Networking opportunity with peers and mentors is the biggest takeaway, says Ankana Ghatak, PGP 2017, ISB
Ankana Ghatak is a student of the Post Graduate Programme at ISB under the Young Leader’s Programme. Prior to joining the programme, she worked as an Analyst at Ernst & Young Risk Advisory department for over a year.
According to Ankana, an Economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, the peer learning, industrial and international exposure, the case based pedagogy are among the best aspects of the programme. She also mentions that having a good GMAT score is not the only criterion to get admission at ISB. An overall good profile with a clear idea about short term and long term career goals plays an equally important role.
Read the full interview below.
Careers360: What are the factors which led you to pursue PGP from ISB?
Ankana Ghatak: I am one of the select few who secured admission to the ISB PGP under the Young Leader’s Programme. I applied for the programme, while still pursuing under-graduation in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. I wanted to pursue a course to strengthen and bring focus into my corporate career and an MBA seemed to be the best course to do so.
Careers360: Why did you select ISB for pursuing this programme?
Ankana Ghatak: I did not apply to any other MBA school before joining ISB. The reason for selecting ISB was that it provided word-class faculty, a great alum network and brilliant infrastructure.
Careers360: Please share in detail the application and final selection procedure at your B-School.
Ankana Ghatak: The YLP application process may be slightly different from the regular PGP application. I applied in the pre-final year of under-grad. There were 3 rounds in the application- the first round involved filling up an online form and required us to submit a video application as well. The second round required us to submit GMAT scores and recommendations along with three essays on given topics. The last round involved a personal interview and a case study round.
Careers360: How have you financed the course?
Ankana Ghatak: Student loans are easily available and ISB students usually receive loans at lower rates of interest from most banks.
Careers360: What is a typical day in your life at ISB?
Ankana Ghatak: A typical day is hectic and challenging with a lot of things that go on. At the same time, all that you learn here is extremely interesting. Classes are mostly 4 hours in a day, 4 days a week and the weekends are mostly spent on self-study and assignments.
Careers360: How much industrial and international exposure does your programme provide you?
Ankana Ghatak: Being a one year course, ISB’s PGP does not provide you an internship opportunity that 2 year courses can provide. However, the school has multiple opportunities to take up industrial courses and projects such as the ‘Experiential Learning Program’ or PAeV along with exchange programs.
Careers360: What are the pedagogical differences you have observed in guest lectures delivered by academicians and industry practitioners? Please share the best elements from both.
Ankana Ghatak: We get a good mix of both worlds. While academicians can provide us with great insights from research; the industry practitioners provide us the insights which are relevant to the corporate set up. In terms of the teaching methods, they both apply application based learning here. We do a lot of case studies which makes the teaching more application based and each type of faculty bring their experience to the fore.
Careers360: How much is the rigour of the programme in comparison to the 2 year regular MBA offered at other top B-schools?
Ankana Ghatak: We cover vast subjects in a shorter period of time. This makes a one year programme much more rigorous. The courses run fast and there is a lot to cover and grasp but the faculty do a great job in making it possible to cover the same amount of content as any 2 year course, smoothly.
Careers360: According to you, what is the best aspect of your programme and campus?
Ankana Ghatak: The students here come from such diverse backgrounds that the network you form here is the most important take away. The infrastructure is one of the best in India. The programme is fast and rigorous and that means that we need not stay away from the industry for long. The campus is self-sufficient and the faculty and staff are extremely supportive.
Careers360: What are your expectations from the programme? How would you like to implicate the learning after completing the programme?
Ankana Ghatak: I plan to take the experience as a learning step to grasp whatever is needed to be successful. The courses here will bridge any knowledge gaps that may have remained.
Careers360: What is your advice to the aspirants planning to opt for this programme?
Ankana Ghatak: Be very clear about why you want to do an MBA. During the application, GMAT is only one of the criteria for selection. Build a profile that is well rounded and carry well-defined short term and long term goals. Once here, be ready for hardwork and be open to the entire experience that ISB provides you.
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