One month into the program, I must admit that I have made a good decision. I am finally living my big dream – doing an MBA and that too from a premier institue – S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Reasearch (SPJIMR). I must confess that this one month has started transforming me into a person with a broad perspective and a lateral thinking.
I always heard from people that MBA is a “FAD” and this belief became stronger after coming to this place, but all for good. This belief always keeps you on your toes and motivates you to do something bigger and better in life. This belief does not let you sleep with an aim to prove the world and the critics wrong at the end of the day. Having said that, I must acknowledge that MBA will never bring a sea change in you and your personality but it can always provide you with the ways of how you can excel and react to the opportunities coming your way. It will always give you the means to reach your goals. People say that MBA is all about “GYAAN” and this is true in every sense. But one should not forget that this “GYAAN” comes from others’ practical experiences and one should respect this fact. It is upto an individual how he/she perceives this gyaan and relates to the experiences in his/her life. One should be absolutely clear about why he wants to do an MBA and what benefits he desire to reap from the MBA program (this is especially true for a one year MBA). It requires a lot of introspection to be done and a showcase of your initiative taking abilities. It is all about making the right move and meeting the right people at the right time.
In a B-school, you are exposed to the harsh realities of life, the prominent one being the “The Rat Race”. No matter how strong you are in your beliefs, the B-school will always accelerate your involvement in this rat-race. The learning is to not get into this trap and look out for avenues to leverage on your past experiences and to gather “GYAAN” from all the corners of the college building, with an effective filter working round the clock.
Though these are stil the early days, but one thing is clear – Most of us who came here with a pre-determined mindset of where they want to be after one year and how they will change themselves and the world around after getting that “elusive” MBA degree are totally stumped after getting the real feel of the environment. I know you are a bit confused at this point (which is quite human ). Just to elaborate, an MBA degree will never load you with the golds and the diamonds, what it can best do for you is to start introspecting what you have, where you want to go and how you can reach there. It will inculcate in you the “Can-do” spirit by setting aside your fears – the fear of failure and the fear of rejection. Staring from the first day itself, you should always “Design and improvise your learning process at the institute”. As they say, “Calm seas never make a good sailor”, so before embarking on a journey to change the things around you, a B-school life is a big opportunity to experience the change management, starting from your innerself.
So, in sum, you have to enjoy each and every minute of your stay in a B-school with your eyes and ears wide open because this is the place to see the world in totality and a place to do some introspection before its too late and you find yourself standing at the closing doors of the MBA program.
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With Best Wishes,
PGPM811 (batch of 2012)