MICA Ahmedabad Alumnus Mohit Sadhwani shares his B-school Experience
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Mohit Sadhwani is a proud alumnus of MICA Ahmedabad, who is currently working as a Management Trainee with Multi Screen Media. He graduated as an Electronics and Communications Engineer and later pursued his Post Graduate Diploma in Management in Communications. During his career as Systems Engineer with Infosys, Mohit’s attention and excitement gradually grew towards management graduates’ work including preparing the business proposals and pitching to clients for various projects. His interests and fascination in the media and entertainment industry grew so much that he opted to study from MICA and pursued his career in the industry.
Read his interview to know what he learned during his academic programme in MICA.
Careers360: Tell us about your domain and your work profile. At professional level, did you pursue the same field you were interested or you switched?
Mohit Sadhwani: I graduated as an Electronics and Communications Engineer and worked as a Systems Engineer with Infosys Limited. My work was to develop software applications and maintenance of software packages for various clients. While working as an engineer, I realized that it was a very monotonous job and I wanted to do a lot more than what was given to me. That was when I interacted with the industry veterans and found out that I should enrol for a post graduation programme. While pursuing my PGDM, I opted for specialization in Media Management, as I was interested in the media industry and I found MICA was the best place to study.
Careers360: Can you briefly tell us about your career path so far?
Mohit Sadhwani: I entered the corporate world as a Systems Engineer with Infosys Ltd. My role was that of a techie which required me to write software programmes and debug the same. It was a 9 to 5 job and would involve coding at various levels in the software development life cycle. I realized that the business school graduates in Infosys were given a lot more exciting work like working on proposals and pitching to clients for various projects. I assisted them and worked on a few proposals and began liking the work to a great extent. The different kinds of work offered to them encouraged me to apply to various B-schools for my Post Graduation.
While applying for my post graduation at B-Schools, I had made up my mind to change the industry I was working in. The media and entertainment industry in India had always fascinated me. Being part of MICA, I got an opportunity to intern with Multi Screen Media. The world of broadcast media exposed me to a lot of different avenues and I was very happy to work there. The media industry is a big contrast from the IT industry in India. My two month stint as an intern there, helped me get a full time job offer with them post completion of my PG programme.
Careers360: Is industry work different from what you learn at B-School?
Mohit Sadhwani: Yes. In my opinion, most of the times, industry work shows us unexpected events or situations. The responses we make towards these events are not what we study in B-School classrooms; they are based on the way we think as individuals keeping the company values and principles in mind. The outcome generated by these responses is of utmost importance to us because that is how our success or failure is measured. Although it varies from one individual to another but B-schools help us in developing the aptitude for such thinking.
Careers360: How do you think your MBA programme has added value to your life, both professional and personal?
Mohit Sadhwani: Professionally, PGDM programme at MICA has exposed me to media and entertainment industry which I always wanted to venture into. I took up the programme which exposed me to lateral and innovative thinking in a very unique manner.
Personally, it has helped me connect with a very talented peer group from whom I got to learn a lot. I found a new interest in photography and also started to learn guitar from my friends. The PGDM-C programme at MICA has helped me become a lot more mature in my thinking which in-turn helps me in making wise decisions on various fronts. It also taught me to stand on my ground in turbulent times and to think before taking any step forward in any situation.
Careers360: What was your initial thought process when you joined your MBA programme?
Mohit Sadhwani: Initially when I joined MICA, I thought it would be a very formal and strict atmosphere. I thought we would have no time to do anything but study and attend classes. But it turned out to be a unique experience. There was fun in activities and pressure for academics too, but the balance between both was great.
Careers360: You must have spent memorable time at MICA. Do you miss being a part of it? Share a few good memories.
Mohit Sadhwani: Yes, I do miss MICA a lot. Apart from the class-room activities, committee work and extra curriculars, there is a lot that MICA offers. I am an avid badminton player and at MICA, the badminton court is located between hostels, thereby involving lot of participation from the students. It was my favourite place to unwind at the end of the day and I miss the banter, I shared with my fellow opponents on and off the court.
Careers360: Briefly take us through your life at the campus, the activities you used to do and your routine life.
Mohit Sadhwani: Being part of the placement committee, I was one of the few people entrusted with a lot of responsibilities towards the students and their career. Apart from that, attending classes, chasing deadlines for assignments, participating in competitions and working on live projects were a few things that occupied my routine life.
Amidst all this I used to unwind with a few friends at the Chhota canteen at college and also used to spend some time playing badminton whenever I could. Before I joined MICA, I used to go to bed at 11 pm and wake up at 6 am. However, after joining, I couldn’t see the difference between night and day. My entire cycle changed but I enjoyed every bit of it.
Careers360: You are a proud alumnus of this top B-School. What is the best part of MICA from a student's perspective?
Mohit Sadhwani: MICA offers a unique approach to B-School life. The courses taught here have a niche outlook towards strategic marketing and communications which are quite unique in comparison to other B-schools. The placement opportunity provided here is also very different in terms of the kind of companies that visit campus from different industries and kind of roles the students are offered.
Careers360: Tell us one of your B-school student life experience, the fun times and the pranks you used to do?
Mohit Sadhwani: MICA gave me an opportunity to do a lot more than just study. A very fond memory of mine is that of the last month at MICA. I had never imagined that I would be able to pick up any musical instrument in my life. However, because of some time available and the company of talented friends, I learned how to play a guitar and picked up a song. I have learnt just that one song till date and performed it on stage during our last cultural programme. I was very nervous and my hands were shivering on the chords. When the song got over, the applause and appreciation I got from the audience was overwhelming. I was very happy that day. The memories bring a smile on my face every time I think about my MICA times.
Careers360: Any suggestion/guidance for the MBA aspirants?
Mohit Sadhwani: Just be certain of where you see yourself at the end of two years of B-School. Everything else will fall in place.
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