Student Success Stories

IMTians shaping the world- Student success stories of IMT Nagpur : SARTHAK MAHAPATRA (Batch 2005-07) Director – GBS / BPO Advisory at Deloitte

SARTHAK MAHAPATRA (Batch 2005-07)
Director – GBS / BPO Advisory at Deloitte

Looking 10 years back in time, when I was standing at the crossroads of leaving the most coveted engineer job to choosing IMT for MBA, I never knew what I would be doing professionally. I got the initial push to do the project management for a global technology company being posted at Mumbai. New city, new life, some more money in your pocket and new friends changed life from overnight assignments to clubs and parties. The budding personal life gave more confidence to manage the professional work life. I started leading multiple engagements and developing a strong network. This helped me to move to the headquarters in Noida. This presented an opportunity to build newer connects and reconnect with old friends. Almost 4 years passed when things started getting mundane. I was watching a lot of sharp consultants sitting with CXOs and helping them define strategy. I wanted to be one of those. However, each came with a tag of ivy league. Management consultants-as they were known as. I soon figured out that this is what I wanted to do in life, but wasn’t sure how. I kept trying, writing articles, refreshing reading and management fundamentals, trying harder and finally got an opportunity and I managed to get in with one of the Big 4s. On the day of me joining, the first 3 colleagues I met were from IIM-A and IIM-B. I felt proud to say I represented IMT. Time passed I managed large programs. It was soon enough when I got a seat at the table with my first client CFO. From there on, there was no looking back. It feels good to be valued for the suggestions. that you present to your clients based on your experience, case studies and business articles. I have been doing this for the past 6+ years and have worked in 15+ countries so far and I love my job. Though it gets hectic sometimes. It’s part of the game. I live in Zurich, away from my home and parents. If you ask me what I would be doing 5 years from now. I don’t know but two learnings that I wish to share-

  • Keep building your social network
  • Never lose confidence