Posted by Srividya Ram
When I was in my college years, I thought that IIMs in India are the best educational institutes and anyone who is graduating/studying in IIM are extraordinary. Probably this perception (!!) was mostly the result of being parented by two profs at home!! Education, University and all those academic related stuff was really overrated at home and was default given the highest priority!!. I still believe they are important, but then the past twenty years have taught me that it solely depends on how an individual is utilizing the education he got in his life!
Over the last twenty years, I have slowly realized that an individual’s capability to face real life situations is not much to do with the educational institute he/she has graduated from – may be, this is after the careful analysis of the IIM graduates whom were my bosses, my reports and my colleagues – i very strongly believe now that an individual’s learning is mostly determined by how open he is for new ideas, his level of risk taking and interpersonal skills, than by who taught him/her and where he/she graduated from.
My belief was reinforced today, when i came across this article about Siddarth ” what all this IIMA grad learnt after his degree”. A very inspiring true life story! I am adding his book “EAGLE SPOTTED, MESSAGE DECODED” into my list of books to read!
Life definitely is the best teacher ever!! And we ought to be thankful it gives us all these experiences to make us complete!
To quote Siddarth, “There were many lessons from IIM-A that might have helped me during my crisis. It teaches you to deal and live in pressure, race against time and win most times. But one thing that come to my mind when I look back at my years at IIM-A, I feel my course would have been complete if I was also taught life skills. How to deal with people and their inflated egos, how to lead and make people see the bigger picture as you see it. Education needs to go beyond careers, placements and packages”.
Good luck, Siddarth and Nidhi! God Bless!!