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My 10 Reasons for Choosing the Schulich MBA in India Program!

By Mark Sequeira

After working for 3-6 years for a major IT firm like Infosys or a great bank like ICICI, we reach the managerial level and ask ourselves, “What next?”

For me it was a chat with my Chief HR and then my CEO that made me realise that I should go for an MBA degree.

I did my research and went for the Schulich MBA in India program.

“But why this specific MBA?”

If you had asked me this a year ago, I would have told you, “It is one of the best B-Schools in the world and I see my career taking a huge leap after completing the MBA.”

After spending time in both the Mumbai and Toronto campuses, I now have a lot more reasons to add to my list:

  1. 16 months program: As I have already worked for more than 3 years, I understand the importance of my time.
  2. Access to the best faculty in Year One: Schulich gets the best of every department to teach you. So be it Finance with Prof Gordon, Leadership Thinking with Prof Alex or Marketing with Dr. Joshi, you must know that they are the best. You have them dedicated to you for three weeks, which is superb. I would like to mention a quote here: Ask and you shall receive seek and you shall find.
  3. Dual program, so it’s the best of both worlds: An MBA in India for first six months exposes you to a class of 35+ talented men and women who have already worked for more than 2 years. After that, Toronto just makes the whole picture bigger! At the end of my term in India, I:
    • Felt challenged
    • Burnt the midnight oil
    • Was confident with my presentation skills
    • Improved my networking skills – thanks to the guest speakers that Schulich invited

The list is endless.

  1. Activity beyond the classroom:
    • Classes do keep you busy, but for all those interested in football and cricket – we have 2 sporting events each year in India and I would like to mention that we won both of them last year against S. P. Jain!
    • We also hold a case competition – Four members from my class represented our school as a team for this prestigious event called the Prestige Cup! Read about the “The Prestige Cup – Case Competition”.
  2. Supportive senior class & Schulich Alumni: When I wanted guidance so that I could plan ahead, I was glad to get tons of advice and guidance from people who have walked down a similar path. I also got the access to one of the largest networks in the world. All those who have a LinkedIn account, try connecting with Schulich alumni and you will see how supportive they are when it comes to career advice.
  3. Among the top business schools of the world: Around a year ago, this was the most important factor for me. The Economist and many other great business magazines have rated Schulich amongst the top 10 B-Schools and as one of the best in terms of ROI.
  4. Access to the North American education system: Like most of the other people, I was attracted towards the North American education system and the American market.
  5. Supportive peer group: There is a video on YouTube where the Dean speaks about Charmaine Curtis and how she selects every student. When I had my interview, I was convinced that I could trust Schulich with my investment and future based on the kind of questions she asked me. The peer group I got here was amazing and there was so much to learn from them.
  6. “All work and no play makes ‘Mark’ a dull boy”: In addition to sporting events and case competitions, the school arranges timely social events in each term. We had an awesome party when we were done with the first term and then a huge party at the end of second term.
  7. Last but not the least: The supportive administration: Ashwin Joshi, who heads the Schulich MBA in India Program along with Imran Kanga, the Associate Director, have always been there for us in thick and thin.

The majority of Schulich MBA in India Class of 2011 is placed with great jobs. Speak to any one of them and they will give you more reasons to join Schulich. If you don’t believe me, connect with them via LinkedIn, Facebook and do your primary research.

The purpose of writing this article was to help all my friends who are thinking of joining “Schulich”.

Do post your comments below or contact me though LinkedIn or Facebook.

Would love to hear from you,
Mark Sequeira

General Secretary
Schulich Evangelist
MBA Candidate, 2012

Written By Mark Sequeira

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