Mayur Saxena relocated thousands of miles from India to Italy for an MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano, where Fortune 500 firms recruit on campus.
At MIP, he was introduced to Amazon’s Pathways program, a three-year leadership development program for MBA grads. He applied for the program on campus. He networked with Amazon executives on campus. He interviewed and got the job on campus.
Before MIP, Mayur had never worked outside of India. As a software engineer, he saw the one-year MIP MBA as a gateway to an international career in business. Now, he’s working as an operations manager at Amazon in the UK.
He owes it all to the MIP MBA. Last year, the MIP’s career development office held 25 business seminars, organized nine on-campus recruitment events, and involved over 280 companies with MBA project work.
96% of MIP MBA students seeking employment land new jobs within six months of graduation. 55% of new job opportunities are found by the school.
How did the job at Amazon come about?
Amazon came on campus at MIP and presented on the Pathways program back in February. That was a wonderful opportunity for us to get in touch with Amazon’s senior management.
I applied for the program and got shortlisted for an interview. Then, in May, Amazon came back on campus to conduct the interviews. I had all my interview rounds on same day and, within one hour of my last interview, I got the sweet news: ‘You’re hired!’
How were you supported by the school?
The support I received from the school was tremendous. I got in touch with Amazon because of the efforts of MIP’s career development office. I wouldn’t be here in Swansea, working for Amazon in a leadership role, if it wasn’t for my MBA at MIP.
What does Amazon look for in its MBA job applicants?
There is no fit stereotype that Amazon look for. If you believe that the best way to know a business is to work your way up from the bottom, then Amazon is the right place for you.
The common denominator among Amazonians is that they’re all customer obsessed and have an analytical mindset. During the interviews, they want to get to know you as a person, gain an understanding of your experience and how you may share their core values. The more self-aware you are, the easier the interview will be.
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at MIP in Italy?
I wanted to learn how to apply sound management principles to problems at the intersection of my two passions; business and technology.
MIP’s curriculum is designed for students to have maximum inter-disciplinary exposure. Having a smaller class size was also an advantage, meaning I could get ample discussion time with the professors.
And I was still able to get exposure to 20 or more different nationalities, allowing me to understand the nuances of different cultures and develop a balanced perspective on global management.
What advice do you have for Indian MBA applicants looking to do the same?
Embrace the Italian culture. Italians are closer to Indians than any other European culture. Italian people are well known for being welcoming, sociable, and indulgent. And Italian culture has influenced art, architecture, music and cuisine all around the world. It’s one of a kind.
What should applicants think about when deciding to do an MBA?
Candidates must do a thorough self-assessment before opting for MBA. Once you recognize the area you need to improve the most to be a successful leader or the sector you want to work in, opt for the business school that is renowned for its connections in that particular sector. And try to contact alumni for first-hand feedback on the program.