“How to make the best out of a B-school,” tells Suhas Krishnamoorthy of Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai
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 Institute of Management, Chennai, and now works at HCL Technologies as 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 life-time 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.
Build your Network
During the induction programme 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.
Be a part of a student committee which interests you
Committee membership is more like an 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.
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 which 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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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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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.