A Not So Common Journey From Engineering to MBA |Ansu Joseph

About Ansu Joseph:

Ansu is an MBA student at TAPMI, Manipal. An Electronics engineer who is now actively pursuing a career in marketing. She has a passion for public speaking. The stage is her where she feels the most alive.

So Ansu, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“I have absolutely no idea sir” is what I always wanted to answer. But priorities always made me say some fancy sentences as a reply. I still don’t know how it makes sense to ask someone this question and it is either corona or my life that proved my doubt to be right.

6 years ago, I started my college life in an engineering college that I still believe I spent the best 4 years of my life. From the first day onwards, my aim was to get placed in a core electronics company as electronics was my major. Along with the college activities, happened an induction program for IEEE. I was excited to join the organization as I thought volunteering for IEEE will add value to my CV. But what it had for me was something big!

Though I tried my best to get the attention of my seniors in IEEE branch of my college, I failed every time. There were juniors whom they were fond of or at least I felt like that. I started losing my interest in volunteering for IEEE. My only motivation was the tea and vada that we got in plenty after every session.

Towards the end of the second year, I noticed a volunteer call for the IEEE fair, which later I realized was the turning point in my life. I volunteered for the job fair, did a great amount of hard work, and from there whatever I once wished if I could do, came towards me.

Along with responsibilities and recognition came a lot of learning and hardships, but life was getting interesting day by day. I had to go through instances that I never thought will happen in my life. I experienced what it actually takes to come out of the comfort zone and work. I also realized that I was not that good in certain areas and I need to work hard to be better.

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Volunteering in IEEE also made me realize an important thing, that I can be a better manager than being an engineer. I whose only aim was to get into a core company started changing my plans and by the end of 3rd year, I was determined that MBA is my career path.

Getting into a B school also was not that easy.  Cracking CAT with a decent score will be probably one of the hardest things that I have done in my life! But I always believed in hard work and to my surprise, I ended up in TAPMI.

Once you are in a B school, the thing that only matters at the end of the 2 years is neither your committee nor your marks but your placement ( at least according to me). Now that I am in a B school, like every other student, I too wanted to get into a good company. The warning from our seniors ” try to get placed before Diwali break” was humming in my head every time.

Luckily, I got into Titan, which I still wonder how!. I have all the reasons to spoil the interview process, heavy fever, sore throat and I was freezing inside the AC room. I remember running to the doctor soon after the interview. But luckily, I could intern in Titan, which is like a dream come true.

It felt like an honor to intern in Titan, interacting with many people and learning from them. Many of them were kind enough to call me on the last day of my internship and wish me all the best. That was like the most heartwarming gesture I have ever received.

That’s where I am now. It feels like all the best things that have happened in my life were unexpected. Or should I say they were the best things because I never expected any of them to happen? Life never went easy on me and I have always wondered when can I sit back and relax thinking I’m comfortable now. But the moment I get such free time, I realize that I’m not programmed to find happiness in being comfortable.

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After all what fun it is if there are no targets and challenges in life? Once you have tasted how it feels to complete something really difficult and important, that sense of accomplishment is like an addiction that will drive you to take up more and more responsibility. 

The road I took was always difficult, filled with lots of adventures and miseries but the hope that one day I will find the light at the end was the only motivation that still leads me to continue this journey. To a better life with lots of challenges…….

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”


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