What's your work professional background?
After completing my Masters in Computer Science in India, I started working for an IT firm. I was given an opportunity to come to Japan to work for one of our clients – a financial firm. I started out as a software professional and have been working at my current job for more than 15 years. One of my primary responsibilities as a business analyst and project manager is to coordinate between multiple groups located in different countries. I analyze the systems or applications used by our traders to understand the bottlenecks or limitations and then get the required changes completed by our development teams worldwide.
What do you like best about studying at GLOBIS?
One of the best things about GLOBIS is the Pre-MBA program. It gives students a chance to get a real feel of the MBA program without actually committing to it. Students can learn at their own pace by registering for a single course, or as many courses as they like.
The professors are industry experts with distinguished profiles. So, students always get answers that are realistic and based on corporate experience. The courses focus on practical knowledge rather than theoretical, which makes it easy to understand and helps with the application of knowledge to work and life.
Since starting your MBA program, have you had an opportunity to apply what you learned at work?
Courses like Facilitation & Negotiation help me in my work, as these are directly related to my job. I can apply the techniques learned through the coursework to get the required results from my team members.
I work in the technology division and, although courses related to accounting and finance are not directly connected to my work, they help me get a better understanding of my industry’s business and environment. What can you tell me about the other students in the program?
The student group at GLOBIS is really diverse, extremely enthusiastic, very friendly, and helpful. We come from different countries, with different educational backgrounds, and work in different sectors. So, we have a lot of different opinions and perspectives on the same topic, which makes the class discussions all the more interesting and enriching.
What advice would you give to potential prospects who are interested in taking the GLOBIS MBA/Pre-MBA?
I would strongly advise prospective students to go for Pre-MBA to get into the study routine required for the program. The courses can be demanding and the assignments challenging, especially for students like me who have been out of school for a long time. So, you should be ready to devote several hours each week apart from class time to get a good hold on the coursework.