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Student Spotlight: Nitish Bhagia – Travel Enthusiast Consultant (UCLA Anderson Class of 2019)

This post is a part of the Student Spotlight series where we highlight a current Anderson student or alum to learn about his/her experiences at Anderson. 

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Nitish Bhagia

UCLA Anderson MBA Class:
Class of 2019

Mumbai, India

Undergraduate Studies: 
Mumbai University –
Information Technology

Pre-MBA Career: 
Deloitte Consulting –
Technology Consultant

Post-MBA Goals:
Strategy Consulting

Q. Introduce yourself to your classmates!

A. Travel Enthusiast, Sports Lover and Beer Fanatic! I’ve spent most of my life living in Mumbai. I had been working as a technology consultant at Deloitte for the past 3.5 years. I enjoy backpacking solo and have traveled to several countries in Eastern/Central Europe and South-East Asia. Being an Indian, I am a big cricket fan and love playing the game as well. Have represented my firm in several corporate cricket competitions. I play a bit of soccer as well and am a die hard ‘Liverpool F.C’ fan.

Q. What are your short-term and long-term career goals?

A. My short term goal post my MBA would be to get into a prestigious strategy consulting firm. Having worked with Public Sector clients, as a technology consultant, over the past three and a half years, I know that this is where my interest lies. However, I want to be part of the team that gets business for the firm, which interacts with clients, understands their problems and comes up with a solution. I want to apply the skills and knowledge gained at Anderson along with my experience in the public sector to attain my short term goals.In the long term, I see myself grow in the Strategy Consulting space, implementing my on-the-job learning to challenge myself and work with a diverse array of clients not restricted to the public sector.

Q. Why did you decide to attend UCLA Anderson — #whyAnderson?

A. An MBA with a specialization in Consulting at UCLA Anderson would be the perfect launch pad for my journey. With one of the best Career Centers in the US – Parker Career Management Center (CMC), Anderson provides ample opportunities to students to land their dream job. Their career services and interview prep teams are unparalleled. UCLA Alumni are well placed all across the globe. All the Anderson alumni that I interacted with, were very proud of the Anderson/UCLA brand and that spoke volumes about the school in itself. Networking is essential for an MBA graduate to succeed in his/her field and LA provides the best opportunities for students to meet with and observe actual industry specialists on the job. With its academic resources, alumni network, strategic location, strong career services, emphasis on team-work, study groups and case method approach to learning, Anderson was the most obvious choice for me.

Q. What are you most excited about at UCLA Anderson?

A. At Anderson I am most excited about working on Applied Management Research projects, which would help me better understand real world global management problems and solve key strategic issues. I really look forward to being a part of the Management Consulting Association. With help from their Interview Prep teams and Case Interview workshops, I look forward to representing Anderson in several Case Competitions. Last, but not the least, getting to attend B-school in as picturesque and as strategic a location such as Los Angeles is only a dream come true.

Q. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA degree?

A. During my three and a half years working with Deloitte as a technology consultant, I realized that I enjoyed making strategic decisions instead of only implementing said strategy. I knew that although I was good at my job, I wasn’t interacting with clients as much as I would have liked. I wanted to understand business problems and create solutions. I had the technical knowledge, the communication abilities, and the creative problem solving ability. However, I lacked the broad business understanding and vision to think from all angles. In my opinion, this is why I need an MBA.

Q. Fun and/or interesting fact about yourself?

A.  Post college, I decided to learn a foreign language. I joined a 2 month course to study Spanish at ‘Instituto De Hispania’. My teacher spoke fondly about Spain and its tapas bars, cobbled streets and its easy moving life. I was really intrigued and so took a trip to Spain. This was my first international backpacking trip. I really enjoyed this and decided to take a trip to a new country every year. Over the past few years,I have had several memorable experiences: From meeting an underground gaming clan in Bratislava, to an all-night trek in Budapest, from learning how dark beer is brewed in Prague to living with a local family in Granada, from Bungee jumping in Rishikesh to Full moon parties in Thailand. Interacting with people from various cultures has been a great experience and has also been one of my personal motivations for studying abroad.

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