5 Skills You Will Sarpen During MBA

MBA-Skills-Uday-Salunkhe-Welingkar“A good MBA programme can help you inculcate skills that will prove useful in your life and career,” says Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Research and Development (WeSchool).

Welingkar, Mumbai, is a part of the Shikshana Prasaraka (S.P.) Mandali, Pune. All the educational institutions of S.P. Mandali are known for their academic excellence. Welingkar has the distinction of being the seventh best educational institute in South Asia.

Over the last century, the professional degree of MBA has maintained its relevance world-wide. There was a time when B-Schools taught only technical skills. Since then, many top B-schools have added soft skills to the MBA curriculum in their bid to help future managers adapt better to a fast-changing business world.

Let’s take a look at the 5 skills you’ll be honing during your MBA course:

1. Communication
Most MBA students who’d earlier lacked proficiency in communication found that with practice they got from the ongoing college activities they were able to polish their speaking, listening and writing skills.

How MBA helps: Group discussions, debate competitions, seminars, and, festivals etc. will provide you a platform to practice speaking well, get over stage-fright and improve your body language. Interactions with the faculty will improve your understanding of when to listen and when to speak. Working on papers will help you master written communication.

Self-help: Record your speech, hear it back, and identify problem areas. Read more to understand the nuances of the language. Keep a journal to improve your writing.

2. Knowledge
The MBA programme will help you build your domain knowledge. A good knowledge base of the industry is important as it gives one a competitive advantage.

How MBA helps: Not only will the programme teach you the basics, it will also teach you how to keep that knowledge updated by inculcating an attitude of learning.

Self-help: Keep track online of current trends and news relevant to your industry.

3. Time management
Realizing the value of time and the ability to plan in advance are valuable qualities that recruiters look for and usually find in MBA graduates.

How MBA helps: You will learn to manage your time and productively multi-task during your course as you attend classes, meetings, prepare presentations, write papers, etc.

Self-help: Prioritize tasks and allot time to them. Make schedules and try to stick to them.

4. Collaboration
A teamwork-oriented attitude is desirable to organizations who are basically a group of diverse people working towards common goals.

How MBA helps: The programme teaches you the value of collective effort through group projects and team-building exercises.

Self-help: Attend group meetings and support team members. Be open. Propose group projects.  Click here to learn more on how you can drive team collaboration.

5. Real-world experience
“Top B-Schools, like WeSchool, take care to harmonize classroom wisdom with skill sets that the students can apply in their professional lives,” notes, Dr. Uday Salunkhe.
How MBA helps: Collaborative workshops and internships are an effective way the programme provides the students with practical business experience.
Self-help: Apply for internships. Volunteer for industry interactions and initiate live projects.

Technology at WeSchool expanding the classroom

The challenge that confronts the education system in India, today, is a shortage of trained teachers. According to a Technopak Education Outlook report, “India will require 6 million more teachers by 2020 to attain the world average in terms of student-teacher ratio. This would mean a requirement to train 0.75 million teachers per annum, as against this the total capacity of all B.Ed. colleges currently, which is only 0.25 mn per annum.”
In this context, telepresence is proving to be revolutionary for imparting quality education across the spectrum and breaking the physical barriers in learning, points out Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Research & Development (WeSchool).
WeSchool is a strong supporter of innovation. Not only does it take inspiration from new technology, it embraces new technology as well. The premier B-School is tech-savvy and this even reflects in how classroom learning is imparted. WeSchool provides virtual classroom sessions where lectures are delivered by learned professors from the campus studio to thousands of Welingkarites across campus. Since the technology allows a larger number of students to attend live sessions and interact with learned professors than a physical classroom, it successfully addresses the issue of the scarcity of good faculty and the difficulty of making them available at the right place, at the right time. “In case a student is not able to attend virtual classroom lectures, he can still refer to WeLecture, where video lectures are uploaded on all subjects,” informs Dr. Uday Salunkhe.

Welingkarites Are Committed And Uncompromisingly Innovative

To be able to take up a managerial role in the fast-moving and ever-changing industrial scenario, today’s managers must have a strong grip on all interfaces of business areas. They must believe in teamwork and possess skills of research, communication and persuasion.

MBA programs endow students with the required skills, know-how and confidence for their chosen careers. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director and Principal, L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, believes academic activities at WeSchool equip its students for the future by making adaptive and confident professionals out of them.

The institute offers a variety of flexible programs so that Welingkarites are able to acquire, develop and practice the skills in real life business scenarios. Students are also encouraged to bring in their work experience to the learning table, analyze and develop strengths, reflect on weaknesses, map out charts of personal growth and be equipped with tools for success in career and life.

WeSchool strongly believes in combining the philosophies of leadership and innovation with a design-thinking approach to management education, says Dr. Uday Salunkhe. Today companies are looking for people that can combine innovation with experience to create efficiency. It is important to note that innovation is not limited to products or services. Innovation can be in logistics, financing, marketing, organizational design or even in handling attrition.

WeSchool’s distinctively different approach to management education has manifested as the various successes of its alumni. A few of these are listed below:

  • Stita Misra (PGDM, 2011-13) and her team of young scribes launched Samvad – an online magazine dedicated to the evolution of business education.
  • Sohail Sayani (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) along with his team of music aficionados launched Mumbai’s first on-campus, web-based radio channel, RadioWE, which offers education as well entertainment on its multiple waves.
  • A story by Anchal Singh (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) was published in ‘Inspired by Tagore’- an anthology by The British Council – from nearly 4000 entries from around the world.
  • A research paper titled ‘Embedding Technology Human Resource – Distance covered and road map’ by Shweta Maheshwari (PGDM, 2011-13) got published in Conquest, the much-revered management journal of IIM (Shillong).
  • Himanshu Kapadia, the champion of ‘out of the box thinking and action’, and winner of 14 prestigious awards at WeSchool, went on to win an internal competition at HDFC as an HR trainee. On his win, he was recorded as saying, “The best part is the entire HR Transformation Exercise will be named “E-mpower” which was my winning idea. I have also been entrusted to design a logo for this initiative. It is rare that in such a short span of time, one gets so much exposure and appreciation, more than that, a chance to give ideas and see them being appreciated and executed is a big high!”

“The feedback received from my mentors has contributed to giving me a better professional edge,” the budding HR manager revealed of his success.

Failure For Success With MBA

“MBA is more than just an educational course; it is a career-enhancing 360 degree program which, if pursued diligently, can be a life-changing event. The learnings of the program have a huge impact of one’s life and career.” says Prof. Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe Recognized With Best Teacher Award by Higher Education Forum

In a welcoming moment for Welingkar, Group Director and Prof. Dr. Uday Salunkhe has been recognized by Higher Education Forum for his contribution to the management education in India. He was awarded the ‘Best Teacher Award’ in Global Leadership category. The award was presented by Ms Jaya Row, Founder of Vedanta Vision.

Dr. Uday Salunkhe On The Art of Design Thinking

WeSchool is only seven years old, but has earned the distinction of being one of the top management schools in South India today,” says Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar

The institute’s flagship programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in Business Management offers specialisations like Marketing, Retail, Finance, HR, Systems and Operations. Then there is the PGDM in E-Biz and Business Design. The annual course fee is Rs 4.3 lakh. All of these are residential programmes and the cost of accommodation is Rs 1 lakh per year.

Management Equips Students For A Variety OF Spheres – Dr Uday Salunkhe

“Being in the management profession is all about exploring and exhibiting your skills. There must exist the ability to relate to others and motivate them as well. It involves the art of making problems so appealing and their keys so constructive that everybody wants to go to work and deal with them.” – Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director of Welingkar Institute.

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