My Journey To DMS, IIT Delhi – Eashwar’s Story
When you turn round the corner and find yourself facing a wall which appears to be a dead end, you will eventually find a small by-lane which is a shortcut to a bigger and a better route. This, when told to me by one of my professors just fell on deaf ears. However, I could truly realise the potency of those words only when I experienced the situation.
During my engineering, the last thing I wanted to pursue after my under graduation was a degree in management. However, I was surrounded by friends and peers who were all of an opposing opinion. As events began to unfold, my conviction was strengthened by me getting into a core mechanical job profile in an automotive company. The adrenaline for technology kept me fuelled for the next couple of years. However, at the back of my mind, I was still having this thought that rote following of procedures and compiling data and preparing reports will not get me to anything big.
I was always fascinated by the Whiplash effect where one small management decision creates tremors throughout a chain of events. It was always intriguing to see this reflection in stock markets and how the stocks crested or troughed with any management decision. The butterfly effect where one small fluffing of the butterfly wings on one part of the world can create a storm on the other part of the world was something which I could relate to in reality. However, with the shrinkage of the world, thanks to the improvement in technology, the effect could be felt everywhere and is almost instantaneous. With increasing realisation, I wanted to be a part of such decision making process and affect lives in a better way. I have been an extrovert all my life and can mingle with people easily. Also, I have a knack with numbers and data. Time is something which I wanted to manage more effectively. My idea of MBA is management of time, people and data. Since I wanted to improvise on the first and use my skills on the other two, I decided to pursue a graduation in management.
The next steps involved grooming myself for the study and this entailed putting long hours of preparation for CAT and other competitive exams. The numerous mock tests and the actual exams were a test of my calibre and preparation and my adequateness in both ensured that I got through. Following the exams were numerous interviews and background researches to pick the right institution. I was really impressed by DMS and gave a good shot at the interview where I answered the questions put forth to me and also showcased my singing skills! Therefore, the eventual selection did not come as a surprise to me.
Post this, I left my job with great trepidation and a heavy heart but I knew I had made the right decision. I wanted to be proactive rather than reactive and I conveyed this to my peers, colleagues, friends and managers at my company. I was going into an unknown territory with an unknown language to study a not-so-familiar course to meet unknown people and do not-previously-done activities but I had no second thoughts about it.
So far, it has been a wonderful journey and a roller coaster ride but I have enjoyed every bit of it. After all, change is the only thing that doesn’t change and what is life without a change!