ALUMNI SUCCESS

ALUMNI SUCCESS

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Ravi Kiran Vankayala

Studying at SMU enabled me to enhance my knowledge and compete in the industry.

Studying at SMU enabled me to enhance my knowledge and compete in the industry.

Ravi Kiran Vankayala Studying at SMU enabled me to enhance my knowledge and compete in the industry. When: — Where: Category:

A story of success

Pass Out Year: 12-Feb
Current Organization: Vodafone South Ltd.
Current Designation: Senior Executive Finance

 

Coming from a middle class family with meagre income, higher education seemed like a dream. After completion of my B.Com I was in search of job opportunities because I needed to pitch in to support my family. For 2 years I struggled to get a good job. I had only a graduate degree, not a Masters. Need for a Masters degree to advance in career.

In November 2000 I got my first break to work with Asian Paints (I) ltd. Joined as an Accounts Executive. I worked hard but could not see career growth for myself. After marriage it became even more necessary to do my post graduation. But I couldn’t find the time to do a full time course due to work and family commitments. In May 2004 I moved to Apollo tyres as a District Commercial In charge. I soon realized this job was similar to my job in Asian Paints; no change in my career graph! I then worked for a year with PepsiCo as a Sales Accountant. Same road block! Even after joining Vodafone as an Accounts Executive and getting one promotion I could not see any major career growth. In 2010 one of my family friends referred me to the distance education program with Sikkim Manipal University.

I was guided thru the entire format at the counseling centre. After registering for the MBA program, I studied hard. I found the study material so easy to follow. I had time to do my routine activities as well. Overall, my study period was very enriching and helped enhance my knowledge a lot. I successfully completed MBA in Feb 2012 with all the support of SMU-DE faculty. My thought process improved and so did my communication and business management skills! I can clearly see my career graph moving upwards in the coming days.