“How to make the best out of a B-school,” tells Suhas Krishnamoorthy of Great Lakes Institute of Management Ch
The journey of a management aspirant doesn’t end when s/he manages to take admission in a renowned B-school. It actually starts from there and s/he has to bring the best out of a B-school in two years to make his decision of pursuing MBA worth. But the question is how? How to make the best out of a B-school? Suhas Krishnamoorthy, who studied management at Great Lakes Chennai, and now works at HCL Technologies as a Consultant, tells the answer to the question.
Suhas says that the students who have taken admission this year need to realize the magnitude of investment they have made. The students must realize that they haven’t just invested money but also their time, mental presence, and personal life. Suhas adds, “My personal experience doing a post-graduate program in management has been once in a lifetime experience. Right from the first day of my b-school life to the last day, I have made sure to learn something every day. Do remember that learning does not always mean knowledge gained inside the classroom, it can be outside the classroom, on the football ground, or in the canteen. It can be anywhere and at any time.”
Now let’s have a look at the tips given by Suhas to make the best out of B-school.
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Build your Network
During the induction program of my batch, the Dean stressed on the importance of the statement ‘Your network is your net worth.’ Initially, it did make much sense and hence I tried started building my network from the first day. However as the course progressed, I realized that it should become one of my ultimate goals in life. Once you meet a person, it is always better to make it a relationship than to make it transactional. After all, strong network relationships are invaluable assets of our life.
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Be a part of a student committee that interests you
Committee membership is more like experiential learning. Every college has multiple committees to look after various activities happening around you in your college. Since most of the activities are student-driven in a B-school, it gives you a good managerial experience pre-hand joining your job. Yes, it will definitely be difficult to manage both studies and committee work, but then what is the use of a B-school life if it does not teach you how to manage time and stress? Thus I would encourage every student who wishes to learn management to be a part of a committee and make the most of it.
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Take pivotal positions in college fests and other initiatives organized by your institute
I’m pretty sure that every B-school has its own National and International festivals and conferences. Be a part of the organizing committee of it. It will give you an outlook of how to manage activities that involve parties outside the scope of normal committee work. Moreover, this will give you a chance to work with a different set of the team thus giving you a different experience.
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Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Health is the most main parameter which would enable you to become a successful MBA graduate. Unless you maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your course, you’ll not be able to manage the stress levels or work on your deliverable efficiently. Make sure to do some sort of exercise every day to keep yourself fit. Maintain a healthy diet and get a sound sleep of 5-6 hours per day. The more you compromise on these three factors, the more your health will deteriorate.
Balance your life to pursue your hobby
Once you enter corporate life post MBA, it will be a little difficult to start and pursue your interests. Thus B-School life is a great platform to start, improve your and showcase your talent. Be it dancing, singing, and photography, art work, writing blogs etc., you’ll have many peers to support, encourage and criticize you. Ensure to utilize their full support and make your hobby a habit. Build such a strong base that it will motivate you to continue it even after your graduation. This is, in fact, a very important point because devoting time to hobbies gives you time to yourself. This in turn aids in handling your life in a better way.
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Maintain your LinkedIn Profile
MBA graduates generally spend too much time on social networking but fail to invest even a little amount of time on professional networking. Maintaining your LinkedIn profile not only helps you distinguish yourself from others but also helps you improve your industry knowledge. Often times, even before you apply for a role, recruiters show interest in you just because of your LinkedIn Profile. Read news, keep yourself updated about the industries, follow companies you are interested in and wait for the right moment. Sooner or later, you’ll definitely get what you want.
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Last but not the least, Study!
After all, you enrolled yourself for the course to widen your knowledge base. Thus amidst all these activities, you need to ensure that you learn as much as possible from the lectures and you extract maximum possible knowledge from your professors. Do religiously follow the pedagogy of the courses and put in an effort to solve the cases assigned. If there is any requirement to complete a capstone project, give your best shot at it because it simulates real life issues.
Great Lakes Chennai Placements immediately after your course will not define your success. What would define your success is how you assimilate the learnings and grow as a person in the future! Hence try to follow these few secrets which would help you complete MBA with flying colours. Have fun and learn at the same time!
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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:
All the best