Ishan Bhardwaj

Designation 
Director, OSC
Sector 
Shipping
Work Experience 
5 Years
Previous Company 
Shell
WHY PGP? AND WHY ISB?
My enthusiasm for new challenges, coupled with my consistent all-round performance in sports and academics rewarded me with jobs at leading international energy and shipping companies. I chose to test my problem-solving mindset, and innovative impulse learned in merchant navy at an onshore job before taking a plunge into business education. The experience of managing the company's maiden foray into ports and oil refineries sector enabled me to gain more business-oriented work experience.

My success encouraged me to pursue my goal to work as an operations manager in a leading multinationals such as Unilever and Amazon and eventually reach a leadership role within 5-7 years. To achieve this goal, I need to learn core concepts in finance, marketing, IT, and strategy. Honing my knowledge across business and operations frameworks in a structured manner and experiential environment is vital to accelerate my career growth today.

ISB's global reputation and academic rigor excited me. Courses such as Operations and Project management, Logistics, and supply chain management will provide me knowledge of core business frameworks in the operations domain. Activities under the aegis of ELP and the manufacturing and operations club will provide the ideal setup to use those frameworks to understand and solve the challenges of complex and sophisticated operational environments. Networking and listening to industry leaders in events such as ILS  shall enrich my industry perspectives and professional network. And then, I will gain the 10000-strong alumni network of ISB as the lifelong beacon to guide me on my professional journey.
WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND FOCUS AREAS THIS YEAR?
As a responsible member of the cohort and Director of the Operations and Sustainability Council, I aim to make the ISB Hyderabad campus greener and more energy-efficient. This, along with making the already in place processes more sustainable to enable and ensure a comfortable and safe stay for the ISB community, this year at the Hyderabad campus.

On a personal front, I aim to interact and learn from my peers and alums to ease my transition from a very niche industry to the corporate world.Most importantly, to not get overwhelmed by the pressure and have a good time during the course.
WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT ABOUT ISB?
Enrolling at ISB or an MBA program will be one of the most important decisions of your life. It is a significant investment, both economically and time-wise.Be very sure before taking the plunge, talk to alums, and current student to get your aspirations aligned with the course.This will require immense clarity of thought and being true to yourself.