Apr 22, 2011

The Karma Of Life & B-School Prospects

   Of late I’ve been asked by some people who are waiting B-School admits / have got B-School admits on what to do once they begin the course. It is true, that unless you talk to people & find out what are the things that you should expect in a B-School, you might be in for a rude shock.The following are a set of things ( extremely personal opinion, I should say) that may help a new B-School entrant in his / her 2 year stint at the institute

1)  A lot of you may have come into B-School harbouring thoughts of a radical career change into investment banking / consulting from your monotonous IT jobs. I wouldn’t say that it is impossible. But keep in mind that a lot of things that you are keen to achieve are constrained by your life so far ( read, your gender, what you have in your ‘CV’   -  things you cannot change ). So, don’t get upset if you don’t get a McKinsey / GoldMan Sacchs shortlist in summers :)

2) B-School is not always a place where meritocracy rules. Don’t expect the exams / valuation to be always fair / expect rewards proportionate to your efforts. Infact , you would be better off if you realize now itself that life is not a fair game  

3) People ask me this - Does my CG matter ? Yes it does.. However I won’t advise leaving everything else in pursuit of CGPA. B-School is a place where you should experiment a bit. If you are a fan of photography, create/join a photography club. If you fancy yourselves talking to media persons, join your college’s media cell. If you want to try out managing a large set of vociferous student, try getting into SAC/Council..  And lot of stuff like that. Don’t do any of the above for just a thing called “CV Point” (Which, you’ll become familiar in a while). Do those things to develop yourselves as a person, stretch yourselves, strive for perfection..

            B-School is perhaps the place where you’ll find yourself in the company of peers with very high intellectual capacity..You would rarely meet people of such intellectual rigor (whether they use it rightfully or not is another question) in your workplace.. Use that environment, develop yourself. It is not that final placement’s CTC figure that you should take out of there. It is a refined & well developed personality. That should be your goal :)


Kandarp said...

Nice post !
If only people were to listen to such advice :)

LM said...

Thanks for the wonderful post.!