The first term of the MBA program was a wild rollercoaster. It started slowly but sped up so quickly that now it seems as though it finished too soon. And even though it had many ups and downs, twists and turns, the entire ride was nothing less than thrilling.
The MBA at Imperial starts with each student being assigned to what they call a “Syndicate Team”. There are 12 teams in our batch with 5-6 people in each team. The MBA Programme Team takes a call on the composition of the syndicate teams with the motive of each team consisting of people from different countries, backgrounds and experiences; the students play no role in deciding their team members. Your assigned group has people you have to work with, almost nonstop, for six months on all projects ranging from marketing to economics.
I was lucky enough to be placed in a team with high calibre yet humble individuals. We call ourselves Team 9 -Iron & Wine. Though we named ourselves “Iron & Wine” initially without much thought and debate, I feel it actually suits us quite well- as strong as iron and as smooth as wine. The perfect combination, the six team members – an Irish, a British, an Australian, an Indonesian and two Indian students, with varied experiences in law, marketing, accounting, headhunting, finance and engineering, sounded just too good to be true.
This term taught me to step out of my comfort zone in ways I could not have imagined. And I think half of it wouldn’t have been possible if I was working alone. One of the best parts about working with a team is one member’s shortcomings may be compensated for by another member, giving us an opportunity to learn from each other. Our team won the award for “Best Analysis” for the Organisational Behaviour project. We got a certificate each and 100 pounds to celebrate on a group dinner, which we did on a fancy meal at an Indian food restaurant.
You know you’re a strong team when you’re there for each other during the bad times as well as the good. During the week of our final submissions and presentations, I was faced with sad news in my family for which I had to fly back home to India and the only thing each member of the team said to me was, “We’ve got your back, do what you have to do and don’t worry about anything else.” And it was the just the thing I needed to hear at the time.
And as 2016 draws to end, I am grateful for having had the opportunity of working with this set of people who inspire me in more ways than one. Thank you Team 9, I owe this term to you! Looking forward to an even better 2017 together.