‘If it is to be, it is up to me,’ is the mantra Mudit Desai lives by. That’s why, with eyes set on the Gold Class Certification of Project Manager Professional (PMP), Mudit quit his job as Mechanical Design Engineer and got back to academia. Not only did he earned the prestigious certification Post- MBA from Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) because of the consistent hard work and dedication, but he also built a career that took him to the US where he now works as Consulting Project Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. ‘MBA taught me how to live a life,’ he says. We gain insights into Mudit’s learning experience.
Mudit’s power-packed journey began as an engineer engaged in developing customized products for the hydropower industry. But ‘the world opened to him and became more vivid,’ after he enrolled for the management programme at JGBS. He delved deep into diverse activities on campus to optimize that experience. He was a member of Octaphi, The Operations Management Club, and actively focused on research. Working with his team, he published the paper ‘A Speculative Study on Skill Gaps in Logistics Industry – Indian Perspective’ to much acclaim.
According to Mudit, the MBA experience has been a catalyst in his journey. ‘The business management education at JGBS was instrumental in laying the foundation of my success story. Education provides students the flexibility and skills needed to succeed in the ever-changing business world,’ he highlights the value additions to his profile. In 2013, he completed his MBA in Operations Management & Marketing and started the second innings of his career on the front foot. Thus began his journey as a successful Project Manager.
Mudit impressed right from the word go in his role at Vijay Tanks and Vessels for Reliance Industries on its mega-expansion project at Jamnagar. He successfully led the project and delivered 103 pieces of factory-fabricated process equipment within the stipulated timeframe. Since then, he has gone on to hold many interesting profiles, including Technical Assistant to the CEO of Elecon Engineering Company Ltd. Mudit revels in roles that involve identifying gaps in organizations and finding solutions to make them more productive.
It’s important for management professionals to know the pulse of the industry. Mudit clearly does, as he was quick to realize the significance of Business Analytics in our time. He received his Data Analytics certification from Montgomery College, and has made data analysis and representation one of his strong points. His business strength areas are complemented by his areas of interest. As an accomplished oil-on-acrylic painter, Mudit’s work has been showcased in several exhibitions. He has also led the ‘Caring and Sharing Vadodara’ programme, a non-profit organization, and actively organized blood donation camps.
Whether it’s driving his career goals or participating in community service, Mudit is quick to take the initiative. That’s the quality that also makes him a successful Project Manager.