By now you may be wondering what MISB can do for you. While there’s no way to know exactly how the PGPB can change your life, there are plenty of people who can tell you how it changed theirs. We’re talking about our growing body of illustrious alumni.
We’re pleased to be debuting a new series here at the MISB blog: the Alumni Spotlight series, in which we invite alumni to share their thoughts on what MISB means to them.
We’re kicking things off by talking with Smiti Mohan, a member of our inaugural graduating class and currently a consultant with Hector & Streak Consulting Private Limited.
The Route to the PGPB
Smiti became a part of the MISB community in 2011 after considering MBA programs in Europe, Dubai and India. Initially drawn by SDA Bocconi’s repute and high rankings, she was further intrigued by the launch of its first international campus. She explains, “It offered the best of both worlds: I got to learn about the global best practices while applying it in the ever dynamic and vibrant Indian context.”
When asked what prospective MBA students should look for when choosing a program, Smiti puts four things above all else: the school pedigree internationally, quality of alumni network, exposure to international corporates, and faculty profiles. She found each of these and more during her PGPB days.
Finding a Home at MISB
Looking back on her PGPB days Smiti says, “MISB is home to me. The marketeer in me always associates the best brands to feelings, and home is the feeling I have when I hear the name MISB. Why? Because even though it’s been a year since I walked out of those gates a graduate, MISB welcomes me with open arms every single time I go back, like my family would.” Smiti also values the strong friendships made during the program — friends, she says, who continue to support each other in extraordinary ways, both personally and professionally.
Embracing a Bright Future
After multiple offers through MISB’s campus placements, Smiti chose to pursue a career in HR consulting, where she has committed herself to learning everything she can about the business, its clients, and the industry at large. She credits MISB with significantly altering her work process — particularly the extensive soft skills learned, practiced and honed at the international level.
Smiti also cites keener insights into the client’s business environment through understanding of key business performance variables and improved conflict management skills as big takeaways from the PGPB experience. She says, “I think MISB taught me not only to wear but also walk around in the manager’s shoes comfortably.”
Today, Smiti takes great pride in being part of the PGPB-1 legacy. “When I look back,” she concludes, “I know I will never be the same individual I was when I first walked through those gates. This is what MISB does to you. It makes you stand with your head held high; proud of your accomplishments, sure of what you’ve learnt, ready to take on whatever life throws at you because of all these people who have your back.”
If you have any queries or questions about PGPB and Life at MISB Bocconi, please write to Smiti Mohan at firstname.lastname@example.org