“My Broad MBA instilled unparalleled confidence and knowledge in me and prepared me to take on the toughest challenges in life. On the job, I feel I am better or equally equipped [compared to] my peers from other top U.S. and global B-schools.”
Broad alumnus Puneet Aggarwal, based in Bangalore as a Finance Manager for Amazon, couldn’t be happier with his school. He professes, “Earning my MBA at Broad is the best decision I ever made in my life. I cannot speak enough about Broad’s profound contribution to my career. Broad honed my teamwork and leadership skills, [preparing] me for better, challenging corporate roles in some of the best companies in business.”
As a member of Amazon’s retail systems finance team, Aggarwal is an advocate for retail priorities in every stage of the company’s retail systems development. He and his teammates focus on understanding the retail teams’ priorities, the systems support needed to increase productivity, and how to use tools to drive better decision-making. His 5-year goal is advancing to a finance or business development director role leading a specific geographic unit or new business segment.
Upon completing his MBA, Aggarwal joined Bloomberg Inc. as Equity Fundamentals Analyst. He then settled back in India, becoming a member of the corporate strategy team at GMR Infrastructure, a leading developer. There, he coordinated with senior leadership in the developing, monitoring, and reporting of annual operating plans as well as 3- and 10-year strategic plans.
Prior to earning an MBA, Aggarwal had no formal education or work experience in the financial industry. He explains how Broad enabled his career switch, “Broad was unique in providing an environment that was sensitive toward each student’s varied needs. It encouraged bold, independent thinking and…I felt I could choose any career path if I had the conviction and was tenacious.”
Outside of the program, Aggarwal never doubted his abilities. He says, “My Broad MBA instilled unparalleled confidence and knowledge in me and prepared me to take on the toughest challenges in life. On the job, I feel I am better or equally equipped [compared to] my peers from other top U.S. and global B-schools.”
In class and off campus, Aggarwal felt great camaraderie. He recalls, “The MSU community was a home away from home. My memories are of chatting away with friends and heartfelt laughter at the end of a long day at school. There wasn’t a day you would feel left out—even in the toughest times, there were friends, colleagues, and the ever-supportive Broad staff who would always stand by you.”
Broad’s intensive program made Aggarwal think multi-dimensionally. Beyond classroom learning, Aggarwal worked on real-world problems in case competitions, had industry visits, and attended career fairs while juggling family commitments. He attests, “The overall experience changed me, challenged me, and helped me grow to a new level of self-efficacy and effectiveness.”
On a personal level, Aggarwal believes his Broad MBA was “a great exercise in self-discovery,” opening his outlook toward new cuisines, cultures, and work environments.