Suneet Pandey was won over by business schools in continental Europe and has enjoyed a semester abroad and a high profile internship.
Suneet was born and raised in New Delhi, India but for the last five years has been away from home. After graduating from an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi in 2003, Suneet prepared for the Indian Civil Services exam on his father’s insistence. However he says that he soon realised that he wanted to “jump right into the corporate world and spending another year or so on preparation did not seem like a good idea.”
In November 2003 Suneet joined Exl Service, a leading business transformation and outsourcing company, where he stayed for almost 6 years before he realised that he “had worked for too long and needed to reorganise my thoughts and have a new perspective on things. No better way than an MBA!”
Having initially only looked at U.K. and U.S. business schools for the ease of there being no language barrier Suneet decided he was looking for something “more exciting” and the idea of being in continental Europe excited and intrigued Suneet. He discovered Germany’s EBS at a seminar in a hotel in North Delhi which had representatives from business schools from all over the world.
Suneet also found that “the duration of 18 months compared to one year in U.K. and two years in U.S. also seemed to fit in nicely. Additionally, the exchange semester at EBS was very interesting, something not possible in the other schools. The 100% tuition scholarship ended up being the icing on the cake!”
The ‘icing on the cake’ scholarship was the Peter-Horvath-Foundation scholarship which was awarded on a number of factors such as work-experience, GMAT, IELTS, personal interviews and the need for financing the studies.
Suneet found studying in Germany to be a great experience, “I learned a lot about the culture, people, and the region in general. It always helps to travel and know things and break the stereotype.”
But one of Suneet’s “best decisions” during his time in Europe was to take a semester abroad in Warsaw, Poland. He says that “even though most people were surprised by my choice, it turned out to be an exhilaring experience from a number of counts. I made some great friends, learned a lot about the people and the culture, and in total I give the place a ’10 out of 10’!”
The EBS career service informed Suneet of the availability of an internship at the Federal-Mogul, one of the world’s leading engine parts suppliers. This internship was a great experience where Suneet had “a first-hand account of the German way of working and the pursuit of excellence in every task assigned.”
Suneet sees his future in the management or financial consulting industry in Germany. “I have made a lot of great friends in the region and would like to spend some more time travelling with them. It feels like I have some unfinished business there!”