Rohit Kochhar is a 24 year old Masters of International Business student from Delhi, India. He completed his bachelors degree in Business Administration.
"My parents and my brother taught me a strong work ethic – to aim high, work hard and value your relationships."
Q: Tell us about your hometown, where you grew up...What makes it special in your eyes?
A: "Next station: Rajiv Chowk". You can hear an announcement on the metro train that shakes commuters with their eyes filled with expectation of overpowering crowd. I pack my stuff and follow my military posture, knowing that doorway to hell will open. The trick is to take a deep breath and cut into incoming human swarm. Put your guard down and you'll be thrown backwards. Welcome to the busiest subway station in the capital city of second most populous country in the world. On the streets there are skyscrapers, horns and symphonies, with pedestrian views alike. The city does not wait for anyone. This is New Delhi. This is my hometown, Delhi (or “Dilli,” as we Delhiites like to call it). Delhi is also foodies’ paradise, one thing you will find common in all the Delhiites is their love for food.
It’s difficult to express my love affair with this city in words alone. A feeling which demands experience to be truly understood. Spent my 23 years of life from being born to leaving for Australia is enough to explain why it is special.
Q: Who/what were your biggest influences growing up? What did you learn from them?
A: The most influential people in my life have always been the people closest to me. My parents and my brother taught me a strong work ethic – to aim high, work hard and value your relationships. My brother inspires me the most, even studying abroad was an inspiration from him. Opinions of my brother I trust the most. He constantly inspires me to achieve more and more.
Q: You were really close to joining your brother at the University of Auckland before being accepted to UniMelb, talk to us about how that whole situation unfolded?
A: Joining Unimelb was a funny story, incidentally until 1 week after the course started I still wasn’t an official student of Unimelb, I was packing my bags to catch a flight to Auckland with my mind firmly set on graduating a master program from the University of Auckland, with the paper work all done it was only a matter of days I caught a flight to Auckland but as fate would have it I received my acceptance letter from the Unimelb and my life changed. And few weeks later I found myself finding an apartment in Melbourne, which is funny story for another time.
"I always knew I wanted to do something in the international sphere. Keeping this aspiration in mind I knew I had to move out of India to gain as much as international experience as I could."
Q: Why Master of International Business?
A: I grew up into a family of Business, getting into business was not something I had to think about. Although I may have grown into family of business, I had to earn my way into it, this the reason why I choose to get some work experience for myself, fortunately for me I found myself an opportunity to work with Paytm, one of India’s booming startups, where I really learned my trade, after completing a year in the firm I realized that I need to gain more experience in the international market. Although I did dream of being part of my dad’s business or taking over someday, I always knew I wanted to do something in the international sphere. Keeping this aspiration in mind I knew I had to move out of India to gain as much as international experience as I could. After researching thoroughly, I realized UniMelb was the perfect fit for me and my aspirations. With the boom of globalization in business I realized that what lies ahead for me was a course that was a perfect culmination of globalization and business which brought me to the Master of International Business, and I can gladly say I am a part of this course.
Q: What have you enjoyed the most about being at UniMelb after one year?
A: To be frank, year and a half at UniMelb has been a rollercoaster of Happiness, Anger, Surprise, Self-realization, all the emotions we can think of. I’ve found amazing friends, from all over the world & can see them in my life for a very long time. And getting involved in projects, volunteer stuff, or some activity apart from academics is something which I have and been enjoying in UniMelb. Overall the ride has been amazing, now I’m almost heading into my fourth and final Semester, expecting new turns or maybe barrel rolls.
Q: What has been more challenging than you anticipated?
A: I would say, being back as a Student after two years of work life. I did anticipate it to be easy as it was only two years that I completed my bachelors but sitting through the traditional lectures was sometimes difficult. I couldn’t wait to get out of my seat, move around, share my thoughts, and interact with my peers.
"I’m looking for challenges which will push me, stretch my limits and teach me more about the industry, develop new networks and my leadership capabilities."
Q: With one semester left in your degree, what has been your most valuable class?
A: Most valuable class I would say Project Management. I normally get bored if I keep on doing repetitive work again and again (as my first job Recruitment), and such feeling brought me to master’s program and after completing this subject I realized this is what I want to do, challenge in every new project you get, something new that you need to learn every time to achieve the goal of the project. Having gone through this subject, I have gained some understanding on the core project management processes which have raised my confidence levels in managing complex projects from the onset to closure.
Q: You’re one of the newest members of the Peers of UniMelb team, what are you looking forward to the most about getting involved with this project?
A: I’m always eager to learn new things, challenge myself and ready to take up opportunities like “Peers of UniMelb”. Although, I do have a fear of missing out on something which can bring better out of me. Plus getting to know different individuals and their stories and even sharing it, is perfect for me who believes to build a positive community. Devoting myself to such projects would improve my networks, skills, and would lead to finding good friends. (Like Matt)
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