What is your professional/educational background?
When I was an undergraduate, one of my friends approached me to start a travel business with him. I co-founded the travel company in 2014 and was involved in its marketing. After graduating with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, I also started working with a company that manufactures components for automobile and oil engine OEMs. I spent two years at this company and got an opportunity to enhance my technical knowledge of manufacturing.
Why did you decide to do an MBA at GLOBIS?
After spending some time working, I realized learning just out of experience is not enough. During work, I encountered many problems and situations wherein I felt the need to know more to be able to deal with the situations in better ways. That was when I began considering an MBA.
I was quite keen to do it in Japan, as I realized that most of the management practices in production come from Japan. Honestly, after meeting with the staff and some students, I felt GLOBIS was very welcoming. It was very diverse in terms of people and I liked the friendly atmosphere. I then also had a work with current students and some alumni, read a lot about GLOBIS, and then I confirmed the admission and decided to go with GLOBIS.
How are you finding life in Japan?
Life is Japan is simply amazing, to keep it short and simple. I initially had the perception of a language barrier, but the ‘more than willing to help’ attitude of the people here never really made me feel the barrier. I now have a great social life here with my amazing classmates and I have also managed to make good friends with people where I live.
What can you tell me about the other students in the program?
I think my classmates have played a phenomenal role in my learning. The GLOBIS way of case study discussions allows people from different countries, different academic and work backgrounds, different age groups, and different experiences to analyze the same case and then give their opinions. They have helped me broaden my perspectives and enabled me to think in ways I never thought before.
What are your plans after the MBA? Do you intend to stay in the same industry or pivot your career?
One of the best things of GLOBIS MBA would be the emphasis on kokorozashi, i.e. personal mission. When I was asked to think about my personal mission on the very first day, that was when I actually began giving it serious thoughts.
After three months, I realized I liked strategy.. I then took more interest in subjects related to strategy and operations. So, after MBA, I would like to find work in Japan doing consultancy.
What advice would you give to potential prospects who are interested in taking the GLOBIS MBA?
For prospects, I would advise you to take the help of the very cooperative GLOBIS staff members and get all the information about courses. This will help you customize the course by picking up pertinent subjects that interest you and can further your personal development.