The story sometimes doesn't stop at B-skool interviews and continues into summers and finals as well....and for some of us, this will continue all our lives ;)
I got the so called wrong end of the stick during my IIM interviews in 2006 - BLICK calls and I had converts from I and K, ended up going to K but never though I was missing out on something by not making a B or a C. Trend continued in summers - my GD/PI conversion ratio was a lowly 30-40% at best. Had an interesting time during finals, I always thought I was consulting material but I landed 4 sales offers!
Since its been one very interesting ride - took up an international IT sales role (yeah one of those 120K+ USD ones) but finally ended up rejecting it in favor of a domestic sales role for personal reasons. 6 good deals and 2 years of interacting with director level folks of multiple Sales partner orgs, I am in a situation where I can walk into *any* damn IT organization in a sales/BD role. It's a different story that I am now moving out of IT into a sales role in a different sector altogether
Over the past 3-4 months I've met a lot of folks, in some interactions I've walked out on offers from so called good brands since I did not see a fit between my DNA and the org culture.
My learnings from this -
1) Most of the time the reason for getting rejected may not be that we arent good enough, its just that we will NOT fit into their scheme of things. I have been rejected by a woman for being too sensible
2) Life will come a full circle if you are smart. Do remember that some day you will end up rejecting offers from the very organizations who are coveted recruiters at top B-skools.
3) Do not take rejection personally. I have been ripped apart by clients in meetings, have been shouted at for 30 mins for no fault of mine. The very same folks take me out for lunch the day they need something from me, these very folks have given me multi million dollar deals
4) Rejection is good, period. The tough time I went through in 2009 (lost one of my parents to a terminal disease, had to give up the $$ offer and get kicked around like a football by various teams in the organization for 2 months for playing it fair and straight and being transparent to my bosses) is probably the biggest reason why I have the conviction today to give up a safe and secure job and look to do something I'll prolly be more comfortable with.
As Warren Buffett says - "you need to be able to take a few knocks and bruises en route to that elusive multibagger"
If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
If you want to shoot....shoot, dont talk!
Been ages since I've posted, > 2-3 yrs perhaps....
Guess I can be bracketed into the old timers category, been almost 6 yrs since I've registered. PG was my lifeline during my CAT prep days, met some amazing folks and still in touch with some of them.
As for my second innings here, not sure if I intend to get anything out of PG apart from an amazing professional network - but this time I am sure I'll end up giving more gyan
Will be active on weekends since my weekdays are too jam packed, hope to see some oldies around and meet new facchas
Moi here to give u folks the alumni perspective
My profile - IIMK batch of 2008, had converts from K, I and NITIE. 3 yrs of IT work ex prior to MBA. Summers in a Marketing role and final placement in an IT biz dev role (by choice )
Before u folks shoot those K vs I vs L queries, read up placement reports of these instis thoroughly and see whats the general trend like. Take a call on what you think is most important to you in a B-skool (apart from placements i.e), do some info jugaad on that and then shoot.
PM me for any queries, for any factual info needed pls get in touch with any of the placecomm members. All you will get from me is my frank opinion
- Saved Money on exorbitant MBA fees
- self learner
- No Over indulgence with PPT
- Far from six thinking HATS (only to know that it works only when u wear a HAT)
- Use more pen and Paper than MS word and Excel
- Use more mental faculty than Calculator
- Have exciting friends
- are creative
- More likely to start a business (Ought to prove urself that MBA is not the last thing on earth)
- More creative in handling tough situations (Like angry GF, women are anyway more creative:p in handling men)
- Dhirubhai ambani, Bill gates, Shahrukh Khan... so on ---Infinity
- life long OPTION to do an MBA ;)
- No luxury of making things difficult and then solve it.
- Many More ---- U can ADD
Going back to IT I see
abhi wahan jaake saare sadiyal PMs ki champi kar dena
Where is shrik placed??
Time to make an entry
Keep this thread limited to discussions abt IIMK placements fellas, we've done well and we're bloody well proud of that. We really don't wanna bother comparing average sals with other instis unless we are provoked to do the same ;)
You are free to carry out any data mining exercise and hypothesize on some trend that all top B-skools seem to follow, we'll pitch in with our arguments and views if its on a different thread. The thing with we B-skoolers is that our logic/english is very strong, proving/disproving something comprehensively is just gonna be impossible on an online forum ;)
PS: I ain't a member of any committee here and anyone who's been long enough on PG knows my stand on silly B-skool comparisons