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Interview With Karan Singh

Ques. What is your current work profile? Does it align with your interest/expectations?
Currently, I am working as a business analyst for one of the leading Indian brokerage firms Motilal Oswal Financial Services at their corporate office in Mumbai. Yes, from the very beginning stage I wanted to get into the financial industry.

Ques. Please throw some light on your professional journey so far.
I got selected for the campus placement with Motilal Oswal Financial Services & joined as a Management Trainee. After on job training now I am working as an Assistant Manager with the Information Technology team & handling Trading & Non Trading platforms i.e. Mobile Apps, Websites, Trading Terminals & subscription-based research products.

Ques. What is your opinion about the divide between theory and practical in management education? Did KSOM prepare you well for the industry?
College lectures worked as the foundations for me to learn about the industry. And the fact is that industries are very dynamic nowadays & they adapt based on the existing situations very rapidly. COVID 19 pandemic has changed everything for all the industries. But if foundations are strong it will be easy to understand the industry & KSOM has nourished me very well for that.

Ques. How has the campus experience at KSOM enriched your life, both professionally and personally?
Ans. KSOM has provided me with lots of opportunities not only in academics but in every aspect of my life be it a good team player or a leader. I am willing to fit in every environment. The learning here has broadened my thoughts process even further. And that’s ultimately it leads to personal development as well.

Ques. What was your initial plan-of-action when you joined KSOM?
Ans. When I joined the MBA program at KSOM I wanted to grab every single opportunity out there. Not limiting myself to any particular domain but learning every skill set required to be a better Professional. I wanted to push the limit further. To learn as much as possible within 2 years’ time frame.

Ques. Campus life is an integral part of MBA education. How did you spend your time at KSOM?
Indeed, the time spent in KSOM is priceless. I have so many memories & better ways to put it as it was like second home to me. KSOM is best during the evenings as there are so many events that used to happen simultaneously by students organized by the awesome KSOM clubs. The theme, the lights, the lush green campus environment & students doing all sorts of engaging activities was amazing.

Ques. Besides academics, what are the other activities you participated in keenly? How did they help you improve in your life?
KSOM organizes National Mega Conclaves in domain areas of Finance, Marketing & HR & I used to volunteer actively in all the conclaves to get an opportunity to interact with the industries leaders, to discuss & understand about the current trends, their future plans, challenges they are facing & the skills set required to get into the industry.  It helped me to enrich my professional as well as personal life.

Ques. As a proud Alumni of KSOM Bhubaneswar, what are the qualities that make KSOM Bhubaneswar the best in the business?
Faculty were from the top national institutes along with industry experience. They created a perfect environment for students. Teaching methods such as case studies, business presentations, seminars & teaching methodology helped to boost confidence & self-confidence.  Frequent interaction with corporate leaders, multiple workshops organized by KSOM helped a lot. The most important thing in KSOM is faculty are always accessible & willing to help in every possible way.

Ques. What you like to say to MBA aspirants hoping to build successful careers one day?
For any MBA aspirant, it is important to have a learning attitude & be optimistic. MBA is a very dynamic program as it can transform students to be the next industry leader.
Having said this, one must put all the necessary hours of work with discipline & dedication. It also involves improving interpersonal skills, communication, public speaking and developing the right attitude. So proper planning & execution is very important.
Also one should always have fun while learning, try to connect the dots and always be eager for new learnings. Great knowledge often comes from the humblest of the origins. 

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