The main purpose of the panel discussion was to help younger alumni understand career challenges and possibly show a path towards corporate success. The panellists included SBS alumni who have a long running experience in corporate sector. Deepak Rai (Manager, CRM Process Improvement - Al-Futtaim Group Automotive), Anurag Tyagi (Vice President and Head - Real Estate at Morgan Stanley), Jai Singh (Entrepreneur), Brijesh K Singh (Regional Head – South, Forbes (Digital 18 Media)), and Nidhi Jha (Channel Account Manager at Dell)
As they tried to untangle some of the myths surrounding the corporate sector and life paths through various jobs to success, they shared their experience on the part, life events and even family background, play in shaping one’s career progression. While including each one of the stories can make for an interesting reading, for lack of space and time we thought of sharing Deepak Rai’s story of success.
As Deepak passionately shared his journey on how with the right guidance and help at the right time, an aspiring student, can progress on the path ahead. An alumnus from one of the earliest batches of SBS, 1999-2001, Deepak was one of the first few students who was awarded scholarship by the honourable Founder Bala Sir. Bala Sir reminisced how in the GD and PI, Deepak had stood out and got a thumbs up from him. Thereafter doing extremely well during the Dilip Bam presentation, he was declared the First President of Students’ Council of Sri Balaji Society. Having gauged the potential to rise and shine, the Guru not only gave a fee waiver to Deepak owing to his financially weak background, but also mentored him through his PGDM milestones. Deepak too, being the Arjun that Guru Drona was looking for, made the most of the mentorship and the opportunities given to him and bagged three campus placement offers and joined the campus offer from Tata Technologies where, due to the knowledge and mentorship gained at SBS, and his sheer dedication and hard work, he inched his way ahead and landed up as an independent consultant in the USA within 3.5 years. One thing led to another and the rest is a wonderful history. So for Deepak, his alma mater, and his mentor Bala Sir played a vital role in shaping his career just as did his own efforts and ability to make use of inputs that came along the way. After all, not everyone who was given these inputs has achieved the same heights!