Our PGDM (GM) candidates arrive at XLRI with professional experience and career aspirations as diverse backgrounds as they are. Explore some of the Career Transformation Journeys of PGDM (GM) Batch 2020-21 and begin charting yours today. The PGDM (GM) programme provides tools, resources and support to empower our candidates to identify and reach their career goals.
When I decided to join the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (General Management) Program at XLRI, Jamshedpur, I had some specific set of objectives in mind to fulfil through this program. Those specific set of objectives would take me from point A to point B which is nothing but the Career Transformation Journey. Let me now clearly state the key points or takeaways from my transformation journey in XLRI.
Transformation always happens in life through something. It reshapes us. The Management program at XLRI, Jamshedpur transformed me personally and developed my skills which will be the foundation stone of my future Corporate Career as an Ethical and Sustainable Business Leader.
I started my professional journey with Engineer in Manufacturing industry, post my B. tech in Manufacturing Engineering. I undertook charge of operations and manufacturing in foundry shop, handled foundry project activity from civil work to fabrication, erection, and commissioning. Played critical role in trial-run and started production. I handled large team at shop floor, worked with multiple stakeholders, undergone manpower and crisis management. Working for two years in foundry, gave me initial exposure of being professional in my domain and to cross the threshold that is required to be ready for next important assignment. I was looking for further career growth that may take me work closer to the management side.
Later I joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to take up new assignment as production engineering where I leveraged my past-experience of being manufacturing engineer to become proficient in production planning and control. I took assignment of managing production schedule of annual and rolling task of manufacturing and overhauling of AL31FP engine of Sukhoi. I worked with Oracle as ERP to undertake my functional area of expertise, worked with multiple cross functional teams, Coordinated in GM review meeting. Undertaken assignment of report preparation, shortage analysis, provisioning of parts, monitoring and control of complete lifecycle of engine within the factory.
This prompts me to take my career beyond what I was doing. I wanted to move up in the ladder of hierarchy in the organization. Leveraging my experience to work at the bottom line, I thought that I can contribute better to management in my domain. Thinking about management education can empower me to take better decisions in life and control over my functional area, I can better coach to others and my subordinate to improve the processes to increase efficiency and productivity of the organization. This inspires me to pursue MBA further in my career.
Going through the last leg of my MBA in XLRI, I gained exposure to the business impact. Earlier I was not able to apply business knowledge to see the impact at the firm level, but now I am able to relate with the firm’s performance at the higher level. I have the skill set, business approach and strategy to solve the problems and control over the business area. I can see what activity lead to what business implications financially, operationally, etc.
Further I gained transferrable skills to transform my self from core operations to IT. Getting exposure to learn business intelligence and data mining, big data analytics and other analytical tools Such as R and Python, and to digital transformation, I have transformed myself to be industry ready for IT. My interest in finance management coupled with operations and other core and electives courses, have given me foresight to analyse rationally the overall picture. If I conclude this, I can say post MBA acted as a leapfrogging to my professional journey.
Contemplating my experience before pursuing MBA, I realized it was more aligned to the technical aspects of the job. Working as an I O Engineering Analyst at Optum Global Solutions, I used my analyzing and problem-solving skills to handle critical requirements of clients in the technical domain. Simultaneously, I was involved in handling teams and working on management’s requirements. I found fulfillment knowing that the results of my work had a business impact in my domain. Moving forward, I wanted to transition into a role where I could amplify my impact by polishing the same data-driven problem-solving framework to a broader range of problems. To succeed in such a role, I needed a holistic view of the business that XLRI instills. The General Management Program offered by XLRI gave me a platform to enhance my skills in various business dimensions. With the flavors of domains like marketing, strategy, finance, and operation, I learned the various concepts and frameworks, which would aid me in making critical decisions in my future role. One of the key highlights of the course was to share the same classroom with people of vast experience and different domains. This enriched the level of classroom discussion and also helped in cross-functional training. The case discussions and simulations, which were the core of many subjects, enabled us to experience real-life problems and enable our learnings to get the best out of the situation. Working on various projects and assignments with strict deadlines provided a trailer about how the actual work balance needs to be maintained once we are back live.
I have been fortunate to be placed in Mindtree Limited, where I have been offered a role of a Consultant. I am looking forward to applying my learnings into this new role, and further grow in the career trajectory I envisioned for myself
I started my career as a trainee technician in Air India after completing my B.Sc. In Industrial Science & AME course from Thakur Institute of Aviation Technology (TIAT).
Entry into aircraft maintenance is tough hundreds of students passing out of the institute every year, but the industry is not growing at the same rate, and not everyone gets a job. In some cases, students don't even get an opportunity to do an internship. I did not get a stipend; instead, I had to pay Rs. 30,000 for every six months of the training in the Air India Facility & I trained there for a year.
I remember competing with several interns just to get an opportunity to look at what the engineer was doing and learn from him. It was a terrific experience working in the heat & sometimes inside confined spaces such as the fuel tank, every time with zero tolerance for error. I learned about the processes used in Aircraft Maintenance &built strong working relations, which helped me outdo the competition, and soon, I became one of the preferred trainees among the mechanics.
Early in my career, I realized that I should not miss out on any opportunity to learn when I was in Air India. After finishing my Avionics related work, I searched for new avenues to gain more exposure. I worked in the engine department, cabin department, and wherever I could get to learn something new.
One sad day, I had a wrist injury (a ligament tear) while driving, and then I could not use the tools like before. I always think long-term; because of this event, I realized that I would be of no use to the industry if something like this happens later. I would simply be thrown out.
I started applying for positions in the maintenance planning & engineering department at other airlines. I was selected in Jet Airways as a trainee in technical services - power-plant department on a No Pay No Fee basis.
This was a massive change for me, I came from the field, and now I was in an office environment. I was lucky to have highly experienced colleagues who trained me, solved my queries & get me up to speed. Now, I was not working on aircraft but learning to prepare the engineering orders used by engineers to do the maintenance. Apart from that, I got an opportunity to assist technical services engineers in presenting our findings & analysis to aircraft engine OEM representatives & participate in modification meetings, and understanding how this side of the world works.
During my tenure at Jet Airways, I got an opportunity to work in CAV Aero Services, a Mumbai-based aviation consulting company, and then there was no looking back. I managed and completed several due diligence projects with prominent International Airlines.
Projects could be categorized into three buckets: 1. Managing the transition of aircraft from one airline to another, also known as redelivery 2. Managing the Maintenance check of aircraft in an MRO 3. Managing the Sale, Purchase & Repossession due diligence projects.
I traveled to several countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, where I managed projects for various clients. I was again lucky to have superb bosses who groomed me and deployed me on challenging projects. After working for four years, I was transferred to CAS Management as the Asst. Manager. Now, I managed multiple projects at a time and managed the large size of teams located in different locations across the globe and working towards a common goal.
I learned by experimenting, observing others, and researching & always felt a need for formal managerial education; that is when I decided to take a deep dive into the ocean of management science. I worked hard and got into the oldest B-school in India and arguably the finest B school in the continent XLRI Jamshedpur. In the PGDM -General Management program at XLRI, the journey to XLRI and until the end of the program was indeed a transformational journey. I learned the tools and frameworks that a manager must have and apart from that being from the batch of 2020-21 (aka The COVID Batch) has given us a much more significant advantage., I have learned how to work under stress, how to tolerate ambiguity, how to handle anxiety, how to negotiate, how to stay anti-fragile & I got to know how important it is to be emotionally intelligent when there is a crisis, how to detect crisis & how important it is to inspire people when they are low. I am proud to have learned from the best minds & along with the best peer group that I had.
I'll bring along these mental models, and in my humble opinion, these are the skill sets required for any job, and anyone who possesses these skill sets would be making a difference in this business world.
If you can dream it, you can do it! – Walt Disney
I believe every individual has his or her dream of achieving something, which acts as an incentive for hard work. I realized mine was to acquire leadershipforte while serving one of the emerging leaders and a prestigious Indian brand with global footprints across the automobile industry. I have had stints for Intrapreneurship at work, contributing innovative ideas for the desired change. The mesmerizing line often sticks to my heart:
To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often! – Winston Churchill
The great entrepreneurElon Musk & great industrialistRatan Tata have always inspired me to followthe change contributing towards the greater good of the society. In my opinion, for any individual to take prominent decisions requires an excessive amount of understanding across different platforms. Hence, I had always wanted to diversify my intellect abilities.
While I enjoyed my time at Tata Motorsas a Sr. Manager, I desired to overcome the comfort zone engulfing the path of charismatic leaders, the ones who packaged me across leadership, technical& behavioural aspects of their corporate journey.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world! – Nelson Mandela
I passionately decided to expand my horizons through the wings of one of the most prestigious B-school institutions, XLRI Jamshedpuroffering the General Management Executive Program being one of its flagship endeavours. TheNPVof the dreams being captured here is beyond any justification of the quality time spent, surpassing all the opportunity costs that were once considered. The journey is so beautiful that it transforms you not as a leader but also as a human being. The brand tagline - For the greater good will make sure that you inoculate all decisions effectively with accountability.
Such a short time of one year at XLRI gives you a whole life worth of experiences. Somewhere battling with constant academic productive pressure, co-curricular activities, support from the globally recognized excellent faculty, and not to forget, the social peer pressure network of dailyshenanigans, you are being transformed every moment.
It’s all magical! It has taught meAudi alteram partem- to hear the other side before judging. Learning to consider non-verbal cues with a listening ability is something incredible to pave my way towards an eminent corporate leadership odyssey.
It made me realize the importance of clock-speed. The priorities you set for life are the ones gaining your time from only 24 hours. The implementation of this gesture is what differentiates you from the rest. The art of finding solutions to every problem in a 2x2 matrix has kept the opportunism and enthusiasm flowing to the brims. The managerial ethics that frames your architecture is an emotion forever. I got an exponential change ready to exceptionally lead the times ahead.
The bunch of innumerable experiences being experienced in one year at XLRI transforms you to the depth never imagined!
Being a computer science engineer for the good six years of my career was one of the passions I always had towards my career. However, as I grew as a professional, I felt that I need to work on the business side of things to get to know industry management and functioning in-depth.
When I came into the program, I had a case of imposter syndrome, coming from an engineering background. But, the career services committee of the college and the faculty, in addition to teaching the skills I needed to get beyond that, really helped me to understand the value I could bring and craft my resume, tying all the dots together. They helped me to basically paint the story of who I am today and why I can bring value.
The MBA program gave me ample networking opportunities that helped me forge links with people of similar interests and professions for getting information and sharing knowledge.
The skills I learned at business school- strategy, marketing, negotiations, resource management, and yes, PowerPoint building - open the door to management opportunities. I understood the business and financial implications of managers’ technical decisions and overall strategy and the need for communication and interpersonal skills associated with building and leading diverse, cross-functional teams.
Overall the programme has been a great learning experience that enriched my business acumen and got me ready to lead in the management world.
My XLRI academic journey, which began in July 2020, is almost into a year. I hope that by sharing my experience, other students like me will be able to go on their path with their eyes wide open, sure that they, too, will discover the ideal answer to their academic dreams—just like I did.
My MBA experience was incredibly incredible, and it will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable moments of my life. I had the opportunity to meet and engage with individuals from all over India, form a close circle of friends from all regions of the nation, and study various subjects and phrases that are essential for any manager to understand. The most significant things I got were self-confidence and a strong approach to thinking about and analysing situations.
I could go on and on about my MBA experience, but I'd like to offer some words of wisdom for all MBA applicants and existing MBA students:
1. Don't pursue an MBA if all you want is a decent job in the end. Please do it for the experience, education, and desire to meet people from all over the world.
2. Don't have unrealistic expectations for the future. Your experience will undoubtedly be fantastic if you attend a highly regarded institution. Try your hardest to attain your goals, but don't expect your dreams to come true simply because you have an MBA.
During the MBA
1. Grades and academic performance are crucial, but networking is more vital. Get to know your classmates well, as well as your teachers. Be an active part of the student body and attend as many club activities as possible.
2. Become acquainted with your Alumni and Career Services. They and your class network are all you'll take away from the programme. Try to do this frequently throughout the programme, but especially in the second half.
3. Don't rely too much on Campus Placements; if you find a job through them, great, but don't lose sleep over it.
4. 2020 was a year of limited movement, financial insecurity, and uncertainty due to the Covid Pandemic. It was also a significant movement from offline to online existences for a big part of the worldwide population. 2020 opened room for online and long-distance learning, and I witnessed hundreds of schools emphasising their online programmes, encouraging, and motivating individuals to apply for them. How XLRI conducted the sessions elicited enhanced creativity and invention, the kind that occurs when a system is pushed into disarray. And with this shift in emphasis in future learning systems comes opportunity.
The Final Leg
The fact is that applying for an MBA is challenging from the start; there are a million loopholes and blind spots in the processes, not to mention the intricacies of our own lives. You can't prepare for everything, but you can be extremely honest with yourself and people you encounter along the route about your personal experience. Negotiate for yourself to the end, asking questions about what can be done for you; the worst that can happen is a no. Finally, if there is no turmoil, there is no opportunity.
Working as an Engineer in the manufacturing industry, I was able to develop my technical as well people skills. However, after 9 years in the industry, the time warranted for introspection of what more can be done. At that point in my life, I understood that I had gathered knowledge of various industry functions but is lacking the overall knowledge of the business. I agreed to myself that formal management education would fill the gap. I appeared for XAT and qualified with a good score. I got selected in India’s oldest and esteemed B-School, XLRI. The course structure of the program enabled me to connect the dots. I have got selected to work in Mining Industry as a Supply Chain Analyst. I am excited to enhance my skills by working in a different industry than I have worked in earlier.
I started my career journey with Tata Consultancy Services in 2014 with a three-month training in project development at Trivandrum, Kerala. Post-training, I was assigned a Quality Analyst role in Gurgaon, working for South African Bank. The part included working with the client over the Payment Engine offered by TCS Bancs. I had immense learning of the bank's business model with settlement systems.
The role included knowledge of client business models and matched with my goal of pursuing an MBA. After working for around two years, the firm offered me an onsite opportunity to work closely with the client and handle the development and migration of the Credit Payment module. The client interaction and my stay onsite made me realize that though I am technically strong with module needs, I am yet to develop business intellect to analyze the overall product development. I started looking for an MBA course that would help me fill this void and make me ready for handling complex business circumstances.
Persistent preparation for GMAT and Group interviews helped me acquire a seat for the Executive MBA course in XLRI, Jamshedpur. The rich and fast-paced course is designed for working professionals with five years of industry experience. The executive MBA helped me improve my leadership and people management skills through group interactions and projects among peers from diverse industry backgrounds and work cultures. MBA degree forced me to get out of my comfort zone. I explored the latest International Business trends, applying the newest management tools and techniques, and challenge myself to improve my business, teams, and collaboration skills.
MBA served as a platform to analyze and understand products and services offered by various industry and their competitors. Applying the skills gained in MBA and demonstrating my relevant experience, I was able to ace an interview at OYO Hotels for the Product Manager position. I am sure to utilize learnings from the MBA to every day of my life, thus providing me a practical mindset and framework for looking and acting at succeeding business situations.
Amidst the pandemic, it was not an easy decision for me to leave the relative safety of a Public Sector Bank job to pursue my MBA dream. But what convinced me to take the plunge was the rich and vibrant legacy of XLRI coupled with the unique experience and new perspectives that this journey promised meto provide. Now, when I look back at this voyage with the benefit of hindsight, I can say with conviction that it ticks all the right boxes.
The journey through the hallowed portals of XLRI has not only being transformational in terms of my career but more importantly it has been a life changing experience. It was a real privilege for me to be under the tutelage of professors in the institute who are leading figures in their respective fields. I have also been fortunate to be part of a very vibrant cohort of batch mates coming from diverse backgrounds who have helped me re-shape my thinking and broaden my horizons with the insights from their rich and vast experience.
Apart from the academic rigor that I have been witness to in XLRI, which has helped me to sharpen my skill set and be future ready, the institute has also provided me with a platform to pursue my varied interests and push the boundaries. In this path to self-actualization facilitated by the institute, I have discovered new dimensions to my personality leading to a better understanding of self and its interaction with the world outside.
The overall immersive experience that the institute has provided to me during my MBA journey has been an exciting and enriching one empowering me with the necessary tools and skill sets to face the vagaries of life and at the same time helped me to evolve into a better human being.
I feel very happy and proud to mention the role XLRI General management program has played in My career transformation and career switch journey.
It is generally said that it is extremely difficult to switch both industry and function simultaneously, because you do not have enough transferable skills to get noticed by the hiring managers even with your shiny new MBA.
But for me, a major career switch took place by doing an MBA at XLRI. I changed not only the industry but also the function.
I was earlier heading operations of security services business. My profile is considered very niche and unique but the placement structure and process at XLRI has been very supportive and Creative.
I have got placed as Principal Consultant and business head for a management consulting firm close to my home place. My responsibility is to handle the business creation and entire aspects of the project lifecycle from planning to monitoring and feedback.
I can take the management consulting business of the firm in any domain or multiple domains for the North Indian region.
I am going to work directly with the Partner of the firm and the new business creation in the entire North Indian region from Gurgaon base is my responsibility.
I am very happy with the responsibility provided to me as it will be a sudden steep learning curve for me in the near future.
The designation, role and responsibilities, management consulting industry and the location seem to be all apt for me.
The MBA in general management delivered the general management skill that has enabled me to explore my options across a wide range of sectors giving me significantly greater flexibility.
Another major benefit that MBA at XLRI give me was the national prestige, the qualification carries amongst the employers and its promise to deliver on high quality networking opportunities.
I am very grateful that I was mentored personally by some professors at XLRI who had improved my content delivery during the interview and with whom I could discuss all my weaknesses and inadequacies so that I could get solutions for my interview performance and career in future.
I was in constant interaction with our seniors and alumni of the course who guided me on the apt path, the kind of firm and the kind of role that I should be pursuing after MBA, and the skills and prerequisites I need to develop, because of which I was able to make a major career switch.
In addition, the MBA program at XLRI has offered me a broad variety of specialised curriculum options which has enabled me to better tailor my career plans to suit my future ambitions.
I had the right mentorship at every step in XLRI to make me transcend this journey.
Before MBA: After completing bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Andhra University, and pursued my initial, career as a project engineer working in core EPC Industry for Thermal and Nuclear Power Plant. The job entails the technical aspects of the engineering activities in Thermal power plant with planning and scheduling, execution, quality control and customer engagements. With having eight years of pre-MBA experience working in diverse industry and job role which has equipped me with diverse perspective, work culture, people management, managing cross functional engineering teams leading to bringing in customer delight. Working on technical engineering functionalities, I lacked the much-needed holistic business insight, which I felt was the major skill required to have an progressive careers and to lead the organization with thought leadership, and making business more viable and expansion of it.
In my eight years of experience, I have gained primary experience in handling project operations of a suite of projects, with a great focus on reporting matrix (excel dashboards, report generation and presentation skills), setting up cross-functional team’s targets and acting as an interconnect to the regional offices, Project heads, client, consultant, and the execution team. The job role also included performing analyses of project status and setting the course of action, managing various cross-functional teams as well as hiring and handling vendor, subcontractors across geographies for the process. During the period, I have worked as a SPOC for the regional office, implementing operational excellence initiatives, across all the projects. In my latest stint, I have led the transformation of a small-scale business, streamlining processes through multiple change initiatives, and achieved customer acquisition through product improvement and customization.
Post MBA: My previous accomplishment has served to whet my appetite, but my hunger for learning and upskilling lead me to grab a coveted MBA seat at XLRI- Jamshedpur. While pursuing my MBA I developed a strong skillset in Operation Management, corporate finance, financial analysis, M&A, strategy, ethics, data Analytics so on and so forth and working knowledge through internship, live project, and case discussions. MBA provided me the chance to focus almost completely on professional development and with a year to think through your long-term career goals. MBA helped me to position myself into a progressive career, to make a shift into career, to network with the best in the market, to add a brand value to oneself, and to enhance personal growth. I got the opportunity to purse my careers in operations management hitting the path post MBA, as it requires great deal of flexibility and multitasking. As operations manager is sort of a company’s jack-of-all-trades. Overseeing daily operations, purchasing, inventory, coordination between departments, and policy creation.
XLRI PGDM(GM) played a vital role in the transformation of my professional career. Coming from a niche Background such as Textiles and outgoing as Digital Transformation Manager in an IT Organization is a dream come true. It rarely happens with people carrying the burden of Work-ex of different Industry. It takes up a lot of hard workto build the skills and mining the narratives to be agood storytellers.Additionally, Work-Ex helped me connect various dots of unfolded situations and brought fresh or unique perspectives to discussions. There was a continuous process of unlearning and re-learning. For instance, I vividly remember one session taught by Professor Kanagraj in corporate finance, Whether the Loan is good or Bad? I kept thinking about it, and there was a different view altogether. I eventually evolved my thought process.Various investments in nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, such as XLRI Talk Series, Consulting Conferences, Operations Conclave, Start-up conclave, Alum Round Tables, and Alum connects, ensured the holistic development to be a “Leader” and channelize my “Though Leadership” mindset. The whole journey has been a roller coaster ride, starting from CV preparation, highlighting essential life facets, and multiple mock interviews. The Team left no stone unturned before sending us for actual interviews. The Case Pedagogy helped me structure my thoughts and role-played as a “consultant” to tackle the problem statement. It enabled me to broaden my horizon, keeping in mind one of the fundamental Pillars of XL, “Ethics.” The unmatched pedagogy, world-class faculty, and industry-focused curriculum have most profoundly shaped my perspective of managerial competencies and curated the essentials of Business Knowledge. I sincerely would like to thank Professor Kanagraj (Placement Chairperson) for believing in GM Students.
When I graduated from MS University with a bachelor's degree in Engineering a few years ago, the majority of my classmates went on to further their education or follow their chosen careers. I, on the other hand, wanted to gain industry experience before deciding on a career path, so I started my corporate career as an operation analyst with Reliance Industries Limited.
My professional experiences made me come face-to-face with organizational hierarchy, changing team dynamics, employee engagement, and building leadership capabilities. I received constant appreciation from my colleagues and top management, for my out-of-the-box thinking, and my perseverance and determination towards success. During these four and a half years, I was blessed with amazing opportunities and mentors that added tremendously to my learning curve.
In the latter half of 2019, I decided it was time to take the next step in my career, so I studied for entrance exams and took the XAT. I was accepted into the Executive General Management Program (GMP) at XLRI, Jamshedpur batch 2020-2021, after receiving a good XAT score and a tough personal interview.
I chose the one-year programme over the two-year programme because the entire class in this course is more seasoned and knows the fundamentals of the business and employment well, allowing for faster learning.
This year, like many MBA students, I have begun my MBA journey in unusual and difficult circumstances, far from the MBA experience they possibly expected when they began applying to business schools. Despite the fact that the experience has been different, XLRI commitment to deliver best and determination to make the best of it has not wavered.
We (I would like to mention our batch as COVID batch) battled with the truth of what lay ahead from day one: a rigorous schedule designed to turn us into cutting-edge business warriors with a human touch! (Re designed course to cop-up with online limitations, mainly to create an engagement).
Along with this journey, XLRI has organized online events which were really helpful for us to get guidance from Industry leaders.
I wanted to make best out of it and would like to say knowledge which I gained over the time in XLRI, definitely is a differentiator factor rather X-factor in my career growth.
XLRI has taught me resilience that, while not perfect and far from what you had envisioned, what you have in front of you is still a fantastic opportunity. The MBA Experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the value and return on investment of a degree over the course of a career are still extremely high.
As I near the end of my MBA, I can confidently state that enrolling in this course at XLRI was the pinnacle of my career. This exhilarating year of hard work, perseverance, constant conversation, lifelong memories, and, most importantly, the way of life that this place teaches has made me a better person.
The Ex-PGDM course has helped me transform from being a biotechnology researcher to a professional with a broader business perspective.
Before joining the Ex-PGDM course at XLRI, I supported founding a biotech propriety business named Biosthan, worked for Biocon India Limited and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), amounting to a total experience of 5 years. I spent most part of these five years in RIL, where I worked as an R&D Manager/Scientist in their biofuel exploration project. Increasing technological efficiency and feasibility were the core objectives of my work. In general, all my assignments until joining XLRI were focused on using biotechnology and engineering knowledge.
After the initial promotion, it became apparent that I will require managerial skills to climb the organizational ladder. I needed to have holistic industry and business understanding, people management skills, along with the acquired technical skills to be suitable for higher positions in the corporate structure. A business degree was essential, and I understood that pursuing it from a reputed institute will allow me to bring about transformational changes in the energy sector, which is one of my biggest motivations. To fulfill such aspirations along with economic aspirations, I needed to get into a B-School that welcomed diversity and had the propensity to place students in different industrial sectors. I found the Ex-PGDM General Management course at XLRI to be the most suited.
Once I got into XLRI, it was clear that the transformation process is not going to be easy, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, my batch and I had our task cut out. One of my biggest fears before the course started was the placements as the renewable energy sector was affected by the pandemic. At this point, I placed my trust in XLRI, as I knew the institute had the experience and the caliber to chalk out a plan for all its students. My trust paid off as I landed a job, as I aspired, in a renewable energy sector company as a Management Trainee in New Product Business Development role with a substantial hike in salary.
The most value gained in the transformation process was through academics. I had no concrete prior exposure to functions like marketing, finance, organizational behavior, managerial communication, human resource management, etc. And when these topics were taught, the experience in the corporate sector aided in the learning process.
Apart from these academic learnings, the course also taught me the importance of embracing uncertainties, empathizing, taking chances, developing confidence, overcoming challenges through collaborations, being meticulous in preparation, enjoying other’s success, and enduring success and failure. As I move towards completing the course, I see a considerable improvement in my ability to plan, manage time, handle pressure, and analyze situations and problems.
Sectors like renewable energy require passionate and innovative business leaders to accelerate the global shift towards renewables. Therefore, I would recommend this course to anyone with such transformational aspirations and spurt in their career graph.
I began my career in 2014 as a Trainee Decision Scientist in Mu Sigma. Back then, I was intrigued by how the corporate works, trying to figure out how to work in a software company coming from an Industrial Engineering background. Three years of my tenure in the Product Development team imbibed in me three key learnings: teamwork, eye for detail, and consistency. I then switched to a startup, Nanobi Data Analytics, where I was given an opportunity to work with data. As a Data Scientist. I explored the world of Analytics, a field that I was inclined to, and worked on several real-time projects. After that, I worked for Technosoft Corporation as a Data Scientist for almost a year, where I was privileged to apply my learnings all through my career towards improving US Healthcare system.
While the career in the five years had given me immense learning that I was deeply immersed in, I felt certain skills were needed as one goes forward in one's career. In my interactions with colleagues and seniors, I realized the value that business knowledge could bring to the table. I was fascinated with how analytics translators were so well versed with both the knowledge about business and the analytics knowledge and connect both to get such creative results.
All this made me consider pursuing an MBA, and I was fortunate to make it to a prestigious institution such as XLRI. The General Management Programme instilled in me knowledge of various domains – Finance, Marketing, Operations, and much more. Additionally, it taught me how to survive and work in a virtually connected platform in these challenging times and still build valuable connections for a lifetime. The essence of working on our soft skills, being ethical in business was always given a key focus.
Lastly, the journey has given me two main learnings- time management skills and perseverance in following one’s dream. I am indeed grateful to my teachers and peers from whom I have learned valuable skills for a lifetime.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” - Ursula K. Le Guin
The journey to my transformation never knew this path until I hit several roadblocks in my career. Having started my career in a call centre as a technical advisor to working as a Project manager in start-ups I never envisaged to become a management graduate from one of the best business schools in India. To deepen the understanding of different functions to run a business, other qualitative/quantitative aspects& the results generated due to the amalgamation of these, I decided to pursue MBA.
The results of this effort transpired into securing a seat at XLRI where subjects once alien to melike economics, finances, organisation behaviour / culture / structure, marketing, statistics & analytics were introduced to me. Progressing over to a semester after the other, these subjects started to intertwine to weave the net for the organisation to hold & achieve its vision/mission. The learning curve increased exponentially during this one year. The pedagogy teaches via cases to simulations giving a taste of running a business. We got to interact with several leaders gaining invaluable insights from them.
Even though Covid-19 created havoc across the country, we were offered several opportunities from college campus to showcase our skills to firms& secure a job. To have secured a role I desired with satisfactory compensations, I look forward to apply the concepts/lessons learnt over the past year. With years to follow in my career, this one year would be the pivot that has changed the trajectory for the rest of my life.
Five years down my corporate career, I felt the need to reform myself to be a better fit for stepping into the shoes of a competent manager. Though I had garnered the technical expertise required in my profession over the years, I needed to upskill my traits of business analysis, critical decision making, strategy formulation and seasoning myself as an empathetic leader who values people and relationships. As an aspiring MBA candidate, I was overwhelmed to get admission into the Ex-PGDM Program in XLRI which is not only one of top B-schools in the country but also one of the pioneers in nurturing responsible leaders. I was fortunate to step into the journey with a cohort of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who made the experience worthwhile. Immersing into the rigorous yet rewarding journey, I was able to undergo a multifaceted development into an individual with a mindset to challenge the conventional norms. Equipped with the tactical intricacies of Strategy, Operations, Finance and Marketing I was able to develop a rational business mind ready to venture into uncharted territories and gauge the everchanging business dynamics with strong intent and farsightedness, but with the heart of an empathetic leader. Another key takeaway for me is that I have learnt that the society, humanity, and the environment are the most important stakeholders and sustainable development is the only way forward for value creation. At the fag end of the journey, I would like to declare that I am enriched by the XL experience and grateful for having an opportunity to live the XL life.
“Don’t settle”, the simple two words by Steve jobs. Do not settle until and unless you find what you love to do. With 5 years into the corporate world and switching 3 jobs into 3 different roles, exploring different industries, and searching for that one right career that I can do the rest of my life. While everything was going right the urge to grow, learn and develop was turning irresistible, with increasing work-ex in the corporate the pace of learning was slowing down. I was getting into the comfortable skin which I do not wanted especially so early in my career. I wanted to devote myself full time into learning and this made me to look for residential MBA programs, my personal myntra to “learn, Unlearn and Relearn”, I wanted to get into the phase of unlearning and relearning. This made me landed to XLRI, Jamshedpur, one of the seasoned and reputed B schools in the country. I chose XLRI because it is positioned as the School for change and have pumped exceptional business leaders into the industry. Leaders who are not only known for Business practices but also for high degree of ethics and Integrity.
The diverse cohort of PGDM (GM) brought immense learning with the peer-to-peer interaction we got through our Group Projects, Class Participation and informal interactions. The medici effect starts triggering soon after term 1 and the rigour of the course contributes to making you a better team player. The curriculum and the faculties are top-notch and set a benchmark for the rest of the b schools to follow. The General management aspect of the curriculum gives you enough opportunity to explore and find your interest and the electives offered are both concentrated to a stream as well as diversified to make you a 360-degree business leader. The last one year of the program has not only surpassed my learning expectations but also made me develop individually. It made me more confident, made me more self-aware and most importantly a responsible leader.
Soon stepping into the last leg of the journey and getting placed with a leading IT firm into their Global Sales leadership team made me realize the potential to outperform. I feel excited to practice the learning’s of last 1 year and contribute to make world a better place.
Ever since I started my professional career, I have always been curious and, at the same time, willing to try new responsibilities. Post my graduation, whenever someone asked me, "What's the PLAN?" Honestly, I never had one. Coincidentally, I started working at an Education/Training start-up where I got an opportunity to test my aptitude at various things; as we all know, a start-up is where anyone must do everything. However, a huge underlying drawback is that it completely removes the directional aspect from an individual while getting involved in multiple responsibilities. I was still happy to play various roles, including a sales executive, a marketing man, an operations leader, even a teacher, and an interview trainer. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, we saw the dissolution of the start-up, and I joined another start-up that failed to take off. Imoved on to the corporates to find something I missed and something everyone needs the most in a career, a DIRECTION.
Having joined at an entry-level sales profile, I was bang on since day one and found the corporates to be a sort of a jungle where the eyes of the tiger are constantly on you and to survive; you need to have a plan to move in one direction at an accelerated pace. After liking the ambience, I thought it would be an excellent time to explore my options for a new permanent move and, for that reason, get a higher-level degree. I still did not have the answer to one of the dreaded questions in the interview, "Where do you see yourself five years from now?"
Everyone who pursues a higher-level degree does it to address some career concerns that might have been born on some bad day at work—followed by a made-up reason that their existing profile does not add value or doesn't provide the desired growth. While some even come to find mentors to add just that extra amount of structure to their start-ups, there is hardly any person pursuing a higher degree when they are happy with their existing phase in their careers.
I came to XLRI to explore but only ended up hearing things like, "You cannot change industry or domain." Even the industry mentors maintained the same position. I understood it would not be easy, but there was a catch. There were possible permutations and combinations. Regardless of where you come from,you can change either of the two; in my case, as Sales and Marketing dominated my profile due to the visible numbers, I could think of a Marketing role outside the Education industry or a different domain profile within the same industry. Once the curriculum started and the Professors enlightened us with rich industry experience, I gained clarity on the roles. Product Management is one field where I saw myself as a good fit, combining marketing and Operations. I saw high scope in the IT industry as the companies started flowing and noticed that at a Product-based IT firm, a Product Manager is the best available profile and is also known as the Mini-CEO.
The fundamental career transformation started when I got in touch with faculties, not to ask whether a change in the industry is possible, but to ask what a Product Manager does and what is asked in a PM interview (Pro-Tip to know the ideal profile for oneself: check a few interviews of suitable profiles and wait for the one that clicks). Even the pleasure of chattingwith faculties during morning or evening walk made a lot of difference. Case studies allowed us to put ourselves in places where peoplein similar roles were made up for the lack of previous experience in that particular domain. Every tiny bit of the experiences at XLRI (inside and outside the classroom) coupled with a bit of research helped me get a clear vision of being a Product Manager at a Product based firm five years from now. Finally, thanks to the efforts of the Placement Committee, I bagged an entry-level role as a Business Analyst at a US Product based firm and successfully transformed my career to a path that will lead me to become a Product manager five years from now. However big or small the step might be, at XLRI, the plan was made as I saw the opportunity. While I am fortunate to have the upcoming years to execute it to reach a place where I see myself ten or even twenty years from now, I remember a quote by Thomas Edison, "Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning."
I started out working in the year 2014, at a Local firm in Dubai after completing my college in Nagpur, where I did my electronics engineering. I dealt with providing consultation and end to end services for starting up businesses and business transformations and other regulatory services. Being from an engineering background, it was all very new to me, and I had to learn from scratch and it was a humbling experience where I interacted with clients from different nationalities and industries. As work progressed, I was given more responsibilities, but after a while I felt I need to learn more, challenge myself and upgrade my skills. Having set up over 200 companies for my clients, the desire to obtain a deeper understanding and holistic knowledge of running and managing a business grew further and MBA was the clear option ahead which would give me an academic knowledge and latest skills for a long-term career growth.
So, after making this major life decision, it was time for implementing it. This meant leaving my cushy job, family, friends, and my entire life back in Dubai and move back to India to pursue my dreams and start preparing for the grueling and competitive entrance exams and interviews. Every manager and a businessman need the ability to take risk, and this was a rather big one, but I felt deep inside that this was the right choice, and it would make me happy.
Finally, after excruciating rounds of exams, GDs and interviews I received the Letter confirming my admission to the PGDM-GM program at XLRI, Jamshedpur. All of my friends, family and colleagues were ecstatic and I was extremely grateful for the opportunity. As the course started, we were warned by our seniors about the high pressure and stress we would have to face from the initiation, and it was through the support of my extremely talented batchmates that we could learn and earn such interesting knowledge and know-how in different areas like Finance, Human resources, marketing, operations, strategy and most importantly, leadership. The entire experience at XLRI has not only molded me into a manager, but it has evolved my thought process to a more problem solving, innovative and empathetic leadership style.
It is through the amazing academicians, guest lectures from industry leaders and peer learning from an extremely diverse cohort that I have received a holistic knowledge and knowhow of different aspects of business, innovation and leadership the value of which is immeasurable. It gave me the skills and understanding which were beyond my wildest thoughts and it has truly helped me become the humble, empathetic, problem-solving leader who is ready to contribute to the corporate world and the society’s greater good. I am eternally grateful to be a part of such a great institution and the XL family.
Most graduates benefit from a one-year MBA, which is referred to as a "kick-start," "launch pad," or "booster." The individual who will succeed in an accelerated MBA programme wants to be in charge of their professional and life path. Furthermore, you must normally be highly ambitious - not simply wanting to change course or advance to a new level in your work, but also wanting to discover how far you can go.
I read the book "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!" during my final year in college. It energised me even more. I also realised the significance of my MBA. That is when I decided to go for it. However, the circumstances did not allow me to enrol in an MBA programme right away; instead, I had to enter the corporate world. However, as they say, if you have a great passion for something, all forces come together to make it a reality.
It's a year of your life and applying is a major step. For me, it was no different- a leap of faith, a dichotomy of leaving behind one of the reputed firms and a lucrative job. It's a year out of mylife and applying is a big decision.
So, here's how my MBA experience taught me the value of hard work and time management.
1. Solid business skills for knowledge, awareness and confidence in any situation
In business management, knowledge and talents must go hand in hand. This MBA programme has broadened and enhancedmy knowledge which would help me to use it as if it were second nature in any business circumstance. It provided me with a comprehensive education in business basics, which I believe will assist provide a solid basis for my future job in business management.
2. A whole new direction in my career
It's been a fantastic platform for a self-directed, ambitious person like myself to stand back and evaluate my goals and how my finest abilities might be put to use. The time spent by me in this one-year MBA programme was intense. I had probably never worked more in my life, never pushed myself as far beyond my comfort zones, and never formed closer connections. When that setting was mixed with top-level business learning from world-class business brains, it was the ideal recipe for a transformative experience for me.
3. Leadership skills & agility – especially for a digital world
In today's world, good leadership abilities are important for allowing company managers to adapt to new situations - even if they have never seen them before. Leadership is a personal talent; each individual's leadership style is unique. As a result, XLRI employs self-awareness and leadership coaching to assist in the integration of leadership capabilities. Coaching activities, both one-on-one and in groups, assisted me with feeling the responses in simulated circumstances. Professors had supplied objective, competent advice in a secure setting.
4. MBA skills and knowledge - Going beyond business
The skills I learned in this MBA programme will benefit me for the rest of my life — from graduating from an excellent school, I am convinced that I will be a better leader, more conscious, and more self-aware in all relationships.
“Success in the business world isn’t just about brainpower or climbing a linear path to the top, but about accumulating diverse skills and showing an ability to learn about fields outside one’s comfort zone” -Neil Irwin.
This quote relates to my career very well. Before joining XLRI, I was working as an Engineer in Flex International India Pvt Ltd. My role mainly revolved around working with customers for requirements, setting their expectations, and collaborating with suppliers to fulfil the customer requirement. I was indeed very happy working in Flextronics every day. I faced new challenges and different ways to solve the problem by collaborating with multiple stakeholders. However, I always felt the need for better stakeholder handling skills and negotiation skills, which will help me solve the problem efficiently. Even though I was involved with different technical challenges, I never got hold of the managerial decision part, which was crucial while dealing with multiple stakeholders. That is where I felt MBA would help me to gain the necessary skillset.
Through XLRI, I got a new challenge to work as a “Product Manager,” where I will get an opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders. However, now, XLRI Curriculum developed my skillset in managerial decision-making, stakeholder management skills, negotiation skills, and a deep understanding of Core subjects such as Finance, Marketing, HR, Operation,and Strategy. In short, if I want to describe my transformation before and after MBA through XLRI, then I will describe in one sentence as “Ifit used to take one day for me to convince the customer about any decision then now, it will take less than 1 hour for me to convince customer”
I worked for a little over six years for Goodricke Group Ltd., one of South-East Asia’s largest tea producer. There I learned how to co-ordinate with various stakeholders of tea industry, such as top management, wholesalers, retailers, worker unions etc.
After spending six successful years in tea industry, I decided to pursue management studies to improve and sharpen my managerial skills. Choosing Executive PGDM from XLRI was one of the best decisions as the cohort was from a very diverse background, which allowed me to learn and relate their experience and knowledge with my own experience and knowledge. I got the chance to learn from some of the best faculties in the country. When I studied the subjects, what I did while I was working, started making sense. I learned various tools and frameworks that can help in improving the operational efficiencies. I learned Agile and Design thinking. MBA taught me how to take a holistic approach while solving a problem.
This journey of MBA has been very fruitful, and I believe the learnings that I have had during this period would help me in every stage of my professional as well as personal life.
"A Winner is a dreamer who never gives up" - Nelson Mandela
The nebulous thoughts of sowing the seeds for a better tomorrow started in 2017 when I decided to pursue MBA.
My professional career started with the reputed Tata Consultancy Services, where I spent most years working as a Technical Business Analyst.
Later, I joined the prestigious Ujjivan Small Finance Bank as a Business Analyst.
The projects in which I mainly worked required skill sets pertaining to the Business aspects, a skill which I lacked the most. I decided not to be an Ostrich about the lacking skillsets and instead look forward to pursuing an MBA degree from one of the Top B schools of India.
I had a dream, and I was euphoric about it.
Can’t forget the struggles and compromises I made, but every battle made me more robust than before.
I stifled among my peers as missing opportunities became second nature to me, though I never settled for less than what I deserved.
Finally, to end my “pre MBA struggles”, I converted XLRI, Jamshedpur - one of the most prestigious colleges of India for the top-notch and one of the oldest General Management flagship programs of India.
With the deferment of the course commencement date for a couple of months amid the pandemic, we availed ourselves ample time to taste the flavor of the subjects through the VIL program offered by the college. The course commenced in the first week of July 2020, though in online mode for the first six months, post which we were called upon to the campus voluntarily.
In due course, the learnings that I have had - not only related to academics but also related to life management - had reincarnated me to this new journey of life. The education on the holistic approach of deliverables, the diversification in the case study learnings, the nuances of the subjects, and many other transformational experiences that I have had under the guidance of the esteemed faculties of XLRI, Jamshedpur has helped me reach my echelon of today and has prepared me well to adamantly and enthusiastically face the tides of tomorrow – “post MBA struggles”.
After having learned and gained experience from XLRI, Jamshedpur, today I am more confident than ever. This journey - from making friends to networking to meeting deadlines to solving case studies to preparing ourselves to make the trip onto the footprints of a manager and many other invaluable things- has invigorated a feeling of self-assuredness and has instilled a sense of credence in me. For me, this MBA journey has not just been a road less taken but also a creation of a collage of invaluable memories to be always kept by my side and to be always reflected upon.
Almost a year ago, I was contemplating whether I should pause my career and pursue higher education. I am glad I decided to go ahead. Before joining XLRI, I was a business analyst with a focus on the BFSI sector. I aimed to transition into a strategic decision-making role, and an MBA would equip me with the desired tools/knowledge to do the same. To my surprise, there was much more to learning apart from just learning strategy. During the course at XLRI, I was exposed to a plethora of subjects and different thought processes from the diverse batch concerning experience and sector. I firmly believe that working in groups and brainstorming have added multiple perspectives to my original thoughts. The countless mentoring sessions from industry experts enriched my learnings. Little did I know that the “Consulting-Gurus” Marc Cosentino and Victor Cheng would themselves enlighten us with their experience. There was pressure at times with the rigorous routine we had, but the professors were supportive whenever there was a need. Major learning also happened for me by interacting with professors from my area of interest post the regular academic routine. The insights that one can get are amazing. The year 2020-21 has been a tough one to execute from almost all the perspectives one can think of. However, the constant adaption to changing situations is what made my learning fun at XLRI. Another interesting thing that I will inherit from the institution is the case studies used to impart knowledge. Case studies put much more emphasis on beyond the book learning and had exposed us to real-life problem-solving examples from the industry.
Every minute exercise that I have done during the course has directly or indirectly added to my MBA career transformation aspirations. It has helped me to lay a platform for progressing my career through networking. I also got to interact with people from my industry while studying alongside them. This also strengthened and clarified my decision to pursue a career in strategic decision-making as a consultant.More importantly, the institution provided a perfect avenue for the upgrade I desired to have in my career. The entire experience has also taught me an important lesson-to keep my options broad open every time. Thinking about role and function and how it fits into my possible career aspiration is an important lesson.I have had mentors from different fields and functions doing very different things from what they initially thought. This short span of learning has added many tools to my arsenal and has surely equipped me to handle the coming corporate life. However, one thing is for sure, and the learning will never stop.
I started my career in IT in 2012 as an Associate Software after completing my graduation in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. I was excited about starting my new journey. Being curious and a quick learner, I quickly understood the phases of SDLC and was about to implement my learning’s in my work. I worked with people of diverse profiles and realised that SDLC is just one facet in the Software Industry, and there was scope for a lot more that I could contribute. This realisation made me start looking at other aspects and led me to my decision of pursuing MBA.
It is a tough decision to choose a programme that meets your requirement from the varieties of options available. Fortunately, I came across XLRI’s PGDM program, which has a curriculum mix of Finance, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Organizational Behaviour, Operations, Strategy, and IT. I found this diversity of streams very useful, since they helped me gain a well-rounded view of the business perspective. PGDM (GM) program has helped me in many aspects. The rigorous PGDM (GM) programme at XLRI, with 7 semesters with durations from 30 to 90 days, has always kept me on my toes. Everyday has been a new learning. The program thought me about time management, working effectively under high pressure, and proper collaboration with a diverse teams, to name a few. Along with the curriculum, the leadership talks from various industries provide an insight of the industries and helped broaden my horizons.
Apart from the curriculum learning’s, I have gained understanding of the different industries from my peers. Being part of a diverse-profile batch, interacting with my peers has helped me understand the commonalities and important differences across various sectors, helping me gain an appreciation for the larger world in general, while also allowing me to expand my network. After working for 8 years, I was able to enjoy my student and campus life again.
My journey so far has been a roller-coaster, with a new learning at every step. This program has helped me not only in my learning’s but also in building my character. The knowledge I have gained and the memories I have collected will be cherished for life. I feel honoured that I will be graduating from this prestigious institution, and I hope to carry forward its legacy lifelong.
Hi, I am Rohan Khanna. With an undergraduate in computer science, I started my career as an engineer and then worked for a startup as a technology specialist. I was working in an industry that was growing and got opportunities to collaborate with clients across the globe on various projects. Although after 5 years, I was in a good situation professionally however there was a saturation point that raised a voice inside me that it was too early to take things lightly and get in a comfort zone. There was more work to be done, more skills to be picked up. That was the point I started my preparation for the masters. Then after cracking one of the most competitive exams in the country and the rigorous rounds of interview, managed to land a place at XLRI. The rigor of the full XLRI MBA with the exquisite campus was a great option. Initially there was a fear whether I would be able to sail through, get a good job offer and a host of questions given the unprecedented times. The experience has been wonderful learning from the best minds in the country and the practical application of concepts which augmented the learning. It offered me four ‘C’s.’ Content from classes, Contacts from the network, Credibility from the credentials, and opportunities for Change. Before the placement season started, I started interview preparation. The academics, workshops, career sessions, discussion with mentors equipped me with the necessary skills to crack the interview and help me realize my potential to achieve greater heights. As a technologist, I did not want to leave the amazing IT ecosystem and was aiming for a career growth in the same industry. Thus, I targeted specific roles and was able to grab the role of technology consultant in a reputed MNC. If it were not for XLRI, I probably would not have been considered for the opportunity, and I certainly would not have understood or fully appreciated the opportunity. My XLRI education has broadened my perspective and prepared me to quickly accelerate onto a new path and become a well-rounded professional.
After working for a little over five years at one of the oldest Indian Multinational Conglomerate Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. I began to introspect where my career was headed. I was fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to have worked in the role of a pre-sales engineer in a niche domain of Audio-Visual Solutions. Knowing that the management has faith in your abilities to deliver and trusting you to get the job done motivated me to give my best and was more than what I could have asked for. Being in a client-facing job role, the kind of experience that you gain is invaluable. You inculcate this habit of looking at things from the customers' perspective and are willing to go the extra mile for your customers to give them the extra bit of satisfaction and value. The role demanded me to work with various teams, collaborate with multiple functions daily. Over time, I soon realized that I had reached a point in my career where to grow professionally, merit and talent alone were not enough. Having the right business acumen, holistic cross-functional business knowledge, managing stakeholders, leadership capabilities, etc., was vital. I decided to pursue the 1-year PGDM (General Management) program XLRI Jamshedpur at this crucial juncture. Being one of the oldest and premier B-Schools in the country with the best-in-class faculty and curriculum designed to nurture the future business leaders of our country, I knew I was in the right place to transform my career and become a person I was aiming for. Having gone through this arduous MBA journey, I can confidently say that it completely transforms you as an individual, not just socially but also professionally. It has taught me to think and convey ideas with clarity, critically evaluate complex business problems and come out with innovative solutions. It has forced me to come out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to collaborate, become a competent team player and develop a broad-minded approach to deal with problems. I have created this persistent attitude and have learned to deal with high-pressure situations and multitask within strict timelines. Decision-making skills are another dimension that has improved significantly. I now look at the problem and its risk implications holistically before coming up with solutions backed by data. Having the subject knowledge of organizational behaviour will undoubtedly allow me to understand individual motivations, personalities, and also the cultural aspect of working in an organization which can significantly influence the performance both at the individual and organizational level. In hindsight, if I look at my MBA journey, I can undoubtedly say the learning has been multidimensional. Every day was a new challenge, but yet it contained the learnings of a lifetime. It has opened up multiple avenues for professional growth and numerous opportunities for me to explore in my journey of professional excellence. I am sure with newly learned skills and an abundance of knowledge,I can contribute more effectively to the organization that I will work for and become the competent leader which I always aspired for.
Studying in a premiere Business School like XLRI was a dream come true. Before starting my MBA journey, I worked as a senior developer in Cognizant Technology Solutions. Since I had more than five years of experience, I was looking for a course that would help me leverage my work experience and, at the same time, would provide education of the highest quality. XLRI General Management Programme was thus the exact career move I was looking for. The quality of education imparted at XLRI is of the highest quality. The choice of electives is diverse and helps students harness knowledge in the area of their interest. Coming from an IT background, I not only got a chance to develop my business knowledge through the core subjects of Finance, Marketing, and Human Resources but also got an opportunity to further enhance my technical expertise through the various Hands-on IT subjects taught at the institute. The Data Science-based electives offered in the course are of the highest quality. The Professors are very engaging, and they make all the efforts to deliver a course in the best way possible.
The institute also provides incredible placement support. I benefitted a lot from the leadership talks, career counseling, and mock interviews. The pre-placement preparation helped me ace the interview. The college has excellent industry tie-ups, and ample good companies visit the campus. The biggest takeaway from this course for me is the change of mindset. Having gone through the rigor, I feel more confident about my career and future.
Thinking back to the admission letter from one of the top b-schools in Asia, I vividly remember cavorting around my cubicle and screaming "YES! YES!". The last twelve months have been hard for nearly everyone, but it also been filled with so much to be thankful for and so much to celebrate!
Hello, my name is Shayon Ghosh, and I served as the Student Placement Coordinator for the Class of 2021. I was responsible for recruitment activities and organization engagement programmes.
The desire to change career got me up and running and this is precisely the reason why I quit a secured PSU job and proudly jogged towards an MBA. Having worked in 3 organizations in 5 years of my professional experience I learned two important things:
1. Maybe we never finish the career change process. Maybe we're supposed to keep "trying on" different jobs and companies for the rest of our careers.
2. Making a career change isn't just a one-step choice that you make. Rather, a career change is a series of trying different things "on for size" in hopes of getting one step closer to a gig you love.
The time spent in a 1-year MBA is rigorous. I have never worked harder in my life, never gone so far out of my comfort zone and never forged deeper friendships. I believe when such an environment is combined with top-level business learning by leading international business minds, it's a perfect recipe for a transformational experience. XLRI proved to be the catalyst I'd been seeking.
Prof. Basant Purohit (Marketing Area) used to say that "Success in the business world isn't just about brainpower or climbing a linear path to the top, but about accumulating diverse skills and showing an ability to learn about fields outside one's comfort zone". This statement got me thinking and eventually few months down the course, I understood that MBA is not about CGPA, MBA is not about the best placement, MBA is not about the competition, rather MBA is about pushing your limits beyond the unthinkable, MBA is about innovating yourself every day with every lecture, MBA is about collaboration with peers. Kudos to the XLRI Profs and the Administration that helped hardcode these values into our lives.
In the numerous XL leadership sessions from the who's who of the corporate world have always harped that MBAs have the advantage of being able to fast forward their careers because they are inducted into most of these areas through their study - training which prepares them for that C-suite level bird's-eye view. The XLRI MBA has helped me to see where my piece fits within the jigsaw puzzle, that is, our world. I am grateful to XLRI as I embark into the world of Management Consulting!.
As a Civil Engineer who switched lanes into IT, working with a global leader like IBM gave me versatile experience and multifaceted knowledge about the global businesses. However, I still felt that there was some key skill that was missing from my arsenal that was a hindrance to my progress. That is when I took the leap of faith to join the PGDM(GM) program at XLRI. This was truly, a transformative journey for me.
The program is an essential mix of all the veritable skills required to scale new heights after acquiring work experience. All the knowledge and rigor required at the mid-career level is a part of the curriculum. The professors and the facilities are par excellence and ensure understanding from each student. Here, I learned skills that are pertinent to Finance, Marketing and HR components of management and also advanced my knowledge in the IT domain and learned brand new things about organizational structure and behaviour. The course is truly meant to excel as there is a combination of acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge. We were exposed to multiple simulation and games that coaxed the leader in us to make decisions and use our skills to manage our business. A truly multifaceted curriculum that taught us to not only work for a conglomerate but also take ownership like an entrepreneur.
The program also gives us to showcase our individual talents as well. It wields us and urges us to come out of our comfort zones. I tool charge as one of the four elected Class Representatives of the batch. This elected position taught my empathy and leadership. As Class Representatives we are responsible for the academic management of the batch, interacting with the professors and ensuring that there is smooth running of the administration of the batch. A difficult Covid year also taught us many lessons in empathy with our batchmates.
One of the key moments of the XLRI journey was my selection into Accenture Technology. A foot in the door of techno-management arena means that I am geared and prepared to face the new world order where technology is the prime focus of managing customers and clients equally. I feel everyday that I learn something new and feel empowered to take on my new job as a well-seasoned professional. Management is about making informed choices and taking calculated risks and I seemed to taken the correct decision when it came to embarking on my PGDM journey with XLRI.
June 30, 2013 - I went to sleep quite early on that birthday.
I was about to commence my corporate journey thefollowing day at Linde India Limited, an MNC (Basic materials, Atmospheric gases) based in Germany.
I embraced the path with open arms that day. I started to chase the answers to my interminable list of questions. I found a few on the road. At least I think I did. The journey gave me clarity that was lacking initially. It had been instrumental in teaching me what I honestly desire. But something was amiss, as I did not feel utterly emersed in what I was doing. I wanted to learn and grow more.
After appearing for XAT for the first time, and with a score of 96.986 percentile, I started my second innings. It has been precisely a month short of 7 long years when I parted ways with Linde to embark on this new journey, striving for the unanswered questions. A path to wish-fulfilment at XLRI, Jamshedpur. All the while, I was thinking, whether or notI would find what I was seeking,it will be an effort worth trying. Now, at the end of the course, with the benefit of hindsight, I can undoubtedly say that it has been one of the best decisions of my life.
My journey at XL will be incomplete without the mention of Placecom. Being the Deputy General Secretary of the committee, I have seen most of the dynamic experience first-hand. It has been truly amazing, with all the pressure, persuasion, negotiation, bringing recruiters, and most importantly, the satisfaction of getting a student placed.
My ride with the placement process has also been quite interesting. Funnily, every interview where I appeared in the initial phase of the process got cancelled from the recruiter's side, and the JD was withdrawn. The interviews themselves were quite enriching, as I learned something after every process. After a few such unfortunate turns of luck, I thought of trying to change my field and applied for an IT Project Management role. With the rich core manufacturing experience of seven years, I did not have much hope of getting selected from the process – and yet, I was keen on the interview experience. Fate had other intentions for me. The interviewer was visibly impressed with my profile (he expressed so), and I sailed through the two rounds.
My next chapter as an Associate Manager (Projects) will begin at Virtusa, an American MNC (Technology Services), in a diametrically opposite domain. Albeit, I have been preparing for this transformation through my electives and other reads. This is an eager wait of anticipation, as I am about to embark on yet another new journey.
I was looking for something in marketing field wherein I can use my experience and knowledge of MBA. I had really learned a lot about marketing in the mba classes and was looking to work in their field .With the experience of finance classes I felt I could be better in analysing marketing reports from a finance point of view .This combination can give me an edge and a deeper understanding of critical paths while creating situation analysis .
I was placed in a well known IT company as a marketing consultant. My dream role was in my hands and it was due to the transformation journey of XLRI GMP program . It’s the magic formula of people , process and product that in totality brings such an effect . Such a USP is difficult to replicate and that’s why this course is truly a cherish able moment of my life .
I would suggest all new students to believe in themselves and have patience as you go through the rough weather while managing academics , placement sessions and other group work dedicated to you . We all can surely shine if we have self belief in ourselves. .
"I was starting to feel like my growth had plateaued."
The day was 12.12.12. I landed on a floating giant in the middle of the Indian ocean and started an adventurous career in the sea. Six years in the sea was literally a roller coaster ride, having experienced the deadliest weather, major fire, piracy attack, skype wedding, racing with dolphins, sharks, and whales.
Even with all the adventures in life and my job, I'd reached a point in my career where I craved more stability. I was starting to feel like my growth had plateaued. I reached the highest rank in my department in those six years, and there was nothing left for me to achieve new.
The shipping industry is wonderfully exciting and highly paid but very uncertain. The unsociable working days, joining and signoff, and years of being in the sea, I really missed my loved ones. At that point in time, I started looking to change my career goal and path. And what could be better than getting a professional master's degree from India's oldest and one of the most prestigious B schools, XLRI.
It had really transformed and helped me change the vessel to use my energy, learn for better stability in my career, and maintain a work-life balance.
The advance and flexible skills I have learned in the General Management program from XLRI have enabled me to explore options across a wider range of sectors and allow me to work in any industry. The program carries international prestige among the employers; at the same time, it has delivered me high-quality networking opportunities with the sharpest and brightest minds of people running the industries and businesses. It has forced me to come out of my comfort zone and explore the latest international business trends and apply the latest tools and techniques to challenge myself to improve business, teams, and collaboration.
The access to the alumni network, interaction with fellow students, professors, and CEOs of various companies in the leadership talk series has expanded my business management capabilities and has prepared me for diving deep into the big business issue and make connections between various global events and world affairs.
One of the world's major IT companies was quick to identify this and gave me an opportunity to realize the transformation that I was looking for. It was my first interview in the much sought-after industry and, similarly, a much sought-after role. For me, it was a matter of blending my past experiences of risk and rigorous management along with the business management acumen gained during the academic year. And there I was, making it to the shore after six years of sailing in the Merchant Navy to Project Manager in an IT firm.
I wouldn't shy away from taking this opportunity to thank all those who were enablers of this transformation, even the smallest of the ways. To mention a few, XLRI's faculty network and their teaching pedagogy, my batchmates, and most importantly, my family, who instigated me to think that it was important to transform for a better life ahead.
The journey from being an Electro-Technical Officer on a very large crude carrier to being a Manager in the leading IT world is something I will cherish for my life.
Getting a campus placement is the dream of every student. It is a matter of security and pride for most of the students. As an engineering graduate, I, too, aspired to get a good campus placement to get a kick-start for my career. And I got it. I cracked Day 0 with Infosys, Wipro, and Cognizant. Being a mechanical engineer, I had the same doubt as every other of my classmate, what would I do in an IT company?
Luckily, there was one more choice dedicated to our cohort - Tata Technologies. They chose me to be one of their Graduate Engineer Trainees. It was indeed a moment of pride.
But, what about my career choice? What job was I going to do? Tata Tech, which primarily served OEMs, answered my question by making me a part of their PLM team. They helped me learn the domain and rise to become a Business Process Analyst.
To see the turn of events, I loved my job, my domain, and the challenges that came with it.
But is that all? Should I choose what I learned in 1st job as my career blindly, or is there more to the business world? To get an answer to this, I came to XLRI.
To see new challenges, I chose to become a Class Representative. In the COVID era, this role helped me develop a regular connection with my classmates. And that is when I could see the variety, the depth, and the limitless ocean of ideas, and jobs, and profiles.
So, when Axis came in and told us they wanted candidates from all profiles, I decided to give it my best shot. And Axis gave me a place in their organization, Senior Manager – Process Quality. Regardless of my original domain, a bank found me fit for a new profile with familiar roots, “Process Improvement!”. It was then that I understood, no matter what domain you are from and no matter where you go, it’s the basics; the understanding of the business need is what stays with you. And with that, you can transform your career whenever you want.
And of course, getting placed at the very start is also a cherry on the cake ;)
I found a new sky with XLRI, and I cannot wait to fly in it.
Prior to joining the GM Program at XLRI, I was in the maritime industry specifically the oil tanker segment having worked for nearly six and a half years with one of the largest tanker companies in the world, Maersk Tankers. During this period, I sailed onboard their various tanker vessels in the capacity of the second officer with my primary responsibility being the safe navigation of the vessels from on place to another. In addition to being the primary in charge of navigation, my other responsibilities entailed ensuring safe loading, unloading and transportation of cargo. These jobs were primarily related to Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Over a period of time my inquisitiveness grew with regards to the finer aspects of Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain. Seeing things on an almost daily basis with regards to Operations in particular made me very keen to learn the business aspects of it. The internal dynamics that shipping companies and companies in general have to deal with was something that really fascinated me and I was very keen on knowing about it. My knowledge had been limited to the technical side of things. I wanted to learn the finer aspects of management. This was what drove my decision to finally pursue an MBA.It was not an easy decision as it meant leaving a well settled and high paying job for unknown pastures. There was an element of risk involved, but one that I was ready to take. Upon achieving successful results in the various entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, GMAT, etc. and subsequently getting selected into some of the best B schools in the country, after clearing their rigorous selection processes, XLRI was the school that I knew I wanted to join and the GM program was the perfect course given my prior work experience.
Life at XLRI has been a blast. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of being part of a diverse batch with my fellow batchmates from different industries. Interacting with all of them has broadened my horizon vastly. Despite COVID playing spoilt sport this past year, we were lucky enough to actually spend time in the campus even if it was for a short period. Spending time at campus and physically interacting with my batchmates was the thing that I will cherish the most. The bond formed with them will last a lifetime. It has been extremely enriching learning from the various professors who have taught us different subjects. Their teachings are something that I intend to inculcate for years to come. The pedagogy followed by the professors is one that helps students understand things about management right from the scratch. When I look at myself, prior starting this MBA journey I was a novice and now upon almost completion of the course I have a vast understanding of various aspects of Management. My purpose of learning about the business aspects of Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain have been fulfilled thanks to this program. I will forever be grateful to XL and the GM program in particular for everything that I have been able to take away.
The intent of personal transformation primarily guides the resolution of pursuing an MBA. The career might follow suit and the journey is as enriching and gratifying as it gets. With a B-School like XLRI, the opportunities are immense for career exploration, and one can indulge through various courses during the curriculum. Now, career transformation can be in terms of industry or function. But the prospect to focus on long term goals while accomplishing a complete and comprehensive professional development is the strength of an executive MBA. Complete career transformation is an uphill task but can be achieved with a structured approach, and the tools imbibed & inculcated from a B-school help a lot.
With an experience of 5.5 years across industries ranging from IT and Banking, it was difficult for me to transition from my last sector, i.e. banking, to technology. But the possibilities available throughout the course and aligning the past interests and experiences with my goals assisted a lot in my situation to arrive victorious on the other end. The idea is to bring transferable skills to the table, which was slightly more manageable in my case as a banker. Working in such a dynamic industry provided an edge where constant change and adhering to novel techniques is inevitable, much like technology.
But the process is not that easy. A lot of hours are invested in the practice of this transformation. The General Management program does help understand the nuances of cross-disciplinary functions required to make an industry switch. Faculty members and mentor's advice on how to make the best of your experience and follow the career path of your interest encouraged me to chart out the correct course towards my goal. Networking in such a diverse cohort also appends value where candidates from your target industry share valuable insights adding a whole arsenal working in your favour. Contextualizing past experiences coupled with the world-class pedagogy of XLRI placed me in the forefront in terms of resources. The only task that remained then was to communicate my capability and skills in the interview.
Ultimately, it all clicked for me where this expedition was testing but rewarding in hindsight. The hard work and the exposure from the General Management program helped me demonstrate my critical skills and satisfy my career expectations. There is no 'one size fits all' approach to this, and the required flexibility to pursue leading career paths was delivered by XLRI. I scored the sweet spot like several others, and now I look ahead to the journey onward, waiting to execute my business philosophy. The launching pad to a successful career destiny is empowering with an eclectic mix of business knowledge in my arsenal to pursue further learning down the line.
I am Vaishnavi Nigam. I did my BTech in Computer Science. After completing the under-graduation study, I joined IBM as a graduate hire. My role was of an C#.net application developer. I worked for three projects during my tenure in IBM. All the projects had US based client. In one of the projects, I was made the lead for my team. I got great insights about project and team management process during this as phase as the job required handling of team members and meetings, lots of client communication and collaboration with cross-functional teams and stakeholders. I was able to handle these with my critical thinking approach and interpersonal skills but I realized that there were many more aspects of project management which, if I could gain, could help me to perform more efficiently in this role. To enrich my knowledge on management I started preparing for MBA entrance exams and it was a very prestigious moment for me when I got enrolled in XLRI’s flagship PGDM GM program.
The program comprises of professionals from various domains and provides comprehensive courses on varied management topics like finance, operations, marketing, human resources, project management, organizational skills, economics, strategic management etc. The program includes seven terms, the last four being electives enabling us to specialize in the fields we want to pursue along with the availability of various courses offerings. The program is delivered through eminent and extremely knowledgeable professors using latest technology. The program structure makes us go through a rigorous learning journey involving daily assignments, group studies/assignments, case studies, quizzes, tests and practical learning approach. Also, we get to the guest lectures and talks from various veterans in different domains. These helped me in improving my time management and inter-personal skills and also provided me with great insights on the various aspects of management. Apart from academics the institution also provides us opportunity to build our skills in various other areas through sports, cultural activities, student communities and clubs which for an overall development.
The program also includes career development path for individuals by collaborating with career development agency. They provide us platform for self-development through various resources and continuous profile and skill building activities. All these help us to prepare ourselves for the interview and further professional career. Being an esteemed educational institution, XLRI attracts top recruiters. The program offers rolling placements. The knowledge gained through the program and our professional experience tremendously helps us in securing placement in the companies taking part in the placement drive. As a part of this program and through the immense workshops held to embrace students for the placements, I was successful in bagging the role of Business Program Manager in Microsoft. I couldn’t have had a better career journey.
I started my professional journey as an associate with an E-Commerce giant where I was handling business operations and slowly climbing the ladder of hierarchy. Each step was full of learnings and drawbacks, where I was constantly reminded that I needed to upskill myself to move ahead in my career. I developed the habbit of working with different teams and rotating to other processes to get a holistic understanding of the entire business. The nature of my work involved working up-close with the mid-management leaders of my company. There were many occasions where I was amazed by their decision-making skills. It became very clear in my mind that I wanted to become a decision-maker where my decisions could have a positive impact on my customers and the top line. But, with limited perspective and knowledge, it was going to be a tough and long road. Hence, I decided to pursue MBA.
Without a doubt, the decision to pursue MBA is the best decision I took for myself. Although it came with a cost of being unemployed until the course duration, the learning value, the insights into the industry, the peer learningsare a huge advantage. Moreover, this course helps to build not only an individual’s career but also character. The Ethics and values that I gained in this course are learning for life.
One of the many things that I noticed about myself is that I have gained perspective. Now I can look into a problem with many different lenses that I failed to do before. I’m now beginning to understand what would’ve gone through the leaders' minds (my previous employers) while taking critical decisions for the benefit of the organization. I can now positively say that I will be a better people and process manager.
It is needless to say that this course has helped me boost my career to a new height. I will always be grateful to this college and I hope that I will live up to its expectations.