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Meet The Top First-Year MBAs From India

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Rajani Singh

Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Hometown: Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand, India

Education: Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science

Employment: Goldman Sachs, Associate, Global Security Services

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I proudly call myself a teabag! I am at my best when under pressure.

Fun fact about yourself: I am an acrophobic but my sky diving experience left me with new thrills for life. The next on my list is Bungee Jumping!!

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: The biggest accomplishment in my career so far is progressing through the corporate ladder at my previous employer (i.e., Goldman Sachs). It’s a very competitive environment and you have to do your best every single day. There’s no time off from thinking if you are contributing to yourself and the company.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? Be yourself! Nothing gets you a top business school except being authentic. We all want to go to the best business schools which are indeed the right thing to aim for. What we shouldn’t miss, however, is finding the right school for us in terms of fitment to the community that we are going to be part of. The essays and admission interviews should be a true reflection of what we want to achieve after our MBA and we should be able to sell our idea to the admission committee.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Fisher is well placed when it comes to providing its students the global mindset needed for a successful career after MBA. I wanted to go to a business school that is well reputed and provides me with global outlook. Fisher’s small class structure and the close knit community attracted me.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life?  McKinsey is my dream employer. I want to work as a Consultant at McKinsey and design robust, technical and innovative tools to optimize processes, manage risks, build strategies for evolving landscapes, and provide advice to clients on complex strategic transactions. It very well echoes with my personality and values where I want to contribute to the community through my own unique way.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? I want my peers at Fisher to remember me as a person with a lot of credibility and caliber. I am a very approachable and trustworthy person and I want my classmates to remember as someone who is available when in need.

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    A large fraction of the Indian students who study at B-schools in India, join the programs just after completing their undergrad education. These Indian MBA programs are most likely like the pre-experience Masters in Management degrees offered at places outside India. In the US or Europe, MBA programs expect candidates to acquire a number of years of experience. So going for an MBA in the US, after completing an MBA from India and working a few years in industry does not fall out of place. Moreover, I think that B-schools in the US/ Europe are able to provide the students with more international/ global exposures. Last thing is, the Indian schools lack overall recognition outside of India. The US/EU schools and their parent universities are world renowned.

  • Rajeev

    Wonder why there are folks who already have an MBA and still going to US to get another one!