Jul
13

Become a Better Distance Learner to Make The Most Out of Online Learning

To prepare yourself for unseen future challenges and ensure continuity of your learning, you need to constantly reinvent yourself and master the hack of handling distance learning that’ll allow you to continue your education from home.” – Akshay Dogra, Batch 2020 – 22

Just like any other college student, entering my MBA education, even in a virtual mode, is quite exciting for me. My first day experience of an online Orientation Programme itself added new meaning to the start of my higher education journey at FIIB. I had so many emotions running through me and was all excited.

Honestly, just a couple of weeks of my foundation classes in the virtual mode have already made me utilize the multiple online communication channels such as e-mail, online chat and video conferencing to connect with my batchmates and lecturers. It really amazes me how smoothly I am able to  continue my education even in a pandemic-stricken environment. The only slip point for me was when my computer crashed. Other than that my experience with online classes has been a rewarding and wonderful  learning experience.

However, one important thing that I’ve learnt about online learning from my experience so far is that to be a successful distance learner you have to be self-disciplined and be able to work well on your own. Following a time-table to ensure a timely presence in all the lectures and take active participation in all the planned activities requires you to be self-motivated and self-driven.

The fact that I don’t need to physically go to the institute everyday and that I can take part in my classes from the comfort of my home has helped me have a better grip on my time and efforts and somewhere allowed me to become a better learner.

#RealFact – It’s not just education systems that need to evolve according to the changing situations, students also need to adapt their learning agility effectively to become better learners.

Jul
07

Convert Your (Increased) Work Responsibilities Into Opportunities!

The corporate world changes with every passing day. With one blink of an eye, the entire decision-making process takes a new direction and comes out with surprises that have several layers to it. In such a storm of fast decisions and delegation of job responsibilities, it becomes very crucial for the employees to increase their employability right away! 


No doubt that this pandemic has prompted individuals to relook at their existing expertise, work ethics, strategy building potential, communication skills and their ability to stretch themselves parallelly with unpredictable work pressure. The ‘new normal’ will demand more, will stress one more and will frequently push an employee beyond expectations. In fact, this is the right time for employees across the world to make the most of their added job responsibilities and pave way to new opportunities that will take them to the next level of their career. Here is a quick-map on what one can do to flip job load into positive pressure through which well….diamonds form!

Have a macro view of the picture

This is no curse or fate is not playing with your share of relaxation quotient. This is, in fact, an opportunity which you must grab and keep in your possession as long as possible. This is because they are small stepping stones of your growth that will not only hone your managerial skills but also will give you an edge over others. 

Step up in a stressful situation and take responsibilities to make it better

Corporate responsibilities can toss one off balance. But, regaining the balance and maintaining it while achieving the organizational goals is what stands out from the crowd. If people can rely on you then it is a big plus. The credibility of your current job designation not only increases but also gaining trust becomes simple. Organizations care about meeting deadlines and work targets, so why not step up in such scenarios and live up to your commitments that you once made during your interview with the organization? 

Make yourself worthy 

It might sound scary, but how about you taking up the responsibility to manage the most crucial clients in your organization? Well, you have to step out of your comfort zone in order to be one of the most recognized names of your organization. Try to deliver the tasks that involve your manager directly. Try to revolve around roles that will take you closer to promotion. 

Extend your helping hand

We all struggle at some point of time or the other. In case you will see your teammate struggling, go and help the person. Be sure that your contribution and attitude to help your team/workmates will be noticed. There will be a time when your team will trust you and this will open your ways for leadership. 

Introduce solutions

Motivational speeches alone will not drive the team ahead. If you see your team struggling, then bring in as many solutions and as frequently possible. This will not only make you exercise your brain better but also will take you closer to leadership. 

Seek knowledge and expand your network

Connection breed opportunities. The more frequently you will take work charge with your team or with diverse teams, you will not only meet new people but also will get a new perception of getting things done. This will polish your existing skills and will multiply your knowledge to become a better corporate version of your current self. 

The better version of yourself will demand you to work an extra mile and sometimes a few extra miles within a very short span of time, it is just that winners do not perform different things, they person things differently  and this is what we require in modern management.

Jul
06

Blended Learning and Blended Teaching: The New Normal of the Education World

2020 so far has indeed been a revolutionary year in the world of education. A year where higher education entities are going deeper into the teach-from-home model to ensure uninterruptible learning for its students amid pandemic crisis. And, of course a year that has also opened new doors of learning for educators themselves who are keenly adapting some of the basics of teaching to get through this pandemic. 

Being a higher-educational institution, FIIB is also preparing for the New Normal world that demands blended curriculums and pedagogies to deliver blended learning. While a lot of people are focusing more on the tactics of online teaching, we at FIIB, on the other hand, put all our efforts on online learning – for our teachers as well as students. FIIB has been able to successfully incorporate blended learning into its curriculum that promotes active, student-centered, experiential learning. 

In the New Normal Education World, the allure of technology-based learning environments has pushed many institutions to go beyond their traditional approaches and invest their resources to incorporate technology into their classrooms. In doing so, however, FIIB has taken a more balanced approach to reflect on the need-of-hour i.e. blended learning,  to strategically look at how the available tech-resources can be of used effectively to fulfill the promises made to each of its stakeholder groups. 

As it is said that one should keep a determined eye on the purpose, even when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction. FIIB has been doing whatever it takes – from opting for technology-based learning solutions to teaching in a blended format – to fulfill its purpose that students continue to learn.

Jul
06

Community Resilience is the Key to the Future. Here’s how FIIB is Unlocking it during the Time of Crisis!

The global crisis has dramatically changed the way higher education space has operated in the last few months. While gearing up for an online learning edu-force hasn’t been the easiest of the paths, going back to the fundamentals and creating a sense of community is what led FIIB to positively cater to the needs of each of its stakeholder groups even in these times of crisis. 

From keeping students active and engaged virtually with the campus life, to driving meaningful learning opportunities that further their career-growth, to organizing social events that strengthen our network with the wider academic community – FIIB has been on a unstoppable roller-coaster ride that has helped the RACERS community to move forward despite an extraordinary situation like global pandemic. 

Enabling Online Learning & Mentoring for students’ well-being

Being a provider of education, giving students a sense of normalcy and togetherness is the utmost priority in times like now. From virtual classroom to digital mentor-mentee sessions, nearly every student activity has been transitioned online so that students don’t miss anything, instead they make most of the New Normal MBA opportunities. 

Engaging with Alumni to Plan the Time Ahead

FIIB Alumni Cell introduced FIIB&YOU 2.0, an initiative to plan for the future with the extended community of FIIB aka Alumni. As FIIB community recently celebrated the 25 years anniversary, we used the occasion to strike meaningful conversations about planning for the future through Racers Cafe, the Alumni Advisory Committee, taking this as the right time to get connected, share ideas, and actively plan for continuing to deliver excellence in the next 25 years. 

Encouraging Research Amid Humanitarian Crisis 
FIIB Business Review initiated a dialogue between management practitioners, researchers and academicians in trying to find a way to address the current situation and help the management education fraternity to come up with solutions through the International Digital Conference-Editors Meet held on 2nd June 2020. The event was open to academicians, publishers, industry practitioners and early and advanced stage scholars. More than 300 participants from 18 countries participated in the meet which was a rich and engaging discussion for over 3 hours. Check out the entire Editor’s Digital Meet here.

Jul
06

FIIB sets the trend in celebrating the New Normal Convocation!

Hundreds of dreams came true at FIIB last month amid the chaos of global pandemic – and the best part is that they all were celebrated like never before. The college celebrated its students’ achievements and hard work through a virtual convocation ceremony streamed from the campus into the homes of the graduates. 

For the first time in FIIB’s history, graduating Racers attended the convocation ceremony with their entire families and friends right from their homes. Continuing the tradition of Diploma walk, something that signifies a sense of pride and achievement for the graduating class, FIIB provided students with the opportunity to receive their diplomas from the very first teacher of their life i.e. their parents. The virtual receipt of diplomas indeed served as a heart-warming session that uplifted the spirits of FIIB Racers while they’re about to embark on the next chapter of their journey. 

(Virtual Diploma Walk by FIIB Class of 2020)

Going forward, the graduating class of 2020 had an insightful virtual interaction with Mr. Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director – Twitter India, whio not only unraveled the secrets of leadership in the times of crisis but also inspired the future leader-managers to break beyond the pitfalls of pessimism, to buckle up and keep moving forward, no matter what the circumstances. 

(Mr. Manish Maheshwari Student Address at FIIB’s 24th Convocation

In addition to many of the usual convocation activities, the Spirit Committee of FIIB took the virtual space to engage with the graduating class in a more engaging and entertaining way – allowing them to have conversations on a community level through break out rooms. Students also received video greetings from their beloved faculty and staff members that provided them with a sense of happiness and fulfilment. along with a commitment of getting lifelong support and guidance from their alma mater.  

Jul
02

5 Things To Do When You Are Overwhelmed at Work

Work is worship, but too much work can act like the tightest knot around your neck! When you are overloaded and overwhelmed with work, it is natural to feel suffocated and become unproductive. The constant stress to complete the task list hovers over the head and that makes everything just even messier.

Dear work warrior, are you being able to relate to this? If that is a yes I get, then let me tell you that you are not alone in this. Every single day, a massive number of people put their nose to the grindstone even after they have way too much to balance on their plates. But every cloud has a silver lining and every situation comes with a scope of fine-tuning. So, next time you feel ‘too much work’ take a break and then continue to work to the best of your abilities. You can try a couple of the below-given strategies to have a better start of your to-do list:

Accept your situation and then walk up to someone to voice the fact that you need help:

No one is Superman in real life. Everyone requires some motivation, some help and few pushes to walk in the right direction to get their work done. One must not shy away to seek help as that is the very first step towards recovery from work pressure. Denying that you are overwhelmed with work will only push the situation deeper and will cause greater trouble ultimately. So it is wise to flip the situation before it toys off your balance.  

Have a clear plan based on which you can prioritize your work one at a time:

During the opening hours at work it is crucial for you to decide which tasks to take up first and which one to take up next. This way, you will have the clarity of direction to follow. Having a clear plan will not only ward off stress but also will make sure that all the crucial tasks get accomplished. 

It is crucial for you to take a break during the day:

Be it for a short walk or for tea, breaking from work a few times a day will only motivate you better to work while cutting down your stress eventually. You can go for a walk, can close your eyes and forget the world, can catch up with your go-to office mate or can simply do nothing at all for just a while. This will rejuvenate you and will bring out a significant output from you. Some people think that taking a break will hamper the workflow but it is just the opposite! Time to try this out.

Outside work, refresh yourself with what you like the most: 

NIs it music or online window shopping? Or is it surfing the latest video games or something else? Whatever it is, you have the rights to take a quick break to do that. If you will give time to what you like the most, then it will not only refresh your mind but also keeps you prepared for work the next day. Working for long hours with the intention to chalk out things from the task list will only decay your passion for life and new good things. That will eventually shackle your professional spirit as well which might ultimately tarnish your professional reputation. So better do what you like for a few minutes in between work and after work.

Simply believe, develop your focus and be positive:

No doubt that we feel pressured because of having a never-ending to-do list at work. Added to this, if you have an employer who expects a lot from you then the stress level automatically increases. In such a situation, you are required to simply believe yourself that no matter what, you can make it in small yet progressive steps. You use the above-given ideas to track yourself back for your goals. Above all, you are required to be positive and must always remember that you have to take care of yourself in order to make every other thing fall in place. Breathe in and then breathe out a few times whenever you find yourself in a challenging situation and the make of every day. Happy Living!

Jul
01

FIIB MBA Class of 2020 Charting Their Career Paths In Corporate Workforce

Finding worthwhile career opportunities amid a pandemic crisis is an uphill task, but the future leader-managers of FIIB MBA Program continue to find ways to kickstart their career tracks and fulfill their long-term career goals.

Our recently graduated batch of #FIIBRacers is nothing but a true reflection of the saying, “if there is a will, there is a way”. Here are some shinning examples:

  • Ashish Kumar Yadav accepted a position as Tax Consultant at Deloitte.
  • Rajaganapathy M S was appointed Business Development Associate at BYJU’S.
  • Deepak Kumar Mahto, Md Asaf, Chandan Kumar, Sonal Shrishty, Sayan Mitra and Rama Shankar Thakur started their careers with ICICI Bank as a Management Trainees.
  • Abhishek Kumar Singh was selected as a Sales Trainee at ITC Ltd.
  • Siddharth Singh and Garv Narula appointed as Sales Management Associates at Bajaj Electricals Ltd.  
  • Shweta Singh appointed as Station Manager at Delhivery.
  • Kanika Purwaha started her corporate journey with EVC Ventures as an Account Development Consultant.
  • Payas Maheshwari was selected as a Management Trainee at Wipro.
  • Anshika Bhatnagar accepted a position of Sr. Executive-Corporate Sales at Naukri.com
  • Anjali Vashisth, Aprajita Sharma, Mohit Aggarwal, Manish Chhattani and Mrinali Jain were appointed as Senior Executives at OYO Rooms.
  • Rishi Motwani, Harshit Kaur Rissam and Yash Rastogi appointed as Relationship Managers at HDFC.
  • Liza Kumar and Arushi Rajput started their career journeys with  Moody’s as Analyst.
  • Rohit Kumar and Swapnaneel Kashyap accepted positions of Business Trainees at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
  • Jinshu Joseph John, Kartik Yadav, Shreyansh Nahata, Aritra Banerjee, Rashmi Yadav and Suryanshi Pathak were selected as Key Account Executives at PhonePe.
  • Sandeep and Anmol Arora accepted positions of  Career Development Managers at Hike Education.
  • Chirag Saxena started his professional journey as SCM Executive with Bolloré Logistics.
  • Tripta Goel and Vaibhav Jain are currently bringing their sales techniques from MBA classroom into action to increase Kyocera Document Solutions India presence in the market and generate meaningful leads as Associate Territory Sales Incharge.
  • Vikram Rathore accepted a position of Sales Representative at TeamViewer.
  • Shivika Bishnoi, Nupur Jain and Deepali Jain were selected as Financial Analysts at XL Dynamics India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Vijeta Verma started the corporate journey with Business Standard as a Management Trainee.
  • Rohit Thakur started his corporate journey with ABP News Network as Management Trainee – Ad Traffic.
  • Chetna Mahajan and Mrinal Rawat accepted positions of Senior Executive Sales at Gupshup Technologies.
  • Akash Chaubey and Taran Singh were selected in Asian Paints as Sales Officers.
  • Akshay Sharma and Sahil Katyal started their career journey with MRF Tyres as Frontline Sales Executives.

Not only this, The entire FIIB Class of 2020 showcased great enthusiasm and spirit during their two-years of MBA journey and as a result are working in renowned MNCs and Startups at present. 

What our students are saying about the FIIB MBA Program:

FIIB offers many career-preparatory opportunities to its students that introduce every student to their best version,” says Anshika Bhatnagar’ 20 MBA. “The sense of accountability that any student should have in their college life is something that FIIB imparted in each one of us way before our actual career-ride begins” 

“This place has changed me a lot in the last two years. Now, I count networking and initiating conversation as my biggest strengths,” says Rishi Motwani’ 20 MBA. “The UAE trip was indeed a moving experience that added much-needed social values to my individual self and helped me understand the roles of various cultures in building a complex society.” 

“FIIB offers many opportunities for the students by exposing them to various Guest Lectures as well as Conclaves and makes them confident enough by imparting knowledge and awareness,” says Chetna Mahajan’ 20 MBA.

Jun
27

Dedication blended with a constant will to learn. This is how Ravi defines success in life!

Management students strive to attain the ability to set any situation right and make the most out of the opportunities it provides. Ravi Virwani stood true to his aspirations and made the most of the opportunities that came his way and continued to build on them and how!

He believes that someone’s presence in the office does not hold any value if that person is not productive. This belief has egged him to rediscover and recreate himself through new skills and ideas, and in a way also helped him stay alert in every step of his corporate journey.

His Journey with FIIB:

“I really enjoyed my journey in FIIB as I relished the all-round conditioning I got before stepping into the corporate world. The batchmates, the professors, the regulations that were to be followed, all were good. I also got a good dose of experiential learning exposure through some brilliant case studies. It taught me how to solve problems in a scientific way. Added to this, of course being in Delhi, I got the opportunity to attend several conferences beyond the college campus. This helped me closely observe and understand the world beyond the four walls of the classroom.”

Early Corporate Life 

“I was very happy to get my first job in ICICI Bank at their corporate office. It was a good stepping stone and being there gave me a good macro view of almost every financial situation. I learnt things from many angles that probably provided me a far better understanding than my peers, so yes the exposure added significantly to my learning curve”

Fast forward to the current day, he is in the designation where he shoulders the responsibilities of building affordable housing finance portfolios for his company with a vision of ‘Customer First’

His point of view on COVID 19

“One requires to show his/her worth during such times. Coming to the office to show your face and not doing any work doesn’t take anybody ahead in life anyways. Relevant skill sets and one’s contribution to the profits of the organization is what will count even more from now on. Upskilling will provide growth for sure and the future corporate personalities must start adapting to this as quickly as they can. This was from an individual point of view. 

From the organizational point of view, being agile is paramount and companies must look at and adapt new ways to work. Organizations must also accept new behavioral changes in customers, individuals and as well as in employees. This is something that all of us will be required to take care of in the coming future. People will have to adapt according to the environment.”

This was Ravi and his words of wisdom for you. In case you too have a story, please send it at: alumni@fiib.edu.in

Jun
27

A dash of optimism with the bash of determination. This is Navneet Diwaker for you.

The corporate world is a tricky place to be in, one wrong move and all of one’s efforts can go down to the dust. It therefore requires everlasting smart work, dedicated focus on the outcomes and some practical doses of optimism to sail through the harshest of the tides.

Let us know more about Navneet and about his journey so far in the corporate world.

His journey with FIIB 

“I got admission in FIIB on a scholarship and I was from a science background. It was altogether a new world for me as I came from a small town in MP. My classmates were from different states,  cultural backgrounds, lifestyle and eating habits. The faculty was top class with a rich educational and corporate background.”

His fondest memories of FIIB 

“My fondest memory is of the campus itself. Me and my batchmates used to call our campus mini Switzerland. It was lush green, we used to play cricket matches and used to grab tasty bites from the ‘Chachu’s canteen’. I also often fondly recollect the memories of working till midnight, and the last day project report completion and submissions with my group members.” 

The journey afterwards

“I graduated from FIIB during the times of market recession. I was unsure, also scared, that I will not get a job. During my PGDM, I used to visualize myself as the MD of an MNC but the ground reality was quite different. 

My first job was as an Area Manager with a FMCG Company, Victoria Foods Pvt Ltd. I was assigned to Mumbai so I relocated there. After one year I joined a Logistic Company as a Territory Manager to handle Corporate Sales in the South Mumbai region. I served there for 2 years and also got a promotion. Time flew and I worked in the best organizations and in the best of job profiles and designations. 

Fast forward to today, I have started my own venture in HR as a Corporate Placement Consultant. Today I run multiple businesses and apart from the consultancy, I also run a co-sharing workspace place. I am also exploring the possibility of expanding this new venture in multi locations. Maybe this is what we were trained well for in FIIB, to become entrepreneurs and finally getting connected to the purpose of pursuing management studies.”

Challenges faced in the beginning of his corporate journey

“My communication skills were still developing, I was seeking clarity on corporate culture, I  faced geographical problems in Mumbai and due to global recession and lack of job availability, companies were preferring experienced candidates.

During all this,  I was optimistic and moreover I did not have a choice but to perform. I constantly developed my communication skills, enhanced my domain knowledge and walked extra miles to deliver the desired output to my organization.”  

His management style is graceful and something which we all prefer to have.

“Earlier I used to have an autocratic style of leadership. I was upfront and bold. Now my style is a little diplomatic. I don’t believe in output orientation, I believe in systems and processes. I follow the basics of business with continuous innovation. Gone are the days of bossing around. Now you have to be employee friendly.”

To wrap up the interaction, he came up with some suggestions for the FIIB students who are on the path to become future corporate leaders.

“Enhance your domain knowledge. Become tech-friendly. Forget your past failures. Become data centric. Don’t get impressed with personalities. Always do the WHY analysis – whenever things are not working out – ask ‘why’ 5 times to yourself and you will realize that something is missing that you require to overcome in order to get what you want.”

It was quite an inspirational experience to hear Navneet’s story. FIIB wishes him the best for his future endeavours! 

Have a story you want to share with us? Get in touch with us on alumni@fiib.edu.in

Jun
27

It does not matter where you come from, what matters is where you want to be!

The best combination of success is honesty and team responsibility, and the best deed is ‘faith in self’. Sanjay Kalirona tells us how…

Faith is a beautiful thing. It makes things possible, especially when the faith is in the self, one achieves great heights of success. Mr.Sanjay Kalirona, despite  coming from a background that is nowhere related to business dynamics, walked up to be the CEO of Gizmore and Tyoon. 

His Journey with FIIB:

“It was wonderful to be a part of FIIB and it continues to be so. I have every reason to be grateful to the institution for making me who I am today. They say no matter how tall a tree is if the roots are not grounded enough any low-velocity storm can wipe it off the soil. I have a success story and this was possible only because FIIB stood by me throughout those two years and helped me to stand strong after every turmoil that I had regarding studies, myself, or during choosing a career.”

Well, Mr. Sanjay expressed that because he was a hardcore science student, he was not really aware of management until he decided to take admission in FIIB. He says “I knew a lot about science and was almost sure to have a career in it, but something in me pushed me to take up management at FIIB. There I learnt the ABCs of business and here I am in a reputed position, still carrying the lessons that I learnt in FIIB to maintain my professionalism better than my competitors. I am not only a better human today  but also I have the ability to face any trouble or unfavourable situation way better than earlier.” 

Mr. Sanjay has seen his father taking active participation in bringing out the best results of his hard work both on a metaphorical and on a tangible note. He says “My father is a farmer and has no direct connection with the cutthroat world of business. When I see myself today, I witness a successful businessman who was expected to walk the same path as his father did only because people did not expect me to have a strong mindset and business acumen. But a farmer’s son can be a successful businessman too and how”.

Early Corporate Life 

Talking a bit about his career, he says that “It was 1999 when I had joined Intex as a Sales ExecutiveIt was very challenging and exciting to travel and to meet new people, to discover different mindsets and to pull them in my favor to invest in Intex. Time passed and I learnt the importance of different techniques and approaches of selling a product. Today, I am the CEO at Gizmore and Tyoon and with god’s grace, I am doing good.”

He is graceful and handles challenges in an upright way “Well, there will be tough times in life and they will make you doubt your worth. Let these thoughts slide away as the mind always plays tricks with you during tough times. Just make sure you are honest even during your lowest phase and listen to others carefully before making a decision. Build relations and once you are a team lead, take every responsibility for your teammates well. Remember that we are one and this is the greatest lesson in life. Next is that one must take risks to grow. Simple as that. I wish everyone a bright future ahead. Never stop learning and always be grateful for what you have.”
This was Mr.Kalirona for you, motivating you in the best ways possible while making you aware of the basics that will take your career to the next level. In case you too have a story, please send it at: alumni@fiib.edu.in

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