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Why do you think an MBA degree matters?

Divya Singh, an alumna Apeejay School of Management, highlights most valuable lessons she learnt during her time at the B school



An alumna of Apeejay School of Management (ASM), Divya Singh, is currently working as HR (Corporate Trainer) with GMR DIAL. Prior to completing her MBA from ASM, Divya graduated in 2019 and simultaneously got a Diploma. “All these valuable educational experiences helped me build my career in an in-demand and competitive industry,” she mentioned. Her educational and professional journey so far has helped in enhancing her personal stance, knowledge and professional skills. Complimenting about her job role performance as well as daily progression, the Apeejay alumna points out different skills in demand in the corporate world as well as shares tips for juniors. Read edited excerpts: 

What is unique about your current role? What are the skills required to be in this role?

Part of the allure of becoming a trainer is that there isn’t really a “typical” day.   You might be prepping for a soft skills course one day and facilitating a session on the very next day. There is a lot of variety and exposure!  Being a corporate trainer can be exciting, fun, fulfilling, interesting, influential and inspiring.  It can also involve long hours, sore feet and feeling exhausted. It includes being instant on answering queries, imparting strategies on ways to act on ground situations and dwelling with diverse persona on a daily basis. 

On the skilling part, a trainer is an excellent communicator that tailors learning content to the audience and builds in practical exercises.  Not all training situations are created equal because not all companies, participants or subject matters are the same. Hence, adaptability is key! We create flow each and every time based on participation, needs and other specifications. 

Delivery cannot be the same as planned. Hence, patience helps to be inclusive, make participants learn at their own phase and level. Designing modules, content curator, subject knowledge are other core technical requirements. 

What are your learnings from Apeejay School of Management?

We titled our batch as “Covid batch” of ASM. Our session was completely online due to the pandemic-induced lockdown. Hence, the campus exposure was negligible or I shall say zero. Despite the challenges, ASM maintained the quality and value of its education delivery. The most important learnings from ASM is to uphold the value of your educational takeaways. Further, I learned to be open for every opportunity,  collaboration and networking. Because when you attempt in either of three states, you will challenge yourself for your own betterment. Lastly, to have openness on advice, mentorship and guidance from professors because they are the biggest query experts before you begin to grill out in a competitive industry. 

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Why do you think an MBA degree matters?

Well firstly, pursuing MBA is a subjective choice. And the reason for this choice will vary with each individual. For me, an MBA programme was a wise way to shape my career. Pursuing so, opened doors for career opportunities. MBA helps to be explorative of various business fields as well as become subject expert of your choice. Also, the contemporary world has a competitive industry and hence, MBA ensures to upgrade one as per in-demand requirements of organisation. 

Tips for your juniors 

1. Keep going! Try and try. It will always work out for you. 
2. Build your own way of learning.
3. Challenge yourself to practice those learning by asking queries and attempting interviews.
4. Take advice, guidance and mentoring but make your own decision.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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