LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy Student Interview
Get ready to read about Narendhar Sunkisala’s b-school adventure at London Business School’s Sloan Masters in Leadership & Strategy Program – here and on his blog My Journey to Admission in London Business School. Thank you Naren for sharing your story with us!
Accepted: First, can you tell us about yourself: Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad?
Narendhar: I was born and brought up in Godavarikhani, a small town located in Andhra Pradesh, India. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh, India) in the year June 2000. Over the last 12 years I worked extensively in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Industry in diverse roles across the globe.
I enjoy traveling, reading, playing tennis, cycling, cooking and lately blogging.
Accepted: Why did you choose to attend London’s Sloan Fellows Program? (In other words, why pursue the degree and why London?)
Narendhar: Management is what I liked inherently ever since I was in college. In 2008, after gaining some work experience, I started researching for a 1 year management program. I first heard about the Sloan Masters at London Business School (LBS) when one of my ex-managers joined this program. After doing a lot of research about Sloan Program, I decided that Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy at LBS is the ideal program for me for the following reasons:
• Curriculum fit with my objectives: This program has several courses that would enable me to realize my career goals.
Accepted: What is your current job? Do you plan on continuing in that industry/function after you receive your Sloan MSc or switching careers?
Narendhar: I am currently working as a Principal in Telecom Practice based out of Melbourne with Infosys Limited, Australia. I work in consulting roles with telecom service providers in the Australia and New Zealand region.
Consulting and Product Strategy are two key functions I worked in all through my career. Post Sloan program, I would like to continue in the same industry and would like to transition into leadership roles in strategy in IT Product/Telecom companies.
Accepted: It looks like you've lived/worked/studied all over the world. Where do you think you'll end up long-term, or do you plan on continuing to globe-trot?
Narendhar: Travel is something that I enjoy personally as it gives opportunities to meet new people, visit new places and experience different cultures.
However I am more keen about the role I would get than the geography. I would like to get into a role where I can apply the skills acquired during the program. In the long term I would like to settle in India.
Accepted: As a successful applicant to a top program, you must have some good admissions advice. What would you say are your top three tips for Sloan MSc or MBA applicants?
Narendhar: In my opinion, applicants have to spend quality time on the following (assuming GMAT is done at this stage):
1. First jot down your career goals. Think objectively to see if an MBA program will help you get there. This clarity is important for sustained motivation.
Accepted: Why did you decide to blog about your experience?
Narendhar: When I started my application process for Sloan, the primary source of information was the school website. I wanted to get more insight into the actual student experiences right from the application stage to what goes on during the 1 year at school. While I could find a few articles here and there, I could not find everything at one place. The idea of this blog is to share the information, resources combined with my experiences with prospective students.
I am glad that a lot of prospective students are finding this blog informative and useful. As of today this blog is followed by readers across 48 countries.
I also do career counseling as a hobby. I am providing a starting point to prospective students through this blog.
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