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5 Things Freshers must do before MBA ft. Tarun Anand, (Ex MD & CEO Thomson Reuters, UBS Mumbai)
May 15 2024

In this video the alumni of SP Jain, Mumbai Mr. Tarun Anand gives a description of what an ideal MBA fresher should do in their stint at their b-school for best outcome and make most of this opportunity. 

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We live in a world of acceleration and change. So in this age of upheaval, entering into business requires building of fast and big organizations with disciplined yet empowering institutions. Organizations that are functionally oxymoron i.e. efficient yet entrepreneurial, Bold yet prudent etc.

Here are the top 3 things to do to make the most out of your corporate journey beginning from your b-school:

  1. Take Risks. Try and be bold to take risks in your life. Take that leap of faith and zoom to the top. This will build your risk muscle, you need to do more mistakes by taking more risks and fail often for failure builds amazing risk muscle. Success is not for playing safe but playing to win, winning those tough times that comes in the way. Change your perspective of tough times by saying “I am having fun.” And you will witness magic happening. With every failure ask yourself what did you learn and how could you do it better/differently.
  2. Think long and Think big. Very commonly we tend to look at our next position when planning for upheaval, this shows how limited our vision is. We need to think long and think big and then go backwards in order to plan or develop the curiosity and hunger to learn, excel, perform your goal. So think a long game, go backwards ad then ACT.
  3. Pitches win Matches. It is a required skill to develop an amazing pitch for yourself. Your career is a function of how you create magic. How to rate magic in career? It is done by working with amazing people around you, your peers, mentors, personalities etc. And how will they work with you is when you develop a killer pitch for yourself that pays you great opportunities.

Academically:

  • Focus on Core Skills: While B-school offers a diverse range of courses, solidify your foundation in core business subjects like finance, accounting, marketing, and operations.
  • Develop Critical Thinking: Don't just memorize facts; learn to analyze situations, think critically, and solve problems creatively. Case studies and group projects are excellent opportunities for this.
  • Develop Communication Skills: Hone your written and verbal communication skills. Effective communication is crucial for success in any business role.
  • Go Beyond the Books: Look for opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Attend guest lectures, workshops, and industry events.

Network and Build Relationships:

  • Professors: Build relationships with your professors. They can be valuable mentors and provide guidance throughout your career.
  • Peers: Your classmates are your future colleagues. Network with them, build friendships, and learn from each other's experiences.
  • Alumni Network: Tap into your B-school's alumni network. Alumni can offer career advice, mentorship, and potential job opportunities.

Career Exploration and Development:

  • Self-Assessment: Reflect on your strengths, interests, and career aspirations. Identify what kind of role and industry you'd like to be in. B-school career services can offer guidance with this.
  • Research Companies: Research potential employers you'd like to work for. Understand their culture, values, and career paths they offer.
  • Refine Your Resume and Cover Letter: Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight relevant skills and experiences for specific job applications.
  • Prepare for Interviews: Practice your soft skills and prepare for common interview questions.

Gain Practical Experience:

  • Internships: Pursue internships that align with your career goals. Internships provide valuable hands-on experience and help you network within a company.
  • Live Projects: Many B-schools offer opportunities to work on real-world projects with companies. These projects can give you valuable insights into the corporate world.
  • Industry Competitions: Participate in business case competitions or hackathons. These can help you develop problem-solving skills, teamwork, and showcase your talent to potential employers.

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