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In order to get real insight about the MBA admission process at IIM Indore, CoolAvenues.com decided to speak to Anshul Jain about his experience regarding clearing CAT, how to tackle exam, choosing coaching Institute and managing GD, PI and life at IIM Indore post admission.
Anshul Jain is currently pursuing MBA from IIM Indore (batch of 2010-12). He is a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Delhi. Anshul worked for four years with UOP Honeywell soon after completing his B Tech from IIT Delhi. He also represents CoolAvenues as CampusAssociate at IIM Indore.
About Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore
Indian Institute of Management, Indore was established in 1996 as a sixth member to the IIM family. It was set up to cater to the management education needs of central India. Its proximity with the Special Economic Zone around Indore provide the right environment for both giving hands-on experience to the students and enabling the industry to make use of the wealth of management expertise available in the institute.
Q. Can you tell us something about yourself and your pre-MBA qualifications and work-experience?
I did my schooling from Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and B Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, 2006. I always wanted to work in my core field for sometime. Being the Department Topper, I landed up with a job with UOP Honeywell, as a Technical Advisor to Refineries and Petrochemical Plants.
I worked for 4 years at UOP in various roles. I spent over a year at UOP’s Chicago office in Field Operating Services profile and then spent some 6 months in Philippines at client site in Bataan. After that I shifted to design engineering department at UOP’s Gurgaon office and worked for 2.5 years as Subject Expert on Refining Technologies.
Q. Tell us something about your life before and beyond MBA.
Besides work, I love travelling and going places. During my job, I got a chance to visit US 5 times and also stayed there for over a year during which I explored the length and the breadth of the country. I also got a chance to visit some of the beautiful islands of Philippines and visit Singapore too.
I have been born and brought up in Delhi and totally in love with the city. My father is General Manager, Finance in a Navratna PSU and mother is Principal in a government aided school.
Q. Which MBA Institutes and Programmes you identified for your MBA?
I always wanted to study at IIMs and ISB. I had identified IIM A/B/C/L/I/K and ISB Hyderabad for my MBA.
Q. So when did you decide to go for MBA and what was the driving force behind to take this decision?
I used to hear during my undergrad studies that post graduation, after working for 3-4 years in core field, growth prospects saturate and one has to look to MBA to further his career. I had the benefit of able guidance from seniors at IIT D and had decided that I would work for few years before going to a b-school.
However, the driving force came when after working for 2-3 years, I am handling only technical stuff and would love to experience the commercial aspects of this huge Oil and Gas Sector. I knew even if I stayed in my current company, I won’t get a chance to do that for next 10 years also, and need a MBA degree to first gain the skills required and then move to commercial side of things. That became the driving force behind actively seeking a full time MBA program.
Q. Do you feel that your work experience has helped you in getting through the college of your choice?
My profile is quite different from regular IT profile and that might have given me a slight advantage over other candidates.
Q. Has work experience been helpful for you to understand the curriculum in a better way?
Definitely Yes. It has been easier for me to figure out stuff because I had already heard them on the job, especially in HR, IT, Operations courses.
Q. Will an MBA degree add on to your existing career plan or did you decide to switch/start a career in management?
Yes, MBA degree will add on my existing career plan as I look forward to work in field of Energy Risk Management post MBA.
Q. If you have opted for this course for a change in your career track, what made you feel so of changing your career track?
I am well read about the industry I want to pursue my career with and I fully knew that I needed a solid Pre-MBA experience before getting on to my long term goals. A MBA will greatly facilitate and help me shift from technical to commercial aspects of Energy sector.
Q. Do you have a family? If yes, how are you managing the finances to support your family while you are pursuing this course?
Yes, I am married. I have taken bank loan for studies and had enough savings to cover for operating expenses.
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