Class of 2012
Syngenta Crop Protection
Production & Supply Development Associate
Vikrant Rai completed his MBA from the Bryan School of Business and Economics in 2012. Vikrant was part of the Day MBA program and worked in a Co-op internship with Syngenta Crop Protection. Prior to joining the UNCG MBA program, Vikrant completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from the Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology in Mangalore, India.
How did you discover the UNCG MBA and why did you decide to come to UNCG to pursue your MBA?
The Bryan School is a great business school and certain facets about the Bryan MBA program really appealed to me. I wanted to attend a business school with a global business emphasis, which would shape my personal and professional development. Additionally, when I was making the decision on the best school for me, UNCG stood out among the rest. I took into consideration the normal variables, like accreditation, national ranking, class size, cost, experience of the professors, and so on.
For your professional development, how important were the opportunities to gain practical experience while you were in the program (for example, the internship program & the consulting project)?
Getting hands-on experience related to the program of study helped me to stand out from the other candidates. The internship and capstone consulting project enabled me to try out new career alternatives, gain valuable skills, and to put theory into practice. Also, such practical experiences help to decide if the internship is the right job or career. Doing the work and being exposed to the career environment helped me with important career decisions. I found working with the career services staff on a one-on-one basis helpful in finding the specific job I wanted post-graduation.
What did you enjoy most about the UNCG MBA experience? What did you feel were the strengths of the program?
One of the most interesting things was the holistic curriculum the program offered, as it intentionally ties the disciplines together to allow broader, more complete viewpoints to be formed. Moreover, the advantage of a small class is that you develop strong, lasting relationships with your peers. Our class was filled with intelligent and dynamic students who each came with a different background and set of experiences to share. I have learned a great deal from my classmates; they have helped to crystallize the in-class and extracurricular learning that will forever represent my experience in the Bryan MBA program.
How were the support services for international students at UNCG? Did you find UNCG to be an internationally friendly campus?
It’s hard work adjusting to a new culture and a new school, but at UNCG, you don’t do it alone. Support from the International Students Office makes the transition a smooth one. It provides an opportunity to build relationships and networks that stretch across nations.
Looking back on the program & its cost, as an alumnus do you feel that your UNCG MBA was a good investment?
Yes, the Bryan MBA was a good investment. The comprehensive and highly integrated curriculum has resulted in a return on investment that has been extremely high.
What advice do you have for a new student entering the program?
My advice would be to enter the program with an open mind. Assess your own strengths and weaknesses and work on them to make you stronger. From an international perspective, be ready to learn from your American counterparts who are a great source of information and an important network. Coming into the Bryan MBA, be ready to step out of your shell and be vocal in sharing your professional experiences, but at the same time listen and learn from the experiences of your other (possibly more professionally senior) classmates. Take up opportunities offered that extend beyond the MBA program, which many international students do not get to experience as part of their education back home.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Fitness, sports, reading, outdoors