Case study based pedagogy and industry experience of faculty and peers are main takeaways of the programme: Divya S, PGPM 2017 student, Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai
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 Institute of Management 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.
Read the full interview below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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pls provide last year cutoff of great lake for cat and cmat
Cut off of a specific college can differ every year. It depends upon various factors such as total number of aspirants, highest scorer, number of seats, difficulty level.
If we take previous year records , the expected cut-off of CAT for Great lakes was 80% and of CMAT was 85-90%.
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Which colleges should i prefer Great lakes chennai Pgdm or kj somaiya International business?
Great lakes chennai has 4.3/5 rating from the students of the campus. it indicates that college has done it's best in all the factors. Fee structure over 10lakhs with additional charges which is bit higher for 2 year course. fee structure vary as per stream/domain. for admission, institute accepts CAT, XAT and GMAT. even MAT score is accepted for admission.
Other facility like Infrastructure, library, space for extra-curricular work is good and best. You will get good enough space to use and test yourself to find what you are good at. Faculty are well experienced holding PhD degree. They do best to teach student and make them learn.
KJ Somaiya International Business:- well service provider for well recognized for one of the best B-school in India. Infrastructure is good. experienced faculty, placement is best as students gets placed in top fortune 400 MNCs. It offers PGDM specialization in streams like HR, operation, Finance and marketing.
entrance exam considered :- CAT/XAT/GMAT/ CMAT. fee structure is 14.93lakh approximately. Highest package offered is 27lpa.
considering fee structure as a factor, KJ somaiya will be better option. for rest term of factors, both the campus are same. You can choose any one you find interesting.
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I have 22 months of work experience in automobile sector and i have recieved a call from Great Lakes Chennai. I also recieved a call from KJ Somaiya Institute. Which Institute should i go for considering placements and my current work experience.
Both the colleges are highly demanded and good reviewed college. Rating given by the students indicates college provides best environment and support of faculties for improvement of students skills and knowledge. You can choose anyone which you find suitable for you.
On the basis of placement, you can choose Great Lake college as it has good placement performance and as per the statistics, it increases every year.
for more information, please visit the link below:- https://www.careers360.com/colleges/kj-somaiya-college-of-engineering-mumbai
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Hello!Can I Know About the Weight age given for Academics?
Please mention about which stream you want to know.
If you are asking in general then it is just a bar which is kept as eligibility criteria by college , institutes and organizations for selection or admission. So it is important to score above 60% which is quite stable and makes easy to go through the process. There are institutes like IIT and NIT where you can take admission only if you have 75% in 12th
Many MNCs hire candidates with eligibility criteria above 65 -75 also.
But there are many other option also where your skills will be considered over your academics score.
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is it worth persuing PGPM from great lakes chennai after having 4.5 years of work experience?
Great lakes institute of management, Chennai has great placement record for pgpm courses. Every year, almost 98% students placed in different reputed companies like Dell, HCL, ITC, EY, Cognizant, Genpact, KPMG, Snapdeal, TCs etc with median packages around is 8 to 9 lakhs. A multinational Consulting Firm made the highest offer with a CTC of 28.6 lakhs per annum. The college infrastructure is really good. Overall, it is an excellent B school if you exclude the IIMs.