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Take out your tap dancing shoes…

Probably you have never met me. Well! If not, you should 🙂

One of the mantras being passed on to current, recent, ancient and balding MBAs is ‘To Network’. Meet people FULL STOP

As an MBA student, HSG MBA program will give you all the training required and the opportunities to put the theory into use. Keeping the culture alive, I will pass on the statement to any one asking me for ‘MBA survival tips’ (of course other than going to Rockstory). We won’t delve into the details as you will get a lot many stories around it on different MBA blogs and other websites.

The point to ponder is that you can manage your network as strategically as you manage your career. I am of the opinion that rather than meeting as many people, one should focus on more substantial relationships. Value more face-to-face interaction; get out of the virtual world. If you want to save your shoes from being worn down in recruiting circus, then it’s time that you start building this skill. If need maybe, you can map the extent of network through the 2 x 2 matrix of Interaction vs Communication (Though, I admit failing quite some times in honing networking skills).

Our capstone event (I still can’t figure out the relevance of the term with the actual activity) will start from 5th Aug. For one last time, the 1 week course will focus on tech transformation based on integrated model dealing with strategy, innovation and technology. Once again, looking forward to meet all the guys in the same classroom and gearing up for fast paced learning as if drinking with the hose!

Meanwhile people, take out your tap dancing shoes from the closet, meet people and find someone to dance with.


Rankings Jungle & Careers

FT has released the rankings for Masters in Management. University of St. Gallen (HSG) MIS program has been ranked # 1.

And so I think, how many students will make decisions based on these ranking and how much due diligence is required for selection of a good program. Also, when the university institutes are shared among MIS and MBA programs, how does the reputation of 1 program impact the other. A lot is going on to bring MBA program up there. Hope to see the results shortly.

Career Services Team has asked us to complete Visions & Values. From post-MBA job perspective, have leveraged the following graph to position myself:

The tests for International Management and Finance-I are approaching. The thought in the mind (seems like it is stuck from past sessions of web-surfing):

“If You Can’t Create Your Own Answers In The Examination
Management Is Not Meant For You.”

The first fortnight into my MBA

So the first fortnight is over. HSG-MBA started with an orientation program. School took us to the city tour, helped us in registering at Canton office and with the basic stuff (housing, insurances, storage etc). HSG MBA building is separated from the main university campus by a few flight of stairs. So the university is uphill and the MBA building is commonly known as down-hill. We had a tour of uphill campus, got our photos done for CV book. The class was also taken for a full day outdoor team building exercise on the Swiss mountains. Was kind of good!

And then was the real start. Core-I started with International Management, Marketing & Communications, Statistics and Finance. Professors are knowledgeable and energetic. Career services team has also sprung into action. Had a LIFO session and CV writing workshop. International Management professor brought along-with him the first guest speaker – Global HR head for a leading Mining & Chemicals company. So all in all a good beginning.

At T-2

At T-2, the heart starts pounding fast! Less than a fortnight left before I start my MBA at St. Gallen (HSG MBA), Switzerland. Most of the things have been taken care-of. Only things going on now are jogging, pre-reading (Accounting, Khans Academy)  and dreams!  

I have finalized the apartment over the phone itself. Looks good so far.

So my new home for next 1 year – University and Library buildings.

And the night shelter for next 1 year – my apartment. 

Ain’t the view fantastic? And there is a small bar as well in the apartment (just to discuss the cases and late night assignments).

Hopefully night outs will not be an issue any more and there won’t be any excuse for not performing 🙂  So wish me luck people. The next post will be directly from MBA building in St. Gallen. Till then, Tschüss!

PS: On Lappy (ZNMD)
Der lagi lekin, 
Maine ab hai Jeena seekh liya
Jaise bhi ho din, 
Maine ab hai Jeena seekh liya

Hello World!

Hello Readers!

To begin with, today I narrowly missed getting into 2 B schools of my choice. It really hurts when you get dings after all the interviews. As I prepare to move on, I thought of sharing my journey with everyone else. There might be thoughts that you might want to leverage in your tale as well.

So after the debacle at both the schools (and choosing between other 3 schools), I will start my MBA journey at University of St. Gallen (HSG MBA) this September. I have got the admit, deposit the initial amount and am looking forward to the experience.

Just to tell you about me, am a stereotypical male from India with some experience in IT industry (a decade in-fact). Cleared my GMAT earlier this year, scored 94 percentile and embarked on the voyage. Apart from this monotonous side, I have interesting side as well. In my professional sphere, I have worked in various aspects of IT with different interesting and capable people. I have also setup my own portal which aimed at consolidation of retail (mom-n-pop stores). Other than that I have done 6 Flags roller coasters in US, have made soba noodles from very beginning in a village 100 miles off Tokyo, have trekked at Mt. Fuji and have enjoyed coffee and day dreaming alongside the canals of Amsterdam.

This blog will be an informative to the totally new world I am about to set in. Even if a single person is benefited from my experiences, I would consider the blog has done its purpose.