MBA is more than placements and high packages. It opens paths to transform several things- Sathish Gopinath- IIMA-PGP-Class of 2015


After obtaining his bachelor’s Degree, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from SSN College of Engineering, Anna University, Satish gained work experience at Cognizant and then joined IIMA in the year 2013. Currently he serves as Solution Principal (BDM) at High Radius

A brief intro on what triggered the MBA decision at that point of time?

 Getting into a strategic / decision making role. 

What were the key tenets of your MBA admission strategy

As a matter of fact,CAT is all about how fast you can think no matter how much pressure is faced at that circumstance. A clear/ calm / stress-less mind performs better than a highly trained but restless mind. That’s the secret sauce. ( This applies for a successful career as well, no matter which field it is- It all boils to how well you can respond and not react). The same applies to interviews. One thing they mainly test is how well the candidate responds under pressure logically and rationally. They do not really test how much database you have up in your brains.

How does the B-school life transform one as an individual? Can you please share your key learnings?

– Gives a bigger picture of life ( perspective changes when you see things from 20000 feet doesn’t it)

– Makes you feel humbled and great at the same time

– Gives you more confidence to fly

– Gives a high ground with multiple opportunities

In your view, what are factors one must consider before embarking on the MBA journey? Aptitude, career aspirations, work experience etc.?

– Any person can crack CAT – All it needs is a trained and calm mind . Everything else is a subset. A self – actualized / calm mind has high aptitude and knows aspirations. Work experience is an advantage because it gives valuable training to the mind in picking up skills and getting a broader perspective.

What would be your advice to future MBA aspirants?

MBA is more than placements and high packages. It opens paths to transform several things. Would be happy if future aspirants do not get lost in a rat race for packages and loose the very essence of the course.

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