Akanksha Rastogi, an architect decided to hone her skills further with an MBA in REUI

08 April 2016

student stories 2016

Akanksha Rastogi
MBA REUI 2014-16
Placed in Innovations at Mahindra Lifespaces

Akanksha had always dreamt of being an independent professional woman. She graduated as an architect and seeing the potential in the real estate industry she decided to further hone her skills by doing a specialized MBA in REUI.
Akanksha shares her learning experience at RICS SBE
The learning experience at RICS SBE has been very engaging and rigorous, requiring one to immerse themselves in the exercises that were given based on the lectures. We were taken on site visits to extract the on ground data from the market sources, learning how to interact with brokers, analysing market trends, developing a keen sense of observation towards a project’s quality and specifications, understanding the consumer expectations by doing surveys and lot more to get the insight of the market and be future ready. In addition, experts from the industry come to the campus and share their experience with us, giving an insight into what the industry expects from us when we join our jobs.
My internship experience
Being at a leading IPC, Knight Frank, working in the Facilities Management vertical, I got a chance to experience first-hand the way of working of an international organization. I learned about the challenges of a penetrating a market ruled by local players and the possible loop holes that could lead to failure in the FM sector if not addressed and planned for on a priority basis. Gaining such insight was possible only because of being able sit and work in the office and be able to interact with senior officials and learn from their experiences.

Placements are taken seriously here!
The placement season began with the pre-placement workshops. The best part was getting a chance to clear my doubts about my career choices by being able to interact with the experts from FM, Marketing and Finance and also the mock interviews which helped a lot in being prepared for the final interview. The image consultancy classes were a huge benefit as it gave an insight to not just managing the interviews but the professional life also. During the placements, my first interview was with CBRE in which I got a chance to implement everything that I had learnt in the workshops and as well as from the classrooms. My second interview opportunity was with Mahindra Lifespaces for an interesting profile of innovation specialist. There was only one interview round and it went very well and I was offered the job role of management trainee in Mahindra Lifespaces.
Breaking barriers in a male dominated industry
Usually girls shy away from making a career in this sector as it is perceived to be a male dominated industry; but I have seen that some of the top leaders in this sector are women. Even though the male to female ratio of my class was 20:1, I believe that if I have sound knowledge and know how to do my work then gender does not make any difference. In fact I think that if your foundation is strong then the industry is pro females. I am quite confident that I will soon be one of the top women leaders in this profession.