It gives me immense pleasure to receive this opportunity and express my heartiest gratitude to the entire team of SP Jain School of Global Management (Mumbai) and MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (Milan) for giving us this wonderful experience during our Master in Global Luxury Goods and Services Management (MGLuxM) program.
My personal experience during this program has been more than overwhelming. It was never about “let’s just finish this master’s and run back home”, but every time everything we did was with lots of fun and learning. When it comes to the curriculum of the MGLuxM program, every person from the Director to the Faculty and staff was well-versed with what and how much should be incorporated in the chapters and assignments. All the classes and study tours were well-planned and provided us with the maximum study material and the highest exposure any university could ever offer.
The MGLuxM program has a vast curriculum. From regular classes to guest lectures, conversation series, assignments and study tours – all were exclusive and specially-designed for the program. Guest lectures and Conversation Series are sessions where we have evolved – from learning the bookish knowledge to understanding the competitive industry from experts – whilst sitting in the classroom.
Study tours, be it in Milan or India, have given us a practical and hands-on experience with the biggest companies in the world. We have been fortunate to have visited the best companies in every industry:
- Omega and Longines in the Watch Industry (Switzerland)
- YSL in the Fashion Industry
- L’ecole School of Jewelry Arts (Van Cleef & Arpels)
- Rainbow Gems International
- L’Osmotheque for Perfumes (France)
- Alfa Romeo, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari and many more in the Automobile Industry (Germany)
- The Champagne District for Wines (Champagne, France)
Ever since we graduated, many Internship and Placement opportunities have been coming our way. Some of the biggest names like Reliance Group, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo have been approaching us to assist them with what we have gained from this program – be it in sales, logistics, management, marketing or branding. It is a proud feeling to have this Degree in the Hall of Fame of our lives. It has not only evolved us academically but also made us better people. This program and its supportive universities are one big reason of who I am today.
If you are planning to join SP Jain or if you currently are an SP Jain student, you are at the right institution to achieve your dreams. Be enthusiastic during your entire program. Some subjects or projects might seem less important but there will always be one great opportunity and learning behind each of them. And, lastly, never underestimate your faculty, colleagues and, most importantly, yourself.
Becoming an Entrepreneur
I also take this opportunity to share with you the launch of my own venture called BRANOVATE – a branding and design agency. At BRANOVATE, we work hard to grow brands not only through promotional and marketing strategies but also through aesthetically appealing, innovative and meaningful design and process. We offer services like Digital Design and Communication, Branding & Rebranding and Brand Consultancy. The MGLuxM program augmented me professionally to accomplish my goal of opening my own venture by helping me understand:
- The Dos and Don’ts of a Startup
- Marketing and Promotional Strategies for any business
- How Branding is important for any firmBesides improving my knowledge base, it made me confident. I was only a creative designer; it also made me a businesswoman.
I thank all the members of this program – from the Director to my colleagues – as well as my parents and friends, who helped me become a better and confident person today.
About the Author: Aayushi Agarwal
Aayushi Agarwal is a Master in Global Luxury Goods & Services Management alumnus (Oct’17 cohort) of SP Jain School of Global Management (Mumbai) in collaboration with MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (Milan). Prior to her Master’s, she completed her graduation in Bachelor of Fashion Accessory & Lifestyle Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Gujarat.
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