one has to plan the decision of which B-school to go in for very carefully, and align it with one’s ambitions-Ashima Wadhawan-NUS Singapore

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Q1. Name
Ashima Wadhawan

Q5. Email ID
ashima@u.nus.edu
Q3. MBA College
NUS Business School, Singapore
Q4. Year of Passing
2015
Q5. Email ID
ashima@u.nus.edu
Q6. A brief intro on what triggered the MBA decision?
I have a total work experience of 7 years, out of which 5 have been in the capacity of a Generalist HR Manager in
trading/manufacturing and education industries in Nigeria, West Africa. I discovered my calling in the area of HR only after I had started working in this function. I knew that this is where I want to grow as a professional, so after developing a good foundation, I decided to invest in honing my technical skills and get updated on the latest trends in this area. This was when I decided to go in for an MBA.

Q7. How was the MBA experience, both as a student and as a professional ? What were the key learnings?

My MBA experience has just began, since I’m only in the first semester now. But since I have done an MBA from India as well combined with what I have learnt from my interactions with the senior batch, I can already make a comparison and highlight the key differences. As a student coming from the Indian method of delivering education, the biggest change is the focus on application and not just imparting theoretical knowledge. A lot of weightage is given to inter-cultural interactions and group work – giving one the experience of a real life MNC set up. Secondly, the relationship between professors and students is much more cordial and you even see professors taking the class out for drinks etc – highlighting a very healthy environment for two way dialogue. The biggest learning is that although the academic calendar is fixed up, the kind of experience one has

Q8. Your views on the current scenario? Where does the MBA stand in the wake of new opportunities in the education space?

The international MBA still holds value, specially now that the impacts of the GFC are starting to correct. However, one has to plan the decision of which B-school to go in for very carefully, and align it with one’s ambitions – some are world renowned and some are more popular regionally; some are very expensive and others not so much; some focus on finance while some on operations and others on entrepreneurship; some look for diversity while others prefer local applicants…overall, one should already have a somewhat clear idea of what to expect (location, salary, profile) after the MBA, before even beginning it. The MBA itself, will make you challenge your assumptions and help in making your decision only more firmly.

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