Similarly, when the auditions for our official freshers were on, I was a part of a group dance, a skit, and I had also prepared a solo singing endeavour. Did I know how to sing? Nope. I did and still, suck at it. But, I did it anyway. Why? Because I would get to be on stage facing over 250 people, and, I wanted to experience that.
I knew that I would shiver and also that people won’t like it. But, I did anyway. The result? I sucked as expected. But, people didn’t make as much fun of me either as I had envisaged in my head. And, most importantly, I have never feared to be on stage again.
Secondly, I learned that this is something I like to do. Presenting myself and my skills among people, facing them, connecting with them. Not to mention that I participated in every single competition of any kind that was happening in my college be it anything: competitive coding, building a line follower robot, to group discussions, MnM (Roadies of our college) and whatnot. Why?
Participating in all kinds of these things would earn me experiences while teaching me more about myself. Each of them would help me learn, what I am good at, and what interests me more. Something my school never cared about.
And, if I ever found any of those things to be interesting and worth pursuing, I made sure that I went on YouTube to learn more about those skills. That is how I learnt how to debate better. To talk to people. To negotiate. The science of gaining people’s trust. To interact in professional space.
Gradually, learning about all of these things, exploring new sides of me which hitherto then I had never known that they even existed, I had naturally begun to see that I was a person who would have done really good in the management domain.
And, by then I had also realised that getting into engineering was a mistake. Because only I knew how much I was struggling every semester until my last one to make sure that I would not go further down.
Because anyway, anything below 7.50 GPA is not that great in case one wants to go for further studies to get a job at some decent big firm. And, that is the reason why I made the shift. It was a tough choice.
When you have spent years pursuing something believing that it’s your dream, and then you have to leave it, it’s not that easy a choice. But, I made that choice and stuck to it.
The result? Getting into management domain proved to be one of the best career choices I had made in a long time. The person who had been finding it tough to understand even the basic concepts of every single subject in my engineering was now proving to be one of the most active and engaging students in almost every class.
Back in engineering, there would be monologues. The teachers would share the theorems, formulas, theories and whatever. But, nothing was debatable. If you got it, you got it. If you didn’t, you could not question or debate it.
You would have to rote it into your grey matter until the exams came and you shat it all out on the answer sheet. And, that kind of learning sucked. But, in the management domain, I witnessed that I had made a shift from the monologue to the dialogue framework.
Everything, every idea, every theory, it’s all debatable here. I began to enjoy studying after struggling with it for over three years of engineering and even before that when I was preparing for my entrance examinations like a douche.
Getting into MBA was a choice I made because I felt that it would benefit from my strengths and would also help me with my plans.
What plans? To one day be my own boss, be a businessman. What strengths? Writing, reading, leading from the front, public speaking, interest in macroeconomics and public policy and in event management et cetera.
And, it has all proven to be true as of this writing. Also, now getting back to my academic results. Remember how in my last semester of engineering I scored an overall 5.00/10.00 and how I made a big jump from there to 8.63/10.00 in the first semester of my MBA?
If I had been a bad student, my scores would not have seen that big a jump within a semester change. The jump happened because I was now studying a domain, which suited my interests.
The jump happened because I was now studying things which made more sense to me. The jump happened because I was able to add to my studies, relate it to my life and the people around me, and because I could see it’s use in realising my future aspirations.
Sadly, none of that was true about my engineering days.
And, that is the entire story of how I reached the stage when I decided that I am going to pursue MBA after my engineering. That’s my tale. With this post, I have also tried to share how I discovered my unseen sides and abilities, and how they helped me better understand what my future career stream should be like.
I hope this post adds some value to the reader’s perspective and helps them with their lives in some way. Best wishes. Bliss!