Kunal Jain — October 13, 2014
Analytics Vidhya Business Analytics

Recently, I spent half a day speaking about Insurance Analytics at Great Lakes Institute of Management on their Gurgaon campus. Interacting with students / working professionals wanting to create a career in Analytics has always fascinated me, and so did the interaction with this group.

Since I get a lot of queries on this course, I deliberately spent some extra time after the lecture and met the directors of the program to write a complete review for the help of our audience. So, here is the detailed review about this program. I hope this will help all those who are deciding which program works best for them.

Great Lakes Chennai

 

Positioning of the course:

Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management aims to create business professionals who can use and understand analytics to make data based decisions. In a nutshell, the learning outcome as established by the faculty and curriculum, is the ability to look at unstructured data problems, solve them using appropriate analytical techniques and tools and link them to business actionable and tangibles.

 

Audience of the class:

The typical audience of the course has 3-12 years of work experience, with average work experience of little over 9 years. About 20% of the class has experience more than 10 years highest being 25 years. The class has a fair mix of people from various backgrounds – IT, Management Consulting, Entrepreneurs etc.

 

Structure of the program:

The program is run in a different manner in both the locations – Gurgaon and Chennai. Gurgaon offers it as a weekend program and caters to mostly people from Delhi NCR. Chennai, on the other hand, runs a 5 day residency program every alternate month – which allows it to cater to the people outside Chennai (e.g. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities).

All the lectures get recorded, so that the students who are not able to attend the classes have an option to watch them later.

Coming to the program, the program teaches you various concepts a manager needs in their roles for the first 4 months – Customer Relationship Management, Finance, Marketing, etc. Post this phase, the course starts introducing statistical concepts and business analytics concepts and inculcates structured thinking through several assignments and exercises.

Most of the participants I talked to mentioned that the workload is significant, especially because they already have work commitments outside of this course. When I discussed this with the faculty, they said that the program is designed to be rigorous.

 

Faculty:

I was impressed by the wealth of experience and knowledge course Directors possessed. Prof. Mukhopadyay completed his Ph.D. from ISI and has been associated with top of the line B-schools (IIM Calcutta, MDI, SP Jain) and has worked with Government policies.

Prof. Viswanathan completed his MBA from FMS, MS from Manitoba, Canada and Ph.D. from Madras University. He has co-authored 3 books on Business Statistics and Market Research. Both the directors were brimming with knowledge about analytics, have worked hands-on on several statistical tools like R and SAS themselves. I enjoyed my discussions with both of them and I hope to meet Prof. Viswanathan face to face some time soon.

Great Lakes Chennai

Industry interaction and the Capstone project:

One of the things, I was impressed was that during the course, participants spend 40% of their time interacting with the people from Analytics Industry. Experts from industry are not only involved as guest faculty, but they also teach courses in the Industry Application module, which happens in the last 3 months of the program. Industry experts from leading analytics companies train the candidates in Marketing analytics, Retail analytics, Insurance analytics, Financial analytics and Web & Social media analytics. In addition to teaching, they also play an active role in setting up the course, designing the curriculum, evaluating the examinations and finally mentoring the students with Capstone project.

During the capstone project, the participants are mentored by industry experts and Great Lakes faculty. While some candidates pursue the project with their existing employers, for others the projects are provided by Great Lakes

 

Online content partner:

One of the distinguishing factors for this course is the partnership with Jigsaw Academy and that comes across when you talk to the participants. The association adds value and complements the business focussed lectures with technical content.

 

Suitability / Fit of the program:

Since most of the questions, I receive are around the fit of analytics programs with career of people, I thought I should include a brief note on this:

  • Profile 1 – People from premier / Tier I education institutes (Quant background): People from this background can use this course for making a switch into analytics and analytics consultancies. If you are from this background and want to become a hands on data-scientist or an analyst, be prepared to take a few more self-learning courses apart from what Great Lakes has to offer. You should use Great Lakes to get exposure to live problems and interaction with industry people.
  • Profile 2 – People with 5 – 10 years of experience from BI / Consulting / IT / Software domains: I think this is the best fit group for this course. These people can make the transition into the analytics parallels in their Organizations during / after the course. Again, you should plan for a steady transition – for example, if your experience has been in Sales of software solutions – it makes sense to transition into Sales of analytics solutions and then move into business roles or consultancy roles.

I was in a strategy consulting role before joining this Program at Great Lakes and wanted to add ability to include analytics offerings to my clients so that I can offer them a holistic solution. This course from Great Lakes has enabled me to make this shift and I can now provide better solutions to my clients.

-Yash Rai, Manager, The Smart Cube

  • Profile 3 – People with 10+ years of experience from any domain: This group should consider this course as a skill augmentation course rather than a path to break into analytics career. A couple of entrepreneurs / Senior management I talked to (who belonged to this profile) were very satisfied with the course and the way it was helping them in achieving their goals.

I have been selling IT solutions to various clients for 15 years now. We want to include analytics in our product and in order to do so, I had to develop a deeper understanding of various analytical techniques. Great Lakes has fulfilled its promise to enrich me with this knowledge and we are now including analytics in our product offering.

– Ashok Kolliakal, Entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience

If you are of some other profile, use the guidelines above to find how this course would fit with you. If you still need guidance, feel free to drop your queries through comments below.

 

Overall Verdict:

I enjoyed my day interacting with the students, faculty and Directors of the program. The zeal to create one of the best analytics program for working professionals in India comes across in the entire team. What I liked was the clarity and alignment of vision in the Great lakes team, the arrangements to provide access to material outside the class and the intensive industry interaction.

The focus of the course is to enable its participants with structured thinking and tools to help them make data driven decisions in their day to day business roles and challenges. I can happily recommend the course to the profiles mentioned above.

 

What this course is not?

This course is not meant to make you a technical person in analytics industry or a statistician. The aim of the program is to inculcate structured thinking in its participants provide analytics as a tool set in their repository. It does not aim to make you an analyst who applies cutting edge algorithms himself, but equips you to understand which algorithm should be applied to which business situation.

The program (like other programs currently offered by various institutes in India), does not offer placements. However, the program does provide career enhancement support in terms of resume workshops, interview preparation and access to opportunities. In my discussions with the Prof Bappaditya, he mentioned about how there are examples of candidates have transitioned into analytics roles within their existing organizations or move into new organizations

 

End Notes:

If you have any additional queries about the program, please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll either answer your queries or put you in touch with the right people who know the answer.

 

Disclosure: As part of this association with the Great Lakes Institute of Management, I have been paid as a Guest Faculty. This has had no bearing to the review published above. All the views in this article, like all my other articles are completely mine and to the best of my knowledge & research at the time of publishing

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Kunal Jain

Kunal is a post graduate from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering. He has spent more than 10 years in field of Data Science. His work experience ranges from mature markets like UK to a developing market like India. During this period he has lead teams of various sizes and has worked on various tools like SAS, SPSS, Qlikview, R, Python and Matlab.

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79 thoughts on "Review – Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management"

Abhinav
Abhinav says: October 13, 2014 at 5:33 am
Dear Kunal, Thanks for sharing this insight! Could you also please clarify whether this course is diploma or certificate? Do they also offer this course as part time for working professional such that they should not leave their job to undertake this course. thanks, Looking forward for your prompt response. Smiles! Abhinav Reply
Dinesh
Dinesh says: October 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Hi Abhinav, This is certificate program and it mostly on weekends for 11 month Thanks ! Dinesh Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: October 14, 2014 at 7:31 am
Hi Abhinav, As Dinesh has already mentioned, this is a ertificate programme. Both the locations (Chennai / Gurgaon) follow different structure - Gurgaon runs over weekends and Chennal for 5 days every alternate month. Both the options would work for a working individual. Regards, Kunal Reply
Ram
Ram says: October 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm
Dear Kunal, Thanks for the review and would like to convey my sincere thanks for suggeting this course to me and motivating me to join the course. I am sure it is going to be turning point in my career. God bless you. Thanks Regards Ram Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: October 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm
Hello Dinesh/Kunal, I have recently being shortlisted for this program, and during my conversation with prof. Vishwanathan, according to the AICTE terms it will be a Diploma program but as such they haven't provided any specific nomenclature for this it and they call it only Post graduate program. :-) Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: October 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Hello Kunal, Since you have mentioned this program for 5-10 or above years of experienced people, will it be useful for someone like me, my profile :- 3 years of experience as Analyst-Customer service at IT/Telecom, working on tools like MS Excel, VBA, Access, SQL. Will this be helpful for me to gain and grow in analytics direction? Thanks!! Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: October 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Helllo Kunal/Team, Can you pls reply to my aforementioned query? :-) Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: October 17, 2014 at 4:46 am
You need to help me understand - what do you mean by "gain and grow in analytics direction"? Do you want to become a data scientist or you don't want hands on role, but roles likes Sales of Analytics solution. Or do you mean you want to be able to apply analytics in your current role itself? Once you provide these details, I'll be able to comment in a better manner Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: October 17, 2014 at 7:36 am
Hello Kunal, I want to become a data scientist with hands on experience on tools used in analytics. I don't think I will apply analytics to my current role as there is not much scope of growth in my current profile. Regards, Reply
SHAH
SHAH says: October 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Hi Kunal, I'm big fan of your articles. Thanks for your guidance and sharing knowledge. Based on my current experience, I have shortlisted for PGP-BA program in Great Lakes, Chennai. I have three questions, 1.) Is the certificate provided by Great Lakes Management is of Industry Standards(i.e, Apart from our skills , will the companies consider this certification as a shortlisting criteria for both interview and selection offer)?? 2.) Will this company help us to find analytic roles in offline mode(i.e, guidance after course completion) 3.) I have 2.8 years of experience in leading IT firm, and I just want to know under which profile I fall into(from the above three profile you mentioned)??? Thanks in Advance!!!! Reply
Kumar
Kumar says: October 23, 2014 at 7:16 am
Has anyone got selected for the current December Batch In Chennai for PGPBA . If so Please share your insights on the same Reply
Brijesh
Brijesh says: November 05, 2014 at 5:31 am
Hi Kunal, Thanks for sharing information on this course. I had one query regarding certificate. As this course is called Post Graduate Program so can we call ourselves an MBA after taking this course. Thanks and Regards Nitika Mangla Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: November 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Nitika / Brijesh, Technically, you can not call it an MBA course. Regards, Kunal Reply
Brijesh
Brijesh says: November 14, 2014 at 5:06 am
I will rephrase my question. Can I call myself a Post Graduate in Analytics after doing this course. Is it recognized as a Post Graduate diploma. Thanks and Regards Brijesh Reply
shiva prasad
shiva prasad says: November 25, 2014 at 6:35 am
Hi kunal, I was keenly observing all your articles and your effort to make it detail from the perspective of candidates is really appreciable. Since u know in & out of analytic industry I ha've a questions as below to get it clarified. I have joined PGPBA program in GREAT LAKES this year. Kindly clarify below doubts. 1. I had a Branch banking operations experience of 5 years.. and post to this program i would like to shift my career in to analyticss .with package of 6 lacs . 1. Post completing my program what would be my jtentative job role, since I don't have technical knowledge. 2. How much i can expect my salary package from the industry 3. Do i need to start my career with initial grades ? 4. What would be probability of getting job as per my profile ? 5. Which companies do i need to focus on? Reply
ConfusedAnalyst
ConfusedAnalyst says: November 28, 2014 at 7:21 am
Hi All, need you opinions and advice. I have been selected for the Business Analytics program at Great Lakes, and am unable to decide if I should consider it, or wait and try for the ISB program. I have close to 4 years experience in MIS Reporting, and recently moved to analytics in a new organization, where I am working on analysis using Tableau and learning on the job, as I have no prior analytics experience. GL or ISB, which would be a better fit for me, your thoughts please? Your responses would greatly influence my decision, as I have to confirm to GL before the day after tomorrow! Reply
ConfusedAnalyst
ConfusedAnalyst says: November 28, 2014 at 7:33 am
Hi Kumar, I have been selected for the Chennai December batch. I had applied on last Saturday (22nd Nov '14), which was the deadline. I had an interview call on this Wednesday (26th Nov) which went fairly well, with questions being on my current job role and tools used, total experience and how I would benefit from the program (sorry, don't remember 1-2 other questions asked). My only question to the interviewer was when I would be notified in case I get through, for which he replied 1-2 days - as admissions were closed and only candidates with relevant work experience were still being considered, so I had a fair chance of going through. True to his word, I got a mail for admission offer on the afternoon of the next day! Now I have to confirm to GL by Sunday if I am accepting the offer, and make the payment of 56,180 before next Tuesday. Hope this helps. Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: November 28, 2014 at 9:38 am
Hello, ISB is a better option, if you are willing to travel on alternate months to ISB for class in addition to the hefty fees they are charging.Also, they will not provide any placement assistance(like other institutions), so if you are willing to travel this much along with your current job then go for ISB else GL is also fine. Thanks!! Slacker!! Reply
ConfusedAnalyst
ConfusedAnalyst says: November 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Hi Slacker89, Thanks much for the advice. :) Thing is, I am currently based out of Bangalore, so I will need to travel to Chennai for GL, same as going to Hyderabad for ISB, but a little less travel. And both of them seem to have the same class structure - 5 classes (including a weekend) every alternate month - thus adding to my confusion. Also, I am not looking for a job shift now or after the completion of the course, but want to do the course as it would help me on my current job, so that isn't much of a deal-breaker. Right now, I think that if I am doing GL for 4L, I might as well consider ISB for 6L. It's being a little cocky though, as I will have to wait to apply for ISB and clear the online test and interview (which I am not sure I will get through). Classic bird in hand vs bush scenario :( Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: November 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Well!! Your scenario is quite different from mine :). Considering the above scenario, If I would have been at your place then I would definitely give a try for ISB(for the better BRAND name it has), but if your motto is use this course in your current profile only(negating the so called placement thing) then you can opt for GL also, considering it has good and rigorous course structure(somewhat similar to that of ISB). Whether, you go for ISB or GL, if you are Diligent to learn something, you will definitely be benefited from either of these courses. :) Rest you should ask for others for advise as well . :) Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: November 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Shiva, Here are answers to your questions: 1. You should start putting in efforts on the subject and technical knowledge straight away. The more you cover on technical and statistical knowledge before the course ends, the better it would be for you. 2. Salary for freshers in industry varies from 5 L to 12 L, depending on education background and role. You might need to start flat to cover up for some "unlearning" in coming days 3. Very likely. You might get lucky to get an Ops analyst kind of role. 4 & 5. What kind of jobs are you looking for? Regards, Kunal Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: November 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Thanks Slacker89 for the help here. Giving back to the community already :) Dear ConfusedAnalyst, Here is what I would recommend - you should go ahead with Great Lakes as you have already got the admission. ISB on the other hand, might not give you a chance with 4 years of MIS experience (until you decide to apply after a year). Also, there is a cost difference associated. The biggest difference in the 2 courses is the SAS module which ISB runs and the brand name of ISB. You can cover the SAS module yourself, if need be and since you are you not looking for a job through the programme, the brand name wouldn't matter as much. Hope this helps. Regards, Kunal Reply
ConfusedAnalyst
ConfusedAnalyst says: December 02, 2014 at 8:04 am
Thanks Slacker89 and Kunal for your advice on this. Was a big help to me :) Planning to go ahead with Great Lakes, based on the confirmation for joining formalities. Reply
Ruhi
Ruhi says: January 07, 2015 at 5:29 pm
Hi Kunal, I need your help badly!!! I have an experience of 6+ years as a Business Analyst (IT) and i love these kind of roles where any type of Analysis is required. I have done PGDCA from DOEACC and then MBA(IT) from Symbiosis and now i would like to do for Data Analyst courses and working as Data Analyst. So, could you please help me or advise me according to my work experience and education background should this field good for me or not. Reply
usha
usha says: January 27, 2015 at 6:33 am
Hi , I Am interested in part time PGDBA (Business analytics) from great lakes, But would like to clarify on the degree. Would it state that as completion as " part time". Would it be a certificate or as PGDBA. Reply
Shruti Gupta
Shruti Gupta says: February 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Hi Kunal, I have experience of more than 3 years in IT industry. I am willing to pursue PGBA course and change my caerer line but I am not sure whether this will help me in changing my career dimension. Can you please guide me, and tell whether this course will help me in doing so? Reply
Ashish Tiwari
Ashish Tiwari says: February 23, 2015 at 11:55 am
Dear Kunal, First of all, let me appreciate your effort in tirelessly replying the questions/inquiries people have been asking from last 5-6 months. What an effort! Now, to introduce myself, I am working in an MNC as business analyst. I have over all work experience of 6 years of which 3 years were in work force management/capacity planning which involved a lot of strategical decision making and 1.5 years in MIS, report building etc. Remaining year were in different set of fields. Currently, I have been working on applications like SAP Business Object, MS Excel, VB (Learning) for building reports and I wish to accelerate my carrier into the field of business analytics as I love this field and have lot of interest in doing analysis. I am not sure, whether I should wait a little and gain more experience in my current role or should I jump in to enroll myself into GL BA program? I don't want to reach to a point where the knowledge sharing becomes an alien stuff to me in the program. :) I hope you have understood where am I coming from? and I would really appreciate if you can advise me on the same. Sincerely, Ashish Reply
Vivek
Vivek says: February 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm
Hi Kunal, Is it possible to know the syllabus of GL PGPBA program? I am not interested in switching to pure Analytics but understanding IoE/analytics etc on cloud offerings. Thanks, Vivek Reply
Asaras
Asaras says: March 07, 2015 at 4:59 am
Dear Kunal I am currently working in a IT industry and have around 15+ years of experience in IT field. Currently working as PMO head wherein I am involved in analysis of the financial report, forecasting, auditing and analysis of quality metrics data etc. I would like to know whether it is wise for me to move towards Business analytics area. Could you please let me know whether this would help me either in my present role or is it wise to aim for a shift. Thanks Asaras. Reply
Keerthan
Keerthan says: March 10, 2015 at 8:48 am
Hi Kunal, I have a total of 4yrs experience in a MNC bank, as just an Analyst. I would like to jump start my career in the Analytics industry by pursuing this program in GL. Am in a dilemma whether to join this program or not because I do not have any technical background/experience and my work exp is below the avg experience (9yrs) of the candidates you met. Please assist. Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: March 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm
Hi Ruhi, You are having 6+ years experience as a Business Analyst(IT). I would suggest you to go for Certificate programme in business analytics from Indian School of Business at Hyderabad. ISB is one of the best course available in India as of now. If you want to move into Business analytics, this might be the best chance. Regards, Kunal Reply
Asaras
Asaras says: March 14, 2015 at 11:39 am
Dear Kunal Could you please let me know whether it is advisable for me to move to the Business Analytics domain. Having 15+ yerar of experience in IT ( working for the past 5 years as PMO head) currently I would like to focus on a specialized area and excel in the same. In this regard, one thought process is to move to analytics domain, since to some extent analytics was part of my current job profile ( using excel and manual ). Could you please provide your input on this. Thanks Rgds Vijay Reply
deepti
deepti says: March 18, 2015 at 7:31 am
Hi So did you join ? I am looking for deep insights on Great Lakes Institute of Management PGPBA . What are the future prospects as my work experience is not related. What kind of a starting salary can I expect after this course? I am an engineer with 3.2 years of IT experience as Mainframe Professional. Please help me make an informed decision. Reply
Slacker89
Slacker89 says: March 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm
Hello Deepti, After reading your comment here, one thing I would like to advice here is not to look for starting salaries from any program, if you want to do something just do it for the sake of learning :) . Regarding the GLIMS PGPBA program, it's quite rigorous if you are working professional, you may have to devote 3-4 hours every alternate day(or every day since you are not from this background). The future prospects are bright as analytics is a booming industry, so if you learn well then you will definitely get something good to do and consequently money will also follow. Thanks!! Slacker Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am
Hi Keerthan, I would suggest to pursue PGPBA program from Great Lakes. It's one of the Top Analytics Program in India. This course is for the working professionals possess a minimum experience of two years and a keen interest in analytical problem solving are the only pre-requisites for applying to the Program. You can look at “Top 5 Analytics Programs in India (2014 – 15)” for details. Disclaimer: I am a guest faculty at GL, but this view is my independent view. Regards, Kunal Reply
Sundar
Sundar says: April 01, 2015 at 2:13 am
Hi I got a mail from GL admissions dept on shortlisting of my profile for the interview round. I have a total of 8 yrs of experience in automotive industry . I am a six sigma black belt from IQF. Upon searching for a change in career to market research one of my friend advised me to take up BA . I applied for the same at GL and now shortlisted. My query is : incase im selected and I complete my course successfully, will there be placement assistance? If so , will I be at the entry level ? Pls help. Reply
Rishi
Rishi says: April 01, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Hi Sunder, I am also having exactly same situation as yours, I got admission offer too from Great Lakes, but in dilemma in this case. Regards Rishi Reply
Kunal Jain
Kunal Jain says: April 03, 2015 at 7:57 am
Sundar, First and foremost, I would say that career change is something which you should do on your passion and reasons, rather than friend's advice. That way, you at least own the decision. No mid-career transition is easy, so don't expect a cake walk - with or with out this course. Now coming to this course, it does not provide placement support - none of the part time courses in India do. But, I know of a few people, who have been able to make transitions through this course. Typically, the roles would be entry level - but that may or may not mean salary cut. Hope this helps. Kunal Reply
kumar
kumar says: April 15, 2015 at 5:59 am
Hi Kunal, Am an ardent follower of your posts. They are both enlightening and informative. I have 15 yrs workexp in BFSI, spanning roles in sales, product mgmt, distribution. More recently I have taken over a new role of leading the BI, Analytics teams. Since I am strong on the domain front, I wanted to familiarise myself better on the approach to various tools, techniques for solving biz problems. With this thought, I set out to assess the long term courses being offered on Analytics programs. Request your guidance on the certification programs namely GL Gurgaon, IIM B. Also any suggestions on how to overcome the 'mindset block' on aversion to coding/programming.. Reply
Sreekar
Sreekar says: April 15, 2015 at 6:43 am
Hi kunal, Thanks for the article. It has cleared a few of doubts about the college and curriculum. I'm a design engineer (Aero domain) with 2.5+ yrs of experience. I dont know if im taking the right step or not but i got really interested with analytics and want to make a career in that.(i want to become a product manager) is this course advisable for me or before taking up this course do i have to do anything else?? Reply
Krishna Kumar
Krishna Kumar says: April 16, 2015 at 6:25 am
I am taking admission to PGPBA from great lakes chennai campus for june 2015 batch. Any one who has taken admission and able to make a carrier shift please reply. i am an IT guy with 7 years of experience and from pune. Any suggesations, comments are welcome. Reply
Deepti
Deepti says: April 17, 2015 at 2:42 am
Thanks Slacker. I am planning to join gurgaon campus whcih is Weekends programme. Would that be hectic too ? Infact i have my interview today for the current June batch. I am little skeptical about the future prospects of the course. I do not have analytics prior experience so it would be like complete switch. This is the reason I mentioned salary package. Broadly, my concern is if i will get to enter Analytics industry just with this course ( assuming i did it well ) ? Reply
Sam
Sam says: April 19, 2015 at 3:58 am
I will also take this opportunity and bug you a little more. I have about 10 yeas experience in Actuarial Industry(Not a full Actuay) but couldn't get an Interesting profile so far and thought of upgrading myself so that i can utilise Analytics /Stats/Tool to apply for Insurance analytics or may be some other industry. Concern in my mind is whether it is worth investing time, Money and at the end not able to service liabilities (Read Home Loans, Livelihood) from the job that i expect to get after the course. I mean, I understand things cant change so much in a year and help me earn about 20 lakhs to be in same position with this recently acquired skill. However, I am still really interested to do this course may be on my own ( Sounds unrealistic), Do you think , it is possible to get some guidance from kind fellows like you and do self study, Which mean not taking too much risk of financial failure (read -not able to win at least current compensation to service financial liabilities after new job from acquired skill set) It will be really great if you can suggest / refer material that one can use to acquire mentioned syllabus of this course. I understand, I am being too demanding with such requests but thought of trying and see what you have to say.......Thanks A Lot once again for putting so much attention / focus for this social cause...Looking forward to hear from you.....Sam Reply
Ratna Gupta
Ratna Gupta says: April 23, 2015 at 5:46 am
Hi, I am working as a SAP FICO consultant with a reputed organisation in IT with close to 5years of experience. I am planning to do go for PGPBA programme offered by Great Lakes. Here, I would like to know that after completion of this course how my past experience is going to help me. Will I be considered as a total fresher in Business Analytics field or my past experience will be taken into consideration while evaluating my Resume. Kindly relpy to my query Thanks & Regards Ratna Gupta Reply
Deepak
Deepak says: May 08, 2015 at 7:55 pm
Hi Kunal, I need your strong advice. I am currently working in ITES industry in technical profile and wish to move into management profile. Will this course in PGPBA help me move into the management within the same organization or to any other organization ? Please help. Thanks Reply
Akash
Akash says: May 10, 2015 at 9:02 am
Hi Slacker89, Can you provide me your contact number or E-mail ID? I would like to talk with you regarding GLIM PGDBA? Thanks Akash Reply
Deepak
Deepak says: May 10, 2015 at 9:32 am
Hi Kunal, Need your urgent advise. I am planning to go through this PGPBA course. I work in an ITES industry as in technical profile and wish to move into the management profile in my organization or to some other organization. Is this program in business analytics good to move into management. Thanks & Regards Deepak Jhanji Reply
Akash
Akash says: May 11, 2015 at 5:26 am
Hi Deepak, Are you joining the classes from this July? Which campus? Chennai or Gurgaon? Reply
Akash
Akash says: May 11, 2015 at 5:27 am
Hi Deepak, Are you joining the classes from this July? Which campus? Chennai or Gurgaon? Reply
Deepak Jhanji
Deepak Jhanji says: May 11, 2015 at 10:10 am
Yes I am joining form this July at Gurgaon Campus. Also the work in statistics, predictions, strategies, data interpretation attracted me because this is a very non-repetitive work. Thanks & Regards' Deepak Reply
Akash
Akash says: May 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm
I second that. Do you have an email id which you can share so that we could have a chat? Reply
Sandy
Sandy says: May 28, 2015 at 8:16 am
Hi Kunal! I have been following lots of articles regarding Analytics on this website recently and found them extremely helpful in taking decision of entering the Analytical field or chosing the best institute. I myself is in a big dilemma whether to go for this change(Analytics career) after devoting my 13 yrs in Sales & Marketing as a Corporate support team member. I have inclination towards analytics and have zeroed on IIM-L's CPBAE as the best suited for me but still apprehensive about the opportunities I will have post that. I am from a non technical background and am currently working as a Business Analyst with a telecom company. I am earning pretty well (17L+) and want to know my earning capabilities post this program. Seek your guidance. Thanks. Reply
Ankit Dhingra
Ankit Dhingra says: May 29, 2015 at 10:23 am
Hi Kunal, Thanks a lot for this good work from all of us Confused folks. I have a offer letter for BA course from Great Lakes. I am working in a MNC in gurgoan with overall exp of 6 years in IT (Programming).and currently earning around 12L. My Question from you is after doing this course and spending ample amount of time and money. How much salary i shall expect. Will it make a good impact of my salary apart from the knowledge? Reply
THIRU
THIRU says: June 07, 2015 at 12:29 pm
Hi Kunal, I congratulate you on your effort in this forum. The scenario with me is completely different from other folks out here. Iam a commerce graduate with 6 years experience in financial BPOs'. I had to resign from my career and take up my family-led-business under certain critical circumstances. I have a gap in my professional career for 7 years now. I can say that Iam starting my career all over again. Hence, I believe that it also gives me a leverage to choose a field I want to pursue my career in. Now based on the said situation, I would like to seek your opinion on few aspects: 1) Is career in analytics an option for me ? ( I do understand that Iam a novice and the amount of effort and dedication that is required to seek the skills. Since, I have time at my disposal I think I can do justice to what I take up) 2) Is there any age criteria that the industry prefers to offer a job in this field? 3) If your answer is a 'YES' to my 1st question, then should it be GL or should I look at certification programs from JIGSAW academy at Bangalore? 4) If yes, then what's the entry pay package that I can expect? I would sincerely appreciate your time and effort, if you could clarify these question of mine. Thank u! Thiru., Reply
Sandy
Sandy says: June 09, 2015 at 5:26 am
Hi Kunal, I understand you must have been busy with your commitments. But request to please suggest me the way forward, since the deadline for applying for the course is fast approaching. Your advise can help me a great deal in taking a wise decision which will definitely pave way for my future career growth. Sorry for this urgency. Hi Kunal! I have been following lots of articles regarding Analytics on this website recently and found them extremely helpful in taking decision of entering the Analytical field or chosing the best institute. I myself is in a big dilemma whether to go for this change(Analytics career) after devoting my 13 yrs in Sales & Marketing as a Corporate support team member. I have inclination towards analytics and have zeroed on IIM-L’s CPBAE as the best suited for me but still apprehensive about the opportunities I will have post that. I am from a non technical background and am currently working as a Business Analyst with a telecom company. I am earning pretty well (17L+) and want to know my earning capabilities post this program. Seek your guidance. Thanks. Reply
Sarika
Sarika says: June 09, 2015 at 6:33 am
Hi Kunal, Great work! your article on Analytics is really good and full of information. I am currently working as a quant analytics and have 7 yrs of experience in Analytics, Finance and technology. I want to move to customer analytics or web analytics. Will this course from GL be helpful for me? Reply
DK
DK says: June 18, 2015 at 11:01 am
Hi kunal, Basically i am a mech. eng. have 6 yrs of exp. in design & structures..would lyk to shift my career in BA role. would u recommend GL (ba) course? Reply
Sriram Pratti
Sriram Pratti says: July 21, 2015 at 7:37 am
Hi kunal, Greetings of the day!! I have been following ur blog for quite a long time and an ardent follower of it. I need your guidance. Myself an entrepreneur with 5 yrs experience in e-learning industry. I am a graduate in Information technology and an MBA from U. K. My roles and duties as an entrepreneur include : product development, market Research - quantitative using primary and secondary data, marketing and sales. Now, due to personal reasons I am looking for a serious change of career to business analytics. I can devote full time on it, but my need is to get into the analytics field as soon as the course completes. In this regard, I need guidance and suggestions from you as to which Options should I look out for as a fresher. I have applied to aegis pgp in business analytics and big data (full time) and hot selected. Waiting for reply from ISB, GL. Aegis has a three month internship, were there is a high probability of getting a job. On the other hand, should I go for isb, GL considering its brand value but no guarantee on placements. Waiting for your reply. Thanks in advance. Regards, Sriram Reply
Raj Shirshaath
Raj Shirshaath says: July 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm
Hi Kunal, I got final offer from Great Lakes and they are saying that they are coming with a branch in Bangalore. I am an Information Technology Entrepreneur with 4.7 years with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. My company has completed many ERP Projects in Education and Healthcare domain. I run an NGO in the field of cyber crime. I would like to add Business Analytics consulting as one more service offering under my company's umbrella. So how help full will be Great Lakes PGPBA for me? I will appreciate if you can reply it in a day or two as I have to decide within these days only. Reply
abhijit
abhijit says: July 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Hi i am a BE (IT),Plz give a review about the PGP in Business Analytics and Big Data -Aegis,wish to join the course but I am not sure about it.. Reply
Arun Prakaash V G
Arun Prakaash V G says: August 05, 2015 at 10:23 am
Great info Kunal! I always have a keen interest towards Data. I have 6+ years of experience and currently working as a social media lead (3 years) and prior to this i was working as a market research analyst (secondary) and learning digital (complete cycle starting from SEO) out of my own interest. Should I give a try in Analytics because Social/Web (Digital) is a part of this course? Reply
Shivi
Shivi says: August 14, 2015 at 8:32 am
Hi Kunal, Sorry but the review you shared above is way too generic. For a professional who is willing to invest 3-4 lakh on a course would want nitty-gritty and exact course content broken down. Which the above review does not provide- though it's just my opinion. The same would be available on the website of the Colleges/Institutions but was looking forward to read the same in your article. Its so repulsive to see so many institutions offering courses on Analytics & Statistics though hardly i have come across any which share real world case studies and ask the apprentice to build algorithm and draw meaningful instances from the business case. I know one of my known Sr. Manager who is currently undergoing ISB Analytics course and that is also very generic course with some basic know how on regression and some of the Analytical tools. As a business lead and an expert i believe i need to have end to end expertise of solution i am accommodating for the clientele and if even after spending 0.4 million i am unsure of the same then its worthless. I hope you agree with me and in case there are some institutions in India which offer in depth Analytical learning please advice. Thanks, Shivi Reply
Vinodh Rangarajan
Vinodh Rangarajan says: September 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Hi Kunal, Kindly recommend a best fit course for my profile,I'm literally confused whether to apply for IIMB,GL,ISB,IIML My Profile 1.B.E Computer Science 2.5+ years of experience in BI and Analytics ,I have hands on experience in Microstrategy,R,Tableau. 3.Placement not required Reply
Atul Guleria
Atul Guleria says: October 03, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Dear Kunal, I have an experience of 8 years in HR generalist role & as far my qualifications are concerned i have done BTech/PGDM(HR) along with few certifications in HR. These days I am working on some project in HR analytics for my organisation. So, i am really worried to know whether this course provide any advantage to shift my career from coreHR to Strategic HR business Partner. Reply
Vivek
Vivek says: October 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm
very apt analysis and feedback. Reply
BEANT SINGH
BEANT SINGH says: November 02, 2015 at 8:21 am
Respect Mr. Kunal, I would like to salute you for this Self-less complementary Social Service being provided and guidance given to the needed and confused persons for their future and openly inviting queries at times when none else extends helping hand to others, rather people feel jealous of others progression. I am adding to your burden one more query of my selfish purpose. Whether GL's' PGPBA or any other program of GL or any other Institute would be better for a bright career for my son whose particulars are as under : - Am BBA from Panjab University with PGD in Financial Planning from ICoFP New Delhi and PGD in Banking Operation from IFBI. - 3 Years experience in Banking Operations as Sr.Officer with ICICI Bank.Package 2.7 Lacs PA - Currently working with PayU Money Pvt. Ltd. at Gurgaon with annual package of 2.8 Lacs. During discussions, I could know about his willingness & interest in this line. Regards Beant Singh Reply
Prakhar Agarwal
Prakhar Agarwal says: November 04, 2015 at 8:17 am
Hi kunal, I have taken admission into great lakes PGP-BA program in gurgaon, I am having 1.5 years of experience with accenture services and is now currently working with a PSU bank. I want to switch to IT sector again that is why I have taken admission into this course. Will this course help me in making a shift to IT sector again. Your inputs will be very helpful. Regards, Prakhar Reply
Kishore
Kishore says: November 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm
Hi I'm having 2 plus exp As MIS ANALYST and 2 years as technical business analyst in BFSI-IT domain. Please suggest me whether this course gives me better career growth? Reply
Pritam Kumar
Pritam Kumar says: November 14, 2015 at 9:57 am
Hi Kuala, I'm a BCA grad with 2+ years of experience in Quality Assurance for back end retail banking for Barclays. I'm interested in doing a PG course in Business Analytics in India which is more classroom and hands on orientedTheThe university must have great quality in terms of faculty and the course must start out with teaching the basics before going into the advanced concepts. I would also stress on coverage of big data, sas, R, Hadoop, and Tableau. Could you please suggest some reputed universities or colleges offering such courses? Preferably over 1-2yrs... Reply
Pritam Kumar
Pritam Kumar says: November 14, 2015 at 10:00 am
Sorry, I meant Hi Kunal....autocorrect must have changed it. In addition to my previous query, i would also like a good placement cell in place. If all the above criteria is not met, could you please provide a ranking of colleges and programs best suited to my needs? Reply
Shubhra Sharma
Shubhra Sharma says: December 05, 2015 at 1:29 pm
Hi Confused Analyst, Have you enrolled yourself with Great lakes. Can you please share experience with Classroom/Campus learning and the current students ( Do they all have an analytics and IT background) I am working in Retail sector with 7 years of experience at various management roles, and keen on learning skills to make a career in Retail Analytics. I dont have a background in Analytics. Are people with no prior analytics and IT background considered for selection. I can see people asking questions on this platform have some experience in IT or with some analytical tools , so I am confused whether I would be a suitable candidate for this course or not. Any responses would be highly appreciated. Thanks Regards Shubhra Reply
Shubhra Sharma
Shubhra Sharma says: December 07, 2015 at 9:28 am
Hi Prakhar, Have you enrolled yourself with Great lakes. Can you please share experience with Classroom/Campus learning and the current students ( Do they all have an analytics and IT background) I am working in Retail sector with 7 years of experience at various management roles, and keen on learning skills to make a career in Retail Analytics. I dont have a background in Analytics. Are people with no prior analytics and IT background considered for selection. I can see people asking questions on this platform have some experience in IT or with some analytical tools , so I am confused whether I would be a suitable candidate for this course or not. Any responses would be highly appreciated. Thanks Regards Shubhra Reply
Prakhar Agarwal
Prakhar Agarwal says: December 07, 2015 at 10:58 am
Hi Shubra, The classes have not started as of now, my question was also similar to your's and still deciding whether to join the course or not as I have already paid the admission fees. Regards, Prakhar Reply
Shubhra Sharma
Shubhra Sharma says: December 07, 2015 at 3:11 pm
Hi Prakhar, Thanks for replying.. I have some more questions. Can we connect at [email protected] Regards Shubhra Reply
Abheesta
Abheesta says: December 10, 2015 at 8:13 am
Deepak can you please share you experience? I hope you must be pursuing the course. Reply
Santhosh N
Santhosh N says: January 16, 2016 at 11:45 am
Hi Kunal, After researching for almost 3 months on Business Analysis Course and firms from where to get certified on and other things , i had decided to do CBAP from Edvancer. I'm a working professional with 4+ years exp But now I have been given the chance to enroll for the PGD-BA program in GLIM this term but i dont know what is the best thing to do now. So please suggest me which is better, join PGDBA or CBAP from Edvancer. Reply
Tavneet
Tavneet says: February 22, 2016 at 10:27 am
Hi, I am planning for this course, but not sure if it would give good ROI. I am planning to join Gurgaon location. Reply
Sagar Campli
Sagar Campli says: September 14, 2016 at 9:24 am
Hi kunal, I am a mechanical engineer.. Now working in project planning (constructions) have been here for 2 years now.. But have a keen interest in statistics and analytics.. Unfortunately I don't have much knowledge in computer based platforms but wouldn't mind working towards it.. Can i still get into this? Considering all this would you recommend pgpba for me..? Kindly provide your input.. Regards Sagar Campli. Reply
kshitij
kshitij says: May 12, 2017 at 4:57 am
HI, I work with one of the fortune 500 Companies as a Demand Manager with experience of 5+ years. I am not aware of any Computer language or Coding :). I have below Questions, 1. What kind of knowledge we can expect from this program? 2. Am I fit for this program considering non IT background? Kshitij Reply

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