Akshay Seshadri

Designation 
Director, SLC
Sector 
Consulting
Work Experience 
7 Years
Previous Company 
Spicejet | EY
WHY PGP? AND WHY ISB?
Constantly changing economic parameters and the increasing impact of globalisation have contributed to the complexity of business, necessitating perpetual re-thinking and adaptation of strategy. The role of finance professionals such as myself has also become proportionately complex. To drive long-term growth and create sustainable value in such a scenario, I felt the need to complement my existing skills with the management skills and transformational experience that ISB’s learning goals, experiential learning opportunities, and emphasis on transformation offer.
WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND FOCUS AREAS THIS YEAR?

As Director of the Student Life Council, my primary responsibility is to enhance the vibrancy of the campus and promote camaraderie.

 

In this wonderful journey of transformation that we have all chosen to undertake together, it is easy to become mired in academics. While these are no doubt important, it is the friendships, networks, and memories that you build here that will stay with you for a lifetime. The SLC’s focus area is to ensure that students do not let themselves burn out and are provided myriad opportunities to lighten up and get together in a social context.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT TO LEARN AND BECOME MORE PROFICIENT AT DURING YOUR STAY AT THE ISB?
I strongly believe that the strength of the PGP lies in the diversity of the cohort, and I am particularly pleased to have met people from backgrounds I would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
 
I would want to direct my learning at honing the skills required to effectively design and execute strategy and sharpening my pre-existing skills in financial management with the vast array of electives ISB offers in these areas.
 
Further, being Director of the SLC gives me the opportunity to work with high functioning peers and jointly coordinating their efforts whilst balancing academics and other aspects of student life, which I believe is a valuable skill for any management role.
WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT ABOUT ISB?
Frame your short-term and long-term goals clearly. Be sure you know what you want to get out of this one year, and what you can bring to the table. Spend time speaking with alumni, and do your homework on the PGP viz the activities you could take up, the structure of the course, potential career paths etc.
 
Once you’re in, ISB has a way of testing and expanding your limits. You would discover skills you never knew you possessed. So fasten your seatbelts and prepare for the ride of a lifetime!