As I look out of the huge glass windows from the dungeons, I notice that leaves have started to change colors. The last few days have been cold and rainy. This time marks a transition both in the weather and our time here at IMD. As you might have noticed, there has been a bit of silence from the class bloggers of late. We have all been extremely caught up post the discovery trips. Yes … It’s September and it’s the time when we start job hunting. The energy in the air is palpable and we can sense excitement, anticipation and anxiety all at the same time as we send applications, meet recruiters and interview.

We had several company presentations in the month of August and sessions from alumni with tips about application strategies, interview techniques etc. This was followed by the career fair last week and we had more companies today on campus. Most of us have figured out what we really want to do and have a structured approach to applying and interviewing. Some of us are a step closer to what we want and others are still a bit far away. But as they say Optimism is the Faith that leads to Achievement.

On that note I would want to share a few lines from Rudyard Kipling, which I have read through the years in good times and difficult ones, and hope it gives energy and optimism to all of us as batch.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

I know that I have been brief in my last post and this one but I promise to write a detailed post about the next few days of my journey at IMD. Till the next time …


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