This is what Ayush Singh of NIT Rourkela had to say after his recent participation in S P Jain’s ASAP (Advance Student Admission Program) conducted in Jan 2015. It is prudent to note that students from premier technical and non-technical Institutions across India are invited to sit for a competitive aptitude test on campus. The top 20% are then shortlisted and put through a second round of written test and rigorous interviews before 1-2 deserving students from the colleges are selected as brand ambassadors to participate in this prestigious and highly coveted program.
Ayush was ecstatic after being selected as a S P Jain
student ambassador from a group of 88 aspirants from all streams of engineering belonging to the final year at NIT Rourkela. He had never been to Dubai before and he expected to be immersed in a true cultural cum intellectual experience of life in Dubai and teaching methods of a B school of global stature. And he was not disappointed either. He still ruminates on the lecture by Prof Arindam Bannerjee on the influence of oil economies on global and local politics whereas the visit to the cultural centre gave him a fair idea of food and clothe habits, business practices, common beliefs and rituals of the local people, the Emiratis. The practical experiences got Ayush thinking about how perceptions can vary from people to people and from culture to culture and eventually how this can affect business relationships especially when one is dealing with people from a different social background.
Ayush was also a little disappointed at what he thought were too many topics or themes covered in the 2 day agenda and he would have liked more time to savor the different experiences and be actively involved in more intellectual discourses. However, he was certainly able to sample S P Jain’s unique curriculum of Business Education 2.0
through brief exposures to activities that brought home the importance of global intelligence and real world skills in the grooming process of becoming a global business manager with credibility to work in multi-national work cultures and deal with persons from diverse backgrounds.
All in all, Ayush rates this experience as incredible and awesome and advises his fellow student aspirants looking at global careers that given an opportunity, they should definitely attempt to be a part of this eye opening and thought provoking program. We too wish Ayush all the very best in making the right choices for his future and success in his global career.