Rome wasn't built in a day. And your career won't be built in a day either. It is a process, a journey if you will, and not a destination. Unless of course, you are the CEO of Google. Eh, maybe not even then. The point is to keep moving forward, to keep building. To help you keep your career journey and goals in check, here's your prescribed list of stories that you must read this week. It has a healthy dose of motivation, reality-checks, productivity tips, and more.
InsideIIM Stories & Videos
From being diagnosed with multiple tumours to being born with 100% visual impairment, we have received some of the most poignant and inspirational stories of aspirants who made it to their dream B-schools despite extremely unfavourable circumstances. To inspire you to achieve the same and make it to your dream career, we have compiled 20 of the most inspirational stories – some of which will leave you awe-struck, and some that will leave you teary-eyed and at a loss for words. Check it out here.
In this video, Harsh Parikh, CA, Co-Founder at DRiefcase, Ex-Director – Investment Banking at Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, IIM Bangalore grad talks about his passion for investment banking and making big bucks. He also tells us about his experience studying at IIM Bangalore. Check it out here.
In this video, Ankita Aggarwal, AVP – General Manager, Beauty & Wellness, UrbanClap, Ex-Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ex-Cisco, IIM Indore Alum talks about choosing to work at a startup called UrbanClap, after gaining experience as a transaction banker with Bank of America. She shares the story of getting married to a person from another religion, a love that met her at b-school. Check it out here.
Sometimes all you need is an honest conversation with your senior and this video with Kartik Arora is just that. He’ll take you through his engineering days in MIT to his short stint at Mahindra before he joined XLRI. His stories on clearing the dreaded finance paper, not laughing in a GD and being your honest self during your summer placement interview are great pieces of advice that will hold you in good stead when you’re at the campus. Tune in for an honest, candid, and humorous talk here.
How likely are you to be happy with your job after an MBA? What is an ideal salary expectation to have post-MBA, and are those expectations actually met? Which are India’s most desirable business schools? How big a role does money actually play in the decision to pursue an MBA? These are some of the many questions which, if answered, can bring a certain amount of clarity to both MBA aspirants as well as business school students about their post-MBA careers. In fact, by the time you’re done reading all reports, you will perhaps even know which companies you want to work with the industry of your choice! Cancel your plans and read this extensive report here.
Good Reads From Around The Web
If you are someone who struggles with being productive, you need to develop a routine. Stat. While routines are highly personal and individualistic but going through the routines of others is often a good start. Remember that you don't need to exactly do what others do as a part of the routine but take what suits you and design what works for you and your idiosyncrasies. Start here.
No, you aren't busy. You are just a lazy ambitious person. And it's not a good problem to have. Quite the opposite. Being busy does not equal to being efficient or productive. It's a trap. The first step is to read this amazing piece on The New York Times and then start working towards getting out of this trap. Probably find a rehab for this addiction to busyness.
We started this newsletter with 20 awe-inspiring stories to motivate you. We are going to leave you with a tactic that you can use daily to increase your motivation levels. All you need is just one another person. So are you ready to increase your motivation levels? Read more here.