Management course from IIMB, is always dream for many of the aspiring grads in India for sure. In recent years, with Indian economy going great guns, there is definite inclination among working exec’s to upgrade themselves to the management world, understand nuances in the structured way and expedite the path with confidence.
I was hit by similar bug, when I realized I am probably missing certain way of thoughts, thinking blah blah..This eventually lead to realism that I missed the trick of being a management grad, which is must for way forward. Of course, coming from IT background, obvious growth trajectory is technical path. This for some reasons, I thought its not my cup of tea. Being fascinated by customer facing roles, I see myself more successful in managing customer and interacting with the delivery of the projects. Bingo, I decided this is the way forward.
Q was how? Thankfully one of my college senior suggested strongly to participate in short-duration weekend program from IIMB. After few months of research, interacting with the IIMB proffs, current students, peers, bosses (Boss is always right), blogs etc etc I decided to pursue Executive Management program from IIM-B.
Thankfully the course was best, in that sense. I will say course was the best choice available to working executives in India. It is more inclined to management framework and nuances starting from subjects like economics (micro, macro), finance (accounting, corporate, financial analysis, working capital management, cost management etc etc), marketing (strategies, brand development, STP analysis, Market entry etc), HRM (Org behaviour, HR planning, performance management), operations (supply chain, operations planning and control, resource optimization techniques, TQM, technology management) with an overview of prevailing commercial laws in India. In terms of methodologies, it is more of participative and attending class itself was rich experience. Many of the subjects give real time assignments and encourage students to participate actively in the class, rather than regular monotonous way of education.
Apart from the course content and the methodology, everybody advised me class itself would be the amazing experience. There will be people form diversified domain, background, different work-ex and knowledge sharing and connectivity will be awesome. In fact we will come to know best of the practices across the industries and take back to workplace.
Third, networking and be part of alumni, this itself will create different mind share altogether and give different perspective and participation forum, which can be leveraged upon continuously.
Fourth and very important, we will learn best of the practice from the renowned faculty of IIM-B, which is premier management institute in India. As I wrote earlier, this can be awesome experience having IIMB branding on my profile. Here it goes, I decided that I wanted to try it.
Next was the admin part, which was trivial but necessary to get enroll for the course. Of course, fees and time commitment. My spouse as usual advised me to continue and we can work out modalities which essentially means sacrifice of lot of personal time and huge commitment.
What was not working in favour, I just changed job and move into very demanding role in Wipro. This was huge challenge. However, when I discussed with my boss and shared my intention. He gladly honored the intention and advised me to go for the course. He promised that he would provide me support. In fact the course demand has 4 weeks (1 week each) almost after 1.5 months each, where-in I will be completely away from office. Thankfully my boss and second level manager agreed for the same. Not only that, they were kind enough to guide me what kinda assignments I should do and what to look for. Infact many of the times, I discussed many aspects to them and they were always there guiding me.
Finally after few months of exploration, admin, selection process the course got started in the month of april..after all the dillema, preparation.. as usual I was charged enough with butterflies in the stomach to participate in the course…I still remember 21st April was the day..
closing for the day. Shall write about those interesting months in subsequent blogs.