Everything you need to know before joining
Instead of looking for a job in Australia after graduating from S P Jain’s BBA, a very attractive offer brought me home to South America. I have been working ever since here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in the entire Western Hemisphere.
I am the Import Manager for Mega do Brasil, a business-to-business (B2B) company that imports all types of personal care electronics like hair dryers and barbering equipment from China. In just one year, I have already gone on two business trips to China to meet with suppliers and manufacturers, and make negotiate partnerships for our company.
Although I studied marketing in S P Jain, it turns out that I do a lot of work every day in both finance and operations. I am our Excel expert, because my skills are better than our accountant!’s. Another responsibility is to find legal ways to work around Brazil’s excessive taxation laws, and manage an accounts receivable system in Oracle. I did not take classes in these things at S P Jain. But I have been able to learn quickly, and be a very flexible contributor to my company.
I get up every day at about 6:30 every morning. I get to work at 8:00 am, and arrive back home at 7:00 pm. I rest a bit, get dinner, go to the gym downstairs, and am in bed by about 10:00 pm every night. Traffic is really bad in Sao Paulo. So I don’t meet with my friends very much except on the weekends.
My job pays about 50% more than my friends earn with degrees from respected universities in Brazil. My salary includes a two-bedroom apartment, a nice car, and lunch every day.
Although I was not one of the Dean’s List students at S P Jain, I received an excellent preparation for my career in international business. I learned to be comfortable around people from other cultures. This has allowed me to be successful during my business trips to China.
Also, S P Jain gave me good communication skills. I know how to approach people, respond to them, and interpret their actions, even if they are not Latinos. I became exposed to Asia, which has proven to be key for me. I was very shy before coming to S P Jain. But now I can communicate much more comfortably with people from any country, in both business and social settings.
My advice to new Jaguars is to take your courses seriously from Day One. During your first year, you will be tempted to just have fun and enjoy your freedom away from parents. However, believe me that you will need all of the knowledge from the first years to succeed in the final years. Also, pay attention when in your Excel and communication classes. These are probably the most important skills you will need to impress people in the business world. Finally, participate in all the activities that you can. Even if you are not a leader in the activities, take part, because that is how you will learn about the cultures of other students and make good friends.
During my business trips to China, I have travelled on bullet trains, represented my company at factory visits, and attended banquets where I had to eat jelly fish, frog and sea slug. Anybody who knew me before S P Jain would just not believe this. I have become such a different (and more diverse) person since coming to S P Jain, and am really glad that I was educated there.
~Lucas Gonzales, GBBA10
Lucas Gonzales Carrau is originally from Uruguay, but was educated in Brazil. He graduated from S P Jain’s pioneer BBA batch with a specialization in marketing in April 2014. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.