How the one-year MBA at SPJIMR accelerated my career


Should I take a break and pursue an MBA after working for five years? What does a typical day in an MBA programme look like? What sort of a career acceleration can I expect after an MBA? 

PGPM alumni from different walks of life have shared their remarkable and inspiring stories of career transitions with us. Know how their career journeys unfold with these stories, each unique and relevant.

Anshul Jain was juggling between a job and being an entrepreneur for over five years. He enrolled with the PGPM at SPJIMR and used the learnings gained in the classroom to develop structured management, leadership and critical problem-solving skills. Anshul Jain currently works with Accenture Technology Consulting as a Technology Consultant.

Nikunj Jain came from the world of creativity, working on automotive styling. He however felt the need to develop decision-making skills to bring his vision for tomorrow to reality. Enrolling with the PGPM programme helped him develop a problem-solving mindset to face challenges across various functions. Nikunj Jain currently works with Mahindra Rise as the Innovation Manager.

Dhruv Kumar was looking at professional growth while working at MSIL. He wanted to broaden his learning and also explore new opportunities. He found all this and more at the PGPM programme at SPJIMR. Dhruv Kumar currently works with Myntra as the Head Marketplace & Omni Business and Operations.

SPJIMR’s PGPM was a Career Altering Journey: Anshul Jain

After having to juggle between a job and an entrepreneurial role for over five years, I started feeling something was amiss. I felt that structured management, leadership, and critical problem-solving skills could propel me to be a better manager and an even better leader. In my search for one-year MBA programmes in India, I came across the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) at SPJIMR. Pre-admission interactions with current students, faculty members and alumni made me apply, and eventually, I was selected for the programme.  

The Class had individuals coming from diverse industry backgrounds, each carrying a unique skillset. Every day in the classroom was a revelation and learning, far different from what I had experienced in my engineering days and subsequent professional career.

Every student in my class was encouraged to speak up and contribute to the learning environment. The focus was not on rote learning, rather it was on leveraging skills that our professional experiences brought to the class. Group assignments and projects across courses, simulated the environment of working in a team set up in a corporate job or business and also fostered a habit of rigour in research.

The academic rigour along with individualised career guidance and support ensured that I was fully prepared on the day of placements.


PGPM Helped my Creative Side Don a Corporate Suit: Nikunj Jain 

Prior to pursuing my MBA, I worked in the creative world of automotive styling, a career path that involved imagining the world of the future. However, bringing the vision of tomorrow to reality required a deep understanding on how business decisions are made. This analysis of the decision matrix led me to PGPM, the 15 months full-time management programme at SPJIMR.

Different elements of PGPM helped me develop multiple skillsets. For instance Design Thinking (DT) taught me a holistic way of ideation, Personal Growth lab (PG lab) taught me introspection and self improvement, case studies helped me develop critical thinking or a diverse classroom that fostered peer-to-peer learning.

The 3 key takeaways for me from the programme were: a) balancing different thinking hats we wear in the real world b) analyzing the market and crafting possible best win strategies for different situations and c) transforming organisations into customer-centric business

 The rigour and intensity of the programme has trained me to think on my feet; find my way through chaos and be able to apply the lessons learnt to solve complex management challenge for a company. Today, in my role as an Innovation Manager at Mahindra Group, I am able to apply this problem-solving mindset to challenges across various functions; Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, Innovation etc. 


PGPM at SPJIMR Prepared Me For The World: Dhruv Kumar

The PGPM led to a hockey stick growth curve in my career. I wanted to do an MBA after 5 years of professional life  for three things: Professional growth, broadening my knowledge of management and exploring new opportunities in my professional life.

This course provided a paradigm shift in my understanding of management, networking opportunities and strengthened me as a professional. During the course I could relate to the situations that we faced at our workplace which would not have been possible without previous work experience.

Personally for me, interactions with various leaders that came to the campus have helped immensely in shaping my thought process and looking beyond what I was doing previously. Their stories have inspired and taught me the importance of networking as a key to building confidence and long-term relationships in the industry. For me this course opened up various opportunities which otherwise would have been very difficult to come across.


S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) is a constituent of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and is ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in India. PGPM comprises 15-months of in-class learning followed by 3 months of Industry Immersion. This programme is ideal for participants who are looking for an Executive MBA. It is designed as a career accelerator that enables candidates with minimum 5 years of work experience and strong domain expertise, to move to expansive roles in general management. PGPM is AICTE approved, and accredited by AACSB and AMBA. The PGPM programme currently operates from Its Mumbai campus.

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