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Sep
02

The Road to Sustainable Career Comes with Twists and Turns

Why did you choose a career in International Business? Describe your journey.

“The world was changing rapidly, International Business was on a rocket pace, and India was the centre of this boom. The best of the opportunities in business were within our reach with a knack in Logistics and IB, I was a starry eyed kid who wanted to build a career that sustains long, I had chosen IB and now I had to choose the right place that could teach me – FIIB was one of the few institutes that focussed on IB and had a niche in training young managers in the trends surfacing.  It was my first choice and BOOM – my hunger for logistics meets the people who are well versed with the job trends in IB. My interest deepened after meeting my then, WTO Professor Panda who opened our eyes and mind to the real world. I did my summer internship at Transport Corporation of India (TCI) – which is when I got really fascinated with cargo industry.”

What were your expectations from your career, did they differ from reality?

“After my internship, I got placed in TCI in international division, my work took me to different cities in India like Mumbai and Pune and countries like France and Spain – I worked with 13 companies like New Globe Logistiks, Delphy, Michelin Tires, Asia Motor Works, Tata Motors, Eicher in my 13 years of career. I’ve handled responsibilities in logistics, supply chain, procuring, and international business.  There were rough turns, there were smooth slopes – but it was exciting. As I started with ground work right from assembly lines, I learned the ins and outs of operational processes which later helped me to grow and handle a team of 7 people. There was not even a moment to catch up, so immense was the learning. There were times when I stayed late at work, when it was difficult to adjust to the pace and amount of work, and work-life balance only came after practice. Did my expectations differ from reality? Yes, but did they turn out much better – Yes to that too!“

“…if the alma mater does well, it benefits alumni too as the B-School has a positive effect on our career paths”

What fond memories did your visit to FIIB awaken?

“After graduating from FIIB, life’s been a whirlwind, I am now taking a break from my career to think things through and make a career move that’s going to take me to Hongkong. Although, I’ve been connected virtually with people at FIIB, this visit took me back to the times I passed these walls as a student. I remember our silly fights in class, those eye opening lectures, the study sprints just before exams, and the pride of  wearing graduation caps. There’s so much that has changed. FIIB as a B-School has evolved much bigger and I see people who recognise my almamater when I talk about it. FIIB has always been an institute that is ahead of the market trends, that has remained constant. I think if the alma mater does well, it benefits alumni too as the B-School has a positive effect on our career paths. I have been inactive on my alumni groups for a while, this trip made me ping my friends and ask for a reunion at FIIB!”

“FIIB is the launch pad, and it’s up to you to rocket out to the world of work. You’ll love every moment of it!”

What advice would you offer to students who take #NoHypeMBA at FIIB?

“You will need the know-how and skills of your domain to make it big in the corporate world – An MBA at FIIB will help you with that. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to the world and quickly adapt to what’s new in the industry. Get smarter with learning, leverage tech wherever you can and that corporate internship you’d spend your entire summer on – make the most of it. Remember, FIIB is the launch pad, and it’s up to you to rocket out to the world of work. You’ll love every moment of it!”

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