The dots will eventually connect when you look back – Sujai Sen, IIMA PGPX Class of 2011

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Sujai completed his BE in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University in the year 2000. After stints at J&J and IBM, he joined IIM Ahmedabad for the PGPX program for the year 2010-11. He is now Head of Strategy, CSI ADM at Ericsson, based out of Kolkata

Snippets of our conversation with him

What prompted you to get admitted into an MBA program? 

I had always wanted to understand business in its myriad hues and colors, right from what strategy is and is not, how to decipher the seemingly impossible financial reports and in general understand how companies fail or succeed. Having missed the 2 year bus which stuck out like a sore thumb for many years, I decided to try out the 1 year MBA when it became popular in the early 2000s and since by that time I had significant experience, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to improve my business understanding and analysis.

In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your MBA journey?  

The expected gain has been the learning both in the class and outside of it from both my professors and my friends. The academic rigor gets to you during the initial days but with the advantage of hindsight, I can say it was worth every penny of it.

The most unexpected gain has been internal growth and the confidence as an individual and professional. The courage to take on ambiguous situations with ease and patience and the ability to take a decision considering the different aspects of a problem are the clear by products of this journey.

What is your favorite aspect of campus life and why?

The year was a quite an “inception” like dream and I will cherish each moment all my life. But if I have to single out a favorite aspect, then it has to be the late night / early morning stroll with my syndi mates across the tunnel to RamBhai’s and back….that was super like…J

How do you think life would have been different had you not opted for an MBA?

Life would have been dull to say it in one sentence. The opportunities and the associated challenges that I am asked to solve (and we all are I believe) on a daily basis would not have come my way and I would not have grown richer by experience and would have remained “business blind” all my working life.

Any words of advice for future MBA aspirants?

As the Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, “Life has to be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards”. So, my only word of advice to future aspirants who may (may not) be unsure of whether to take the plunge or not and if it’s all worth it (I am sure there are some horror stories out there from MBA students who may not have gotten what they were looking for from their programs and some pundits who may claim that we need more managers and not MBA’s) at the end, go for it, for it will help you grow as an individual and increase your perspectives manifold and hopefully you will be able to make a dent in the universe. The dots will eventually connect when you look back.

You can connect with me on LinkedIn at https://in.linkedin.com/in/sujaisen

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