Applying the MBA to real life

31 May

It will be two years this September to the MBA and I must say that I have been applying the MBA to my post-MBA life rather often; both consciously and sub-consciously. The application has been in terms of all kinds of knowledge garnered during that amazing year – both in terms of core, hard courses and “soft” skills.

In my job as a purchaser / product manager, the most useful core courses that I have been frequently applying are Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Supply chain operations. Courses like Decision Analysis, I used a lot more in the in-between time post the MBA and before starting the new job.

Then there are the courses like Organizational Behavior, Change management and negotiation and the soft-skill courses like Team-work, inter-cultural management and the like (focusing on people skills). These have been invaluable ever since I learnt about them. I definitely would consider honing my skills in these three areas over the coming years. They are extremely practical and IMHO, a must-have in every person’s kit.

And finally, I have always felt that whoever termed “Soft” skills as being “soft „certainly did a huge disservice to them. These skills are anything but “soft”. Internalizing them takes longer than one would think. So you know Kotter’s 8-step change management model. However, perfecting it is an art in itself and definitely one that needs practice every single day. It’s what one of my favorite professors always said – “Real application of soft-skills is like The difference between ‘ savoir-faire’ (know-how) and ‘savoir-être’ (application of the knowledge appropriately).”

In other news, I am looking forward to the Summer-party in MBS in July. I really do hope that the weather gets better by then, but either ways it promises to be a great evening at the good ol’ EO! 🙂 Looking forward to catching up with my friends from my batch and hearing everyone’s stories.

I also hope to run into some of you from the current class. Good luck with running the last mile and make the most of Term4. In less than 4 months, you will enter the world of alumni – unbelievable how soon time flies!

And finally, I wish those of you currently in the application stages, all the very best!

Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Anita (Class of 2011)

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3 Responses to “Applying the MBA to real life”

  1. Arijit S. Bohra September 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Hi,

    I am a working professional from Mumbai. I’ve got 3 years of work experience.
    Two years from a renowned organization like Godrej & Boyce and one year with a smaller company, but with a lot more responsibilities involving decision making and business development. I have developed a good profile in the past one year including a business visit to U.K.
    Could you tell me if I could apply for the Manheim MBA? What are the chances with just 3 years of work experience?
    Would positively await your response at vak.arijit17@gmail.com
    Thanks.

  2. Jayagowri October 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi Anitha,

    I am Jaya from Chennai, India. Read your blog, which is very informative. I am interested in pursuing MBA in MBS & would like to get more information from a student like you. Let me know if you are convenient to have a chat about MBS

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