This Monday, 30th of June T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal was graced by the presence of Mr. Sebastian, an IT/ITES entrepreneur based in Kochi, Kerala. A postgraduate in Computer Science, he is an AOTS Alumni of TKC, Japan and now sits on the Central Governing Council of the Export Promotion Council for EOU’s & SEZ Units, Govt. of India – Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi.
Mr. Sebastian, who is also an alumnus from TAPMI Batch of 1989, was here on the occasion of induction of PGDM and PGDM – HC Batch 2014-16. He shared experiences of his 2 years tenure at TAPMI and what according to him takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
The session kicked off with Mr. Sebastian welcoming the new students and wishing them luck for their 2 years roller coaster ride which will be full of challenges, hurdles and new learning.
He further shared his experiences on how his life TAPMI helped him develop not only professionally but also personally. He stressed on the idea of not looking to make your life easy, but to always look for challenges, not to follow the convention but to adapt collaborative and creative ways to study.
While mentioning how difficult and rigorous life can be during a PGDM, Mr. Sebastian shared his 6 tenets of wisdom with the students:
- Establish a schedule
- Learn to work in groups
- Develop your soft skills and reading skills
- Network with the batch and seniors
- Don’t worry, you’ll succeed
He further emphasized on the significance of scheduling and suggested blocking off anything from your planner that consumes time. He also stated that whether you’re changing jobs, moving in a new career direction, or just trying to move up the ladder, your network can play a big role and the contacts that are made in business school can last for the entire life.
Mr. Sebastian ended the lecture with the quote -“there are a lot of sharks in the world, if you want to live and succeed, you got to learn how to deal with them.”
Overall it was an excellent opportunity for the fresh minds, to peek into the MBA journey of a veteran, to get an insight on how to make the most of these 2 years and to become successful future entrepreneurs.