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Gaurav will start with Deloitte as a senior consultant after graduation.
Gaurav will start with Deloitte as a senior consultant after graduation.

Countdown to Commencement – Gaurav Singh

As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we spent some time with a few full-time MBA soon-to-be graduates to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College for their MBA program, and what they plan to do with their degrees after May 5.

Meet Gaurav Singh. Gaurav is from Faridabad, Haryana (India) and earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology in India. He describes himself as one who can stay in touch with his basics no matter where he goes and illustrates with the analogy - “Sitting on a pool table and playing a stroke, one leg midair, another touching ground.” Before Tech, Gaurav worked with Harman International as a program manager by day and as a runway model by night. During the summer of 2016 he interned at Ericsson in Atlanta and will start with Deloitte as a senior consultant after graduation.  

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?  
At Ericsson, I project managed a team of nine to compete against 112 interns across the U.S., and won 1st place in the annual intern showcase competition. The project was titled “IoT Park Build” and the learning will help Ericsson build connected devices, with the ultimate goal of building an IoT ecosystem for potential clients. Additionally, I managed to secure a Co-op with Ericsson for two additional semesters, and have been the only person in my class to do so. Skills that I built at my workplace and as a part of my modeling assignments helped me a great deal during my business school. For example, networking and facing the camera helped me build a stronger outlook in terms of connecting with people, while also leading and working with teams.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career?
Graduating as an engineer, I started my career with Infosys Ltd. as a software developer. However, some of my initial assignments pointed to my natural ability in analysis and management. I made a life changing decision to switch my career path and haven’t been happier since. I made my way to the firm’s corporate planning business unit. Consequently, I was selected to lead operations for Infosys’s biggest client account ($500M), moving to London shortly after, on client request. Furthermore, I utilized my UK network and found a consultant role in London.

Moreover, alongside my professional career, I managed a retail company startup, leading a team of over 200 people and generating revenues of over $15K in less than a month, and pursued fashion modeling with big commercial fashion houses such as London and Milan Fashion Week.

Who was your favorite MBA professor?
Charles Mulford. His way of teaching accounting is incredible. I loved how he made the subject unbelievably interesting for a person without a related background.

What was your favorite MBA Course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
Operations Management. I learned that it is vital to have a good command over your processes, for they form the backbone of your business. Mastering your supply chain and supplementing it with emerging technologies could give you a strong competitive advantage in the market.

Why did you choose the Scheller College of Business?
Scheller was perfect for me, in that it blends technology and business in a manner that makes it appealing for someone with a strong technology background and a sharp interest in acquiring business acumen.

Scheller’s small class size works great for me with the close and healthy interactions amongst peers and lecturers.

What did you enjoy most about business school in general?
Unmatched exposure and networking opportunities with the who’s who of multiple industries and firms, along with surprisingly good food and beverages.

What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller’s MBA program?
Be yourself and believe in yourself. B-schools are interested in knowing the real you, not an image you would try and put up in order to impress them. Having clarity of thought and goals helps you find that perfect match. This is a win-win: you find a school that would help you achieve your goals and you are value add to the school.

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…”
I was five years old, and I saw my father pursuing an evening MBA along with his full time job, while still managing a household of six people, without ever complaining about it. Back then I didn’t know what an MBA meant, I just heard the term from my father, only to realize later what its actual significance was.
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal?
To apply my lifelong learning from people, my education and my work experience to my start up and expand it across the globe.

Who would you most want to thank for your success?
My parents, without a doubt. They have been around to support me during every struggle in life, while they have never let me feel or be a part of their struggles when I was growing up.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
A person who maintains and lives by the word “balance”.


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