Vidit Chaudhary is pursuing my MBA from the Nanyang Business School, Singapore (Class of 2012).
Prior to his MBA, he had a work experience of more than 6 years with top consulting companies.
1. What was your pre-MBA profile?
I come from Management Consulting background and had more than 6 years industry experience before joining the MBA program. As a consultant, I worked with multinational clients from various domains including financials, telecommunications, logistics and chemicals.
2. Why did you decide to do an MBA?
At a point of time in my career, I discovered that a professional degree was absolutely essential to survive in the environment of extreme competition that exists today. Not only was it essential to achieve my short-term goals but also it was absolutely necessary to fulfill my long-term career aspirations.
It was never easy to leave a good job and pursue higher education but now I can proudly say that I took the right decision. So far my experience has been very invigorating as everyday brings new perspectives and learning and hence prepares you for tomorrow.
3. Do you think your choice of B school has been proved correct?
Yes. I truly believe that I took the right decision to join the Nanyang Business School. I believe an MBA is not just about learning from the curriculum but it’s more about learning from the experience of your classmates. No Indian business school could have given me such an enriching global experience. I believe that diversity empowers absolutely everyone. At Nanyang MBA, case based learning is taken to the next level when people from diverse professional backgrounds and more than 20 different nationalities share their opinion and unique approach towards problems.
4. Has the B school experience helped mold your personality?
Yes. An MBA is all about learning and enjoying every moment. It has a transformational impact both personally and professionally. While the strong curriculum all based on case based learning prepares you for the professional career ahead, the global experience really enriches you from inside.
5. If you are asked to pick the 3 best things about your B school, what would those be?
International Experience– I worked with people of only 4 different nationalities before my MBA– now I am in a class with more than 18 nationalities represented. I am learning every moment from everyone around.
Flexible program- Program is very flexible and there are lot of ways that helps choose what I want to learn and how I choose to learn.
Personal interaction with faculty– Small class size facilitates greater interaction with stellar faculty who are all Phd’s from top universities from across the world.
6. Academically, what are the highlights of your curriculum?
16 month program in which I can do a general MBA or an MBA with any specialization or with multiple specializations. I can also do a business study mission and/or a student exchange with partner universities or even a double MBA. Overall, the program is very flexible.
7. Does your B-School offer financial assistance to students? Are there any specific criteria?
We have scholarships (but no loans for international applicants). All scholarships are merit based and usually very competitive.
8. What are placement prospects of your B-School?
Its decent considering there are only around 70+ full time students. Right from the beginning of the program, you get to engage in a lot of networking events, which eventually helps strengthen your network and help you find the right job.
9. What will be your advice to MBA aspirants targeting your B -School?
It’s a very competitive school to get in and so do your best. Always do consider how you can differentiate yourself amongst the strong pool of applicants and what value will you add to the program.
10. And finally, given the current economic slowdown, is this the right time to embark on an MBA programme?
It is the best time to refresh your skills and be prepared for the economic upturn tomorrow. It is important to note that competition becomes even more severe during the slowdown and hence it becomes even more difficult for us to differentiate ourselves. This is where an MBA can come into picture. An MBA will not only upgrade your skills and hence give you a competitive edge but it will also prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow.