? What were the key learnings?
The fast paced pedagogy followed during PGP-1 at IIM-Ahmedabad helped me develop crucial skills like time-management, multi-tasking, group dynamics and quick learning capability. But at the same time, I missed the depth into courses which I could have developed in case they were covered in a less hectic manner. Extreme competitiveness and peer pressure within the campus challenged me to push my limits but limited me to think with the bandwagon.
Doing my Summer Internship with American Express gave me a fair idea about the payment and financial services industry. It also helped me realize that as a business analyst, I will be using only a small fraction of my learning derived from my IIM-A curriculum.
This led me to think of starting something of my own, where I can directly implement my learnings and not get confined by the requirements of a company. It was not difficult for me to find out like minded and competent peers in the campus and launch our own venture FruitOn. Our entrepreneurial journey has not always been smooth but the support that we have received from our faculties has been very inspirational.
Your views on the current scenario? Where does the MBA stand in the wake of new opportunities in the education space?
The teaching mechanism followed at IIM-A based on surprise quizzes, assignments and exams in my view promotes exam oriented learning, which needs to be re-designed to promote knowledge oriented learning. Secondly, the case based learning at IIM-A focuses more on Western World. The learning can be more industry oriented if the focus is more on Asian markets, where most of the students eventually end up working.
Your views on recruitment for the MBA programs (if any). What are the skillsets you find in the new MBA graduates? What are the gaps?
The Placement process at IIM-A is very streamlined, attracting a large number of firms from various sectors to recruit from the rich talent pool it has. There are also initiatives taken by the Placement Committee, Entre-Cell and CIIE to promote entrepreneurship among students. Students have the option of joining start-ups recruiting through entre-fair or to work on their own idea with CIIE during summers.
Your experience of interacting with MBAs? What is the broad view in the organisation? Where do MBAs add value in an organisation ? Whats the HRs vision of career planning for these young professionals?
MBAs with their knowledge in diverse domains and sectors have the competency to fit into many roles in an organization. However, it entirely depends upon the kind of career path one wants to pursue. One can choose to develop expertise in a particular field or take up different roles across different sectors.
Your advice to future MBA aspirants?
Have a clear understanding of your expectation and the avenues an MBA program offers to its students. Some years of work-experience or talking to some alumni can help in developing the right expectations.
Anything else that you would like to share with readers of www.mymbastory.com?
Be wary of the challenges and opportunities that campuses like IIM-A offers to make the most out of it.