The SP Jain Global MBA, as the website says, is designed for mature participants. Their 2-year MBA designed for applicants with lesser experience has already carved a niche for itself in.
With the Global MBA (GMBA) offering, they’ve taken the SP Jain brand to an international level – literally. With cities like Dubai, Singapore and Sydney added in for good measure, the exposure is truly international.
Aditya, a current student attending the SP Jain Global MBA program describes his application experience that got him the GMBA seat.
How I got into the S P Jain Global MBA program (GMBA)
Before applying for my MBA app I used to think that I too belonged to the IIM (Indian IT Male) group. However, during my application process I learnt one thing. All of us are humans and yet we are so different. This was one thing which I tried to project all throughout my application. Before I share few of my learnings during the apps here is little background about me.
Overall – 5.5 yrs of exp.
Last org. – Deloitte consulting (Consultant)
GMAT – 680
Why MBA – The big question
Though I put in different reasons during my app but actual truth was I really wanted to study… (I really wanted to know why things are the way they are, economics, markets, pricing, operation management… I just loved it :)… )
My application process
I want to pen down three major learnings from my app process.
1. MBA Crystal Ball – I luckily bounced upon this site. Which I feel was one of the luckiest thing which happened. Talking to Sameer helped me clarify some basic questions and lay a sound foundation to my app process. I think this is the most important thing that one should accomplish before starting out with the application process. The conversations helped me understand my differentiating factors and how I should go about positioning myself (considering the fact that I was an IIM :). Once the framework is created, the rest of the things can be customized based on individual college needs.
2. Time Management – Time management is not something which is taught in Bschools, it is something which one must learn to get into a B-school. :) While working on the essays its a good idea to put equal focus on the selected schools as early as possible. There might be chances that we may tend to spend to much time on our top priority school and let go other import schools. So time it well. !!
3. The Essay – Be careful! if you are seeking help from alumni of some good bschools. A alumni form a good bschool does not suggest he/or she has good writing skills they might in the schools for all different reasons (exceptional qualifications, say). Do treat them as Gods but do find the right God :)… So just Just a word of caution… choose your mentors well.
College Selection Criteria and Results
1. ISB – I was interested in schools in India and Asia (one year program), so ISB was the first choice
Status – No interview
2. SP Jain GMBA – The college does not have great ranking, but I knew they had good faculty and two-tier model made sense.
Status – Converted and joined.
3. NUS – 1 year – Status – Selected for interview, could not convert.
Current Experience of SP Jain GMBA
Currently I am in Dubai and about to complete the first term. The course has been a great learning experience so far. We are bombarded with 2 courses every 9 days, taught by some amazing faculties from around the world. We had a course on macroeconomics today, which gave us insights on how the economic centre is moving to Asia and role Indian managers will play. Quite motivating I would say for all future managers, specially around Asia Pacific region.
On the fun part, managed to steal some time and make it to desert safari and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
In other three months will be off to Singapore for the II semester. However, For the next batch which starts in December things are going to change. The program is a 3 city model (Sydney, Dubai, Singapore). The idea is to get a feel of the three important cities for the future. All students start in Sydney and spend 4 months together. Then one group goes to Dubai and the other to Singapore. The groups change cities after 4 months.
Hope all this variety of experience helps us transform into true global managers.
If you have questions for Adi about the program or if you are looking for some more insights, head over to the SP Jain Global MBA (GMBA) forum.