MBA student praises virtual studies
Beginning an internationally-respected MBA during a pandemic was ‘highly valuable’ for student Pulkit Verma.
“We are the students who never gave up, experimenting with new ways to work remotely, setting up new milestones and benchmarks. Despite the pandemic, we persevered and overcame all the challenges together,” he said.
“As a budding entrepreneur, I would say being able to work in teams virtually, is a highly valuable skill in the coming age. The University of Adelaide has done a fantastic job in adapting to the new circumstances as I always felt connected with my class.”
It took Mr Verma six years to make the decision to begin his online MBA studies.
Studying from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, India, Mr Verma is a budding entrepreneur so it made sense to study the MBA with the entrepreneurship specialisation.
“I was instrumental in setting up Entrepreneur Café, an international community for budding and veteran entrepreneurs alike, which is now present in around 100 cities across six continents. Through this venture, I met a plethora of entrepreneurs coming from diverse backgrounds. After that, I started a few ventures of my own, where I gained practical experience and realised what entrepreneurship really stands for, i.e., being able to solve problems in an elegant and innovative manner,” he said.
“Now I am pursuing my MBA, specializing in entrepreneurship, to learn all the concepts formally, become better at management and sharpen my existing skills.”
Mr Verma said the degree has so far been very valuable and he has already started applying the concepts he has learnt.
“I have observed the difference it makes. In this University, I have met some erudite academicians and peers with eclectic ideas, with whom I will be working in the near future. In case a good opportunity presents itself, I might even decide to work in a multinational firm for some time, to gain decent experience in management,” he said.
The most enjoyable part thus far has been the active engagement with both fellow students and teachers, according to Mr Verma.
“I have been part of multiple group projects, and worked in teams while being in different time zones. The course presents many avenues of engagement, such as forum discussions, group assignments, presentations, virtual zoom seminars, quizzes and tutorials,” he said.
“All the support services are reliable and very compassionate towards the students,” he said.
Choosing The University of Adelaide was simple for Mr Verma.
“I wanted to be at a place where I can learn about management and practise entrepreneurship in a controlled environment. Adelaide is the headquarters to ThincLab, one of the largest start-up incubators in the southern hemisphere, where I can meet other like minded people and collaborate; Adelaide being one of the very few universities in Australia that can provide me with such an innovative ecosystem, to nurture my ideas. On top of that, Adelaide is the only designated UNESCO city of music in Australia, which was very appealing to me as I produce music in my free time."Pulkit Verma
Mr Verma has advice for anyone thinking of commencing online study.
“To the students commencing their studies online, I would like to say that, always be at your best and stay discipled even if you are at the comfort of your home. Eventually, you will realise that consistency is the key, so don’t slack off! You are studying at one of the best universities of the world, so get ready to challenge yourself and grow on a personal and academic level. The courses are perfectly balanced so the efforts you make in every class will eventually pay off.”
Eventually when the international borders open and Mr Verma arrives in Adelaide, he looks forward to meeting all of the ‘amazing’ people he has met online, in person.
“I am excited to explore the beautiful city of Adelaide and also identify the opportunities available to me as an entrepreneur. Last but not the least, I want to meet creative musicians and artists that come to Adelaide and become part of the vibrant culture,” he said.
Mr Verma is just one of our online MBA students. If you are interested in exploring your potential and undertaking an MBA, get in touch with our MBA team.