Plan well and plan long term. Get a 10-20 year plan in place – even if life takes you somewhere else, it still helps-Rukesh Reddy-PGP IIMA-Class of 2009

Rukesh Reddy
Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, New York
IIMA, PGP, Class of 2009

A brief intro on what triggered the MBA decision?

Standard decision after a standard career path (engineering)

How was the MBA experience, both as a student and as a professional ? What were the key learnings?

Plan well and plan long term. Get a 10-20 year plan in place – even if life takes you somewhere else, it still helps. Ask seniors and professors as much advice as possible.

Your views on the current scenario? Where does the MBA stand in the wake of new opportunities in the education space?

“1) Academic learning
2) Networking. If you go to a top school, you will make friends with many people who will be very successful in the future. Is a great asset
3) Few glass ceilings (non-MBAs often hit a ceiling within their companies even if they are very strong. MBAs don’t face that hurdle)”

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?

Hate to say it, but Indian MBAs = Green (except ISB). Need more workex. Need more rounded skillset. Even I was green, so not being judgmental here, just being honest

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 seen as young leaders, but often seen as naive, over-ambitious. A few years in corporate usually makes them wiser

Your advice to future MBA aspirants?

*Please* work for at least 1-2 years before doing an MBA (if not more). And please try to get that experience in a non-standard setting (e.g. Non IT). That way you will truly learn how to work with people, how to drive change in organizations, and how to make yourself heard. Reality is, you will have a 30-35 year long career in front of you once you finish your MBA. Most of you will be in a corporate setting, so makes sense to get some perspective early on. And for those who hope to end up as entrepreneurs, all the more reason why you need to go get some real workex before you go do an MBA. There is a reason why b-schools abroad have 0% intake of candidates with no workex. Not 10%, not 5%, its 0%. Go figure. And if you are getting underpaid for that first job out of undergrad, its fine. That job will still teach you a lot, and is worth that investment. Kids abroad work part-time right from high school. On top of that they have many years of workex leading into an MBA. Without ever working in a place that makes money, do you think you can go learn all there is to be learnt about running a corporation or a business?

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