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Divya S, a Design Engineer working for the EPCM industry for 4 years decided to pursue Executive MBA to acquire the business skills to move further in career ladder. She chose the 1 year PGPM at Great Lakes Chennai over Executive MBA programmes in USA or Europe.
According to Divya, the best thing about the programme is the case study driven approach and the industrial experience of the faculty members. In this interview with Careers360, Divya S, PGPM 2017 student at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai shares her experience of pursuing the programme and career aspirations post completion.
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Careers360: Why did you decide to pursue the 1 year PGPM programme at Great Lakes Institute of Management?
Divya S: After almost 4 years of full time work experience, spending 2 years in a classroom did not allure me. While many good universities offer a part-time MBA, I believe that will be no substitute to a full-time experience. An executive MBA combines the best of the both. It lets you draw from and build on to the lessons you learnt from the corporate, reduces the opportunity cost of being away from the corporate for 2 years and gives you just the right amount of time to acquire skills and knowledge to manage a business entity.
Careers360: Tell us about your previous role and work experience.
Divya S: In my erstwhile organization I was a design engineer associated with a multinational organization in the EPCm industry. We built plants to help its clients extract and process crude oil.
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Careers360: Which B-schools did you apply for and why did you select Great Lakes Institute of Management?
Divya S: I was looking for executive management programmes. B-schools in the US have 2 year management programmes. European universities do have 1 year programmes. However, I believe that there is tremendous growth opportunity in the emerging market economies. I had applied to Indian School of Business and Great Lakes Institute of Management since these two are well-structured and respected executive management programmes in India.
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Careers360: What was the application and final selection procedure at your B-School?
Divya S: The selection to Great Lakes Institute of Management is twofold. The first step is an online application. Shortlisted applicants are called for an interview. Candidates, who make the cut in the interview, get admission into Great Lakes Institute of Management.
Careers360: How have you financed the course at Great Lakes Institute of Management?
Divya S: Financing for good management programmes inside India should be of least concern. Loans at competitive rates with and without collaterals are easily available from various banks and financial services.
Careers360: How do you spend a typical day at the campus?
Divya S: My typical day in Great Lakes begins with a jog around the campus or on the treadmill in the gym, runs through lectures, assignments, pre-reads, committee/club activities and ends with interesting maggi/coffee-table conversations over group assignments, when the night is still young.
Careers360: How difficult was it to adjust to the student life after so many years? How did you manage?
Divya S: Newton's laws apply to human minds as much as they apply to objects in motion. Initially there will be some inertia to switch back to academic mode. Great Lakes helped by conducting basic workshops and providing access to e-Learning courses for subjects one is not familiar with in the first fortnight. For instance, this year, in the first fortnight, we had access to Harvard Business Publishing for Accounting.
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Careers360: What are the non-academic activities you are involved in?
Divya S: I am a part of the Branding and Public Relations committee, popularly known as BPR. I am also a part of the GL Blogmasters club, runner's club called Great Lakes Gazelles and the Toastmasters club of Great Lakes.
Careers360: How much industrial and international exposure does your programme provide you?
Divya S: Great Lakes has an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) in association with University of Bordeaux, France. Each year a few students go on an exchange programme to France. The empirical studies which run for almost the entire tenure of the programme provide immense industry exposure.
Careers360: What are the difference in teaching method applied by guest lectures delivered by academicians and industry practitioners? Please share the best elements from both.
Divya S: All professors in Great Lakes come with decades of industry experience. The teaching methods are heavily case-study centric. Frequent interactions with people currently leading organizations also happen. These interactions supplement and add on to the learning in classroom.
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Careers360: What is the best aspect of your programme and campus?
Divya S: The best aspect of the programme is the faculty. As mentioned already, each professor comes with decades of industry experience. All subjects are heavily case-study driven thereby gives ample scope for flow of information.
Careers360: What are your expectations from the programme? How would you like to implicate the learning after completing the programme?
Divya S: I expect to equip myself with skills and knowledge to understand nuances of business.
Careers360: What is your advice to the aspirants of Executive MBA?
Divya S: Stay vigil at work and try to pick up learnings on the fly. In the end, an Executive MBA is to enable you to become an able leader. The first logical step is to learn from your pre-MBA workplace and attempt to understand the big picture.
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which is better for marketing. PGDM at NMIMS Bangalore or PGDM at Great Lakes Chennai
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), Bangalore
The faculty staffs are very good. Placement rate is satisfactory. It is really a great college and very good for marketing. It is AICTE approved. The total fees is around INR 16.50 Lakh. The course duration is 2 years. Course level is PG Diploma. According to NAAC It got A+ grade. The number of total seat is 60. The infrastructure of this college is great. It is one of the best institute for marketing. It has a market value, flexible learning method.
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at Great Lakes, Chennai
You must have work experience of 18 to 16 months, if you found to be exceptionally good in this field. This institute only accepts CAT, XAT, GMAT, MAT or CMAT scores. It is really worthy institute for PGDM in marketing. There is international faculty, business ready manages, diversified industry interaction, rich peer learning and really strong alumni network. That is why it is worth going for it. There is no management quota in this institute. Here admissions are done on merit basis only. This institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). AICTE is a statutory body under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is a premier B school of the country and it is always tough to get into such schools as the number of applicants are very high. Good preparation is needed to be successful in the selection process.
Both of the institutes are private. NMIMS, Bangalore will be a better choice for a newbie and Great Lakes, Chennai is a better choice for the Experienced one. But the candidate must have at least work experience of two years. NMIMS is good for 2 years MBA course. The placement rate of NMIMS, Bangalore is better than that of Great Lakes, Chennai. But there is no doubt that Great Lakes provides much strong education than NMIMS, Bangalore. Otherwise both are very nice place to study and helpful for career. I wish you all the best for your future.
I have a friend who has scored 84.5%le in CMAT 2021. She is a NC-OBC category candidate based out in Delhi NCR with 1.2 years of experience. Which are the good colleges she can get in? What are the chances of Great Lakes Chennai/ Gurgaon, Welingkar Mumbai, etc. ?
Below I have provided a link stating the cut off of Cmat for different colleges last year. You can refer to link if you want detailed cut off.
As your friend has score 84+ percentile so the colleges to which he is eligible are,
Jaipuria Institute of Management,
Dr DY Patil College, Pune,
Welinkar School of Management,
Amity University, and many more.
Because of the category he also might be qualified for other good collegea.
Hope that helps.
Which college should i prefer for MBA/PGDM? . GLIM-C PGDM vs KJ CORE ? PLease do help and suggest
As per the rankings of NIRF, Great Lakes Institute of Management is at 23rd whereas KJ Somaiya Institute of Management is at 56th position.
The Placement Record of GLIM is that 95% of students were placed within 9 months in 2020 whereas 100% students were placed in 2019 in KJ Somaiya Institute.
Both the college's are good, the choice is yours which one you should prefer, the rankings and placement records will be a guiding factor for you.
Hope the information is helpful to you.
How good is Great lakes,chennai for pursuing career in Human resources?
Great Lakes Chennai is one of the better Private HR Campuses in India after XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT Ghaziabad and MDI Gurgaon. The Institute has good infrastructure, faculty and a strong employer outlook. Being located near Corporate Hubs at Chennai and nearby Bangalore and Hyderabad provide huge scope and impetus to training and placements.
To know more about Great Lakes Chennai do follow the link below
In what range is the CMAT cut of for Great lakes Chennai and Goa Institute of management?
The previous year CMAT cutoff for Goa Institute of Management, Goa was 99.8 percentile which means you need a score of 300+ and as far as Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai is concerned , you need a score of 280+. The cutoff percentile has always been 90+. But note that Great Lakes always considers other factors like past academic records, work experience (if any), interview equal importance ,so the selection will be done in an holistic manner.
You may checkout the below link for CMAT cutoffs of various colleges:
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