It was a dull, humid Sunday evening and despite the dullness in air, there was a buzz of excitement among the students of MBA2013 and 2012, who had gathered in front of canteen of Hall 8. We were all very eager to meet Mr. Shamim Akhtar, an alumnus of MBA, batch of 2007, from IIT Kanpur. He has worked in SBI Caps for 3 years after his MBA and is currently working in Arab National Bank in Saudi Arabia.
After a wait of around 15 minutes, Mr. Shamim – a very young looking, smartly dressed person - reached the canteen. He was quickly introduced to us by a student from our senior batch after which we all settled in a circle in the open air and the much awaited informal session with him began. After a self intro, he was bombarded with questions from everybody who had gathered. He patiently explained to us the career path he chose and how he had crafted it through the MBA course and means of various certifications. He discussed with us the importance of various certifications highlighting mainly the Finance related certifications. He also enlightened us about the kind of job and works that MBA graduates are offered in banks. He explained this to us through means of various examples quoted from his own job experience in the 2 banks that he had worked with. We also cleared our doubts about the impact of down rating the US on India and how this would impact our job opportunity, especially in Finance sector.
His focus then shifted to the existing course structure offered in MBA at IIT Kanpur and discussed pros and cons of it with us. During our conversation, he reminisced his days in our campus. He vividly remembers all faculties who had taught him and every detail of his college days.
He instilled in us a lot of positive energy and enlightened us about the path ahead. Shamim had set an exemplary behavior before us by showing an active involvement with his Alma-mater ever since he passed out in 2007. After one and a half hours of a very fruitful interactive session, it was finally time to bid him ‘goodbye’.
Contributed by :
Lead - Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations, PR & Media Cell
MBA 1st Year, IIT Kanpur