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By Krishna Bhat

Get to know Krishna Bhat, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: Mechanical Engineer turned Social Impact activist turned HR Executive, I can define my life by the amazing people I have spoken to during it. Excited to spend this year having infinite conversations about the way we work, and how we can try to shape the corporate culture of tomorrow.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Human Resources

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Human Capital Consulting

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: St Hugh’s

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Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
At the start of my career, I was an intern asked to complete a bunch of rigorous processes, just picking up data via one software, dumping it into excel, comparing with older data and preparing a regular daily and weekly report. At some point I decided to try to automate my job, by using Excel macros, and a month later I had become a VBA guru and was automating Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook to convert a 4-5 hour long workday into some clicks and observations over 30 minutes.

I wanted to share this achievement with everyone, I wanted to shout from the rooftops “Guys, just learn some simple skills and you can save yourself loads of time and effort!” However everyone around me seemed quite okay with repetitive and fixed processes. It showed me that culture means so much in a corporate environment, and I wanted to do something about it.

My career since then has been spent trying to tell people that by learning just a little, they can change a lot. I had to learn new skills throughout my career in HR and when the opportunities for doing new things dried up it was time for me to look for new horizons. It hasn’t been easy to get here, but every step of the way became so much easier once I said to myself – “This is possible!”

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I got my admit in October last year, and all I have done since then is try to absorb the absolute onslaught of information that has been coming in from students and alumni of SBS. The telegram group has grown from 45 to a mind-boggling 300+ and every day I learn something in conversations with people (Today Richard Hayward helped me get started on case interviews!).
So many things are happening at Oxford, even with COVID-19, that it is near impossible to get everything I want fitted into a single day. I tried to prioritize my objectives from the course before coming here, but it is becoming clear that everything is subject to change during this experience.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
Lifelong connections with amazing people, and memories galore from the obscenely beautiful city of Oxford. Every person I have spoken to so far has had a unique and inspirational story, and if all I get from this place is conversations, it would still be worth it.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
An alum told me “Just chill out and do your best, you don’t have to do everything!” and that advice has helped me have some semblance of an organized schedule during launch week!

Q6. Do you have any advice about the Oxford MBA application process for candidates thinking of applying?
Too many students look at SBS as just another European B-School and I request every single applicant to take a while to ponder why they want to be here specifically. The cohort at Oxford is diverse, unique, and quite non-standard. Most people who got in here didn’t apply to most other programs because no other program is exactly like this one.

If your reason to come to Oxford is crystal clear right at the onset, the rest of the application process will be a breeze.

Q7. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to? 
I just signed up for the Ideation Lab, and the new Oxford Leaders of Change Alliance, and I am excited to build a platform to generate real conversations about leadership in crisis and to learn about what leadership means for people all over the world.

Q8. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Creating a new curriculum and learning framework within COVID restrictions and navigating a post-COVID job market are the obvious challenges for this program. For me personally, the logistics of meeting so many people in just one year seems quite daunting, and I hope I can make it work!

On a fun note, I have challenged myself to try out and review as much of Oxford’s famous eats as possible in this one year, and my latest meal at The Ivy was just superb!

Q9. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
At this stage in my career I am focussing my efforts on learning from the people around me, and every day I realize that just by speaking to people at Oxford I am able to broaden my horizons and think about things in a new light. Conversations with non-MBA students at my college has been the highlight of this month, having attended college events for the first time!
Post the MBA I hope I can have such conversations with people from every sphere of life, and just spread the simple knowledge that the diversity at Oxford has enabled me to gather. Diversity truly is one of our greatest strengths, and sharing the experiences of my fellows in the university has the potential to change the world.


Q10. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
Student Council, the Consulting OBN and the Impact Lab are all very exciting!


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