Sriram Ramadurai
“The experience collaborating with aspirational classmates, learning from world-renowned faculty, and managing work, family (with a newborn), and a career change has defined my future approach to challenges. I am inspired to take on even bigger things going forward in both my personal and professional life.”
Marketing Manager
Omron Automation

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2014
Industry:
Industrial Automation

Prior Education:

Clemson University
Electrical Engineering, 2002
Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Nationality:
India

Reflections

Fuqua raised my achievement expectations to the next level by the quality of professionals I was fortunate to learn from. Two members of my first team had a financial background. One was a bond analyst and the other a financial advisor. Coming from an engineering background, I had never been exposed to someone directly involved in analyzing corporations financially who had actually participated in quarterly calls with companies. Their knowledge of financial accounting helped me appreciate the nuances of the field of finance and accounting and gave me a broader insight into other functional groups in business.

Before Fuqua

Managed a product development team of electrical engineers for a manufacturer of steel cutting machines serving industries such as shipbuilding, defense, and metal fabrication. My role was primarily technical project management rather than managing the commercial aspects of our products.

After Fuqua

At Omron I work on the commercial side of the business marketing industrial products used in automating factories across the Americas. I devise P&L strategy for hardware and software products targeting trends in industries including automotive, food & beverage packaging, and semiconductors.

5 Tips for Attempting a Career Change

  1. Connect with one of Fuqua's career coaches early.
  2. Attend all Career Management Center (CMC) programs, even if they're scheduled after a long day. Beyond gaining pertinent information, you'll meet other students looking to make a transition who can provide you with advice and resources.
  3. When reaching out to alumni or other connections, be clear in your intentions and what you bring to the table.
  4. Navigating a career change, even with help from the CMC and your years of industry experience, isn't easy. Have a Plan B in case you have to rule out your Plan A.
  5. It may be easier to make a career change within your current organization, so start networking at the beginning of your MBA.

Weekend Executive MBA

Top Areas of Career Focus

IT (16%)
Financial Services (14%)
Health Care/Health Services (10%)
Manufacturing/Operations (9%)
Sales/Business Development (8%)
Consulting (8%)

Typical Class Demographics
Weekend Executive MBA

Age Range

36

Work Experience

11 years

Students with Advanced Degrees

32%

Women

27%

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