My First Year Experience’, is a blog series where the current students enrolled in different programs at REVA University share their campus life and academic learning experiences. As such, the blog will try to highlight various aspects of their journey towards building a strong foundation for a successful professional career.Ravi Shekar is currently pursuing his MBA in REVAUniversity. With an aim to make big in the professional world, he shares his campus life, challenges and benefits of doing an MBA and his future career aspirations. Read the blog to know about his journey so far.
After completing B.Tech from a reputed engineering college and working for some time, I felt a need to create more avenues for professional growth and re-structure my career plans. At this point, I decided to take admission in REVA University.
As a qualified engineer, I had worked on various projects and assisted my firm in building client base. After working as a professional for 2 years, I realized a need to accelerate my career graph through a reputed MBA program. Even after having a competitive CAT score I could not secure an IIM seat. However, through subsequent consultation with parents and peers, I realized that not getting into IIMs does not put an end to my management career. It was then that one of my seniors during engineering who was now working with a global consulting firm suggested about REVA University.
MBA at REVA University is an unconventional program designed to suit the requirements of a global industry. It is based on the essentials of academic excellence with industry relevance. Many of our faculties come from senior positions in top organizations to share with us their knowledge and global experience. Few days back we had an interactive session with Sampath Iyengar, personality development and motivational speaker. Through the unique blend of International and Indian case studies in each module we are exposed to the best business practices of both the worlds.
Each course has 56 contact hours, which is taught over 4 months. Usually two specializations are run simultaneously. Classes are scheduled on weekdays usually from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. We have around 6-7 courses in a trimester.
Our Vice Chancellor, Prof. V.G. Talawar, is very keen on academic rigor and overall personality development of students. So, all academic and non-academic activities are scheduled in such a way that both provide equal opportunity of participation for experiential learning. To relate our academic learning with practical implementation in industry there are frequent business simulation exercises to get specialized knowledge of various functional areas of management. Several student driven clubs also provide a good platform to hone managerial skills. For e.g., by being a member of our cultural club and sports club, I have learnt significant interpersonal and cross cultural skills.
During the first year at REVA, the program has helped me to communicate better by developing my communication skills. Earlier during studying and working, I was interacting with a homogenous set of people from mainly single stream i.e. engineering. However, while studying at REVA I am getting a completely fresh perspective on every topic by people with diverse educational backgrounds. Reliving my initial months during the program, I will say that the campus life at REVA makes sure that we get enough breaks from the stressful time during each module. Besides academics, we also have incredible fun while enjoying extra-curricular activities.
In hindsight, I’d say that the best year in my life till now has been the time spent here so far during which I have made some wonderful friends and created moments to cherish. And I am ever grateful to the University for providing space and opportunity to do so.
Lastly, I would say that for anyone trying to follow his dreams, the credo should be to believe in yourself and just try to be the best in your chosen area of interest.