Careers360 brings ‘My MBA Experience’, where alumni of top B-schools shares their campus life, their academic learning and their professional experiences. They will also delve on the fact on how the MBA experience has enriched their professional experience.
Dinakaran Balaji, an engineer, pursued his MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management. He shares his campus life experience and academic learning’s in three international campuses of SPJSGM.
After completing his MBA, Dinakaran is presently working as a Business Analyst with Network International/Emirates NBD. His area of interest in Innovation and Research was the reason why he specialized in Contemporary Marketing, and pursued his career in the same field further.
Thinking about his MBA days, Dinakaran says that the opportunity to learn global business in three fascinating cities, Singapore, Sydney and Dubai, with a PPO shaped him into a professional what he is today.
Reliving his campus days, he shares that he misses the fun with other students at late night parties, football and cricket tournaments, and especially his 4 months of campus life in Sydney.
Read Dinakaran’s campus and MBA experiences below.
Careers360: What was your initial thought process when you joined your MBA programme?
Dinakaran: When I joined SPJSGM, I realized that I have to spend most of my time in library and study several ISI journals. The weekly academic schedule was rigorous and I prepared myself to allocate enough time for my research project and regular classes.
Careers360: What is your specialization in? How has the subject helped you in your career?
Dinakaran: I have specialized in Contemporary Marketing Management. I would say that my learning in SP Jain was the key for successfully converting my internship into full time job. While developing a concept model for augmented reality application, I used all my learning’s from products and services management and IT management courses. The research methodologies helped in conducting a proper secondary research on payment technologies.
To be precise, we had lots of case studies and management exercises during our course which was really helpful and provoked us to think out of the box. These case studies are extremely relevant and helped me in the real life business scenarios.
Careers360: Is industry work different from what you learn at B-schools?
Dinakaran: Real life business problems and uncertainties are something which we can’t learn from any colleges, but one can be trained to tackle such situation in a good business school. We had several business simulation exercises that helped us to frame quick decisions in difficult situations. Apart from that, I applied lot of product model concepts and research techniques which I learnt during course in my present work.
Careers360: Can you please briefly tell us about your career path so far?
Dinakaran: Immediately after my four year engineering degree, I worked for Verizon Data Services as a Software Engineer. My role was to develop and maintain web applications using Java Server Faces. During my tenure at Verizon, I had witnessed lot of innovative ideas and marketing strategy adopted by the company. I always wanted to be the change and come up with new ideas rather than performing a repetitious programing job.
As businesses widen their international horizons, I felt it’s crucial for me to do my masters in management with global exposure. I couldn’t ask any better B-school than SP Jain School of Global Management to do my masters. It provided me an opportunity to learn global business in three fascinating cities, Singapore, Sydney and Dubai. I completed my 4 months of internship in Network International and also got a dream PPO from the same company.
Careers360: From your experience, please share how did your internship experience help you at your first job?
Dinakaran: I did my internship in Network International for 4 months. The scope of my internship was to standardize the current workflow and business requirements of existing products, conduct research on payment technologies and to innovate payment products. I came up with an idea of introducing augmented reality in credit/debit cards for promoting issuing bank’s loyalty programme and also developed a prototype with the help of a virtual reality startup. This experience helped me to get the offer from the same company itself.
Careers360: How do you think your MBA programme and B-School has added value to your life?
Dinakaran: The tri-city model helped me to gain knowledge and experience in major cities of the world. This global exposure helped me to adapt to a culturally diverse organization and also I was able to introduce few ideas which I learnt from Singapore and Australian market to the gulf. The business simulations drastically improved my decision making and analyzing skills. Above all, I’m currently enjoying my work and made good friends for life!
Careers360: Briefly take us through your life at the campus, both academic and non-academic life?
Dinakaran: Masters in Global Business is a 16 months course. During first semester, we had all the generic management subjects like Accountings, Macro and Micro Economics, etc. First semester was very rigorous as we spent 90% of the time only performing academic activities. Second and Third semester, the focus was more on specialization subjects.
The student life committee at SP Jain will make sure that we get enough breaks from the stressful time we have during each semesters. In all the three cities, we had incredible fun such as learning golf, dragon boating, trekking, abseiling, parliament visit, desert safari and so on.
Careers360: You are a proud alumnus of this top B-school. What is the best part of this B-School from a student perspective?
Dinakaran: SP Jain has an efficient and comprehensive curriculum. It’s a great platform for younger MBA aspirants with exposure to three major cities of the world. All the professors are world class, for any serious student it’s a great opportunity for them to extract as much from the professors. They are very supportive and even now, I ask their suggestions for few business ideas.
Careers360: You have spent memorable time at your B-school. Do you miss being a part of it? Please share a few good memories?
Dinakaran: Yes, I miss lot of things. I’d say that the best year in my life so far was the year I studied in SP Jain School of Global Management. For anyone, studying in three different countries will be a unique experience and I’m very thankful to the college for this opportunity.
Apart from group studies and other activities, I miss the fun we all had together at late night parties, football and cricket tournaments, especially the 4 months stay in Sydney!
Careers360: Any suggestion/guidance for your future MBA aspirants?
Dinakaran: Follow your dreams and just don’t think anything apart from it. It might sound so archaic, but my mantra is to believe in my ideas and just try to be the best. So whatever is your area of interest, try to go deep into it and be the best. I love research and throughout the course, my focus was on research. So I would say, choose your interested field and try to be the best in it.
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