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Winning Voices: Pramod Abraham, Principal Member of Tech Staff (PMTS), AT&T

Winning Voices: Pramod Abraham, Principal Member of Tech Staff (PMTS), AT&T

JWMI profiles students and alumni weekly in its new featured series, “Winning Voices.” Learn about our diverse community and what sets our program apart from those who have experienced it. For more great “Winning Voices” content, click here.

Pramod Abraham
Principal Member of Tech Staff (PMTS)
AT&T
Program/Concentration: Jack Welch MBA

PLEASE SHARE MORE ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL ROLE AND RESPONSIBLITIES.:

I have been employed with AT&T since 2004, mainly in Network Operations. In my current role, I work as a Principal Member of Tech Staff in Network and Security operations, protecting and securing AT&T network infrastructure from external threats and hackers.

WHY WERE YOU LOOKING TO GET AN MBA?:

I wanted to expand my horizon and get out of a purely technical role into one that allowed me to move into leadership and management-type roles. I knew bits and pieces about business and finance but needed more knowledge or experience to be a successful leader.

HOW HAS THE JWMI CURRICULUM HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER?

I was intimidated before being accepted to the JWMI program as I was an individual contributor in a technical role. I was blown away by the content I was exposed to in my first JWMI class – Leadership in the 21st Century. I wish I had enrolled in the program 10-15 years back, as it opened my eyes to the world of Business, Finance, Investment, Leadership, Communication, HR, Strategy, etc.

DID YOU FIND THE CURRICULUM WAS IMMEDIATELY APPLICABLE? PLEASE EXPLAIN.:

The JWMI MBA curriculum was practical and relevant. I now have a different perspective when looking at a business or listening to financial news. I am so glad I got such vast exposure to business and finance. I plan to continue growing in my leadership journey to become the best possible leader I can become.

HOW DID YOU NAVIGATE JOB, FAMILY, AND WORK? WHAT STRATEGIES DID YOU IMPLEMENT TO GET IT DONE?:

Balancing with a full-time job, family, and school was difficult. I had to be intentional to stay on top of my weekly classes. I worked around my schedule to ensure I finished my initial DQ post each Wednesday and responded to classmates by Sunday morning. For the assignments, I would usually start working on them on Saturday morning and get them done by Sunday evening. Strong discipline and time management skills will make a big difference.

WAS THERE A PARTICULAR PROFESSOR OR MEMBER OF THE STAFF THAT YOU FELT HELPED YOU TO EXCEL? PLEASE ELABORATE.:

All my JWMI professors played a small part in opening my eyes to the world of leadership, business, finance, strategy, HR, operational excellence, and Entrepreneurship. All the professors made themselves available via email and phone during weekdays and weekends if I had any questions or concerns.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN THE PROGRAM?:

The most rewarding experience was interacting with and learning from world-class JWMI faculty members and current leaders in different industries and organizations. I also enjoyed the experience of virtually interacting with other students from around the world.

IN JUST A FEW WORDS, DESCRIBE WHAT “LEADERSHIP” MEANS TO YOU.:

My biggest takeaway was before I can lead others well, I need to first work on self-awareness, recognize my strengths and weaknesses, be honest about my struggles, and get help in the areas where I need to grow personally. I finish by quoting leadership expert John Maxwell, who said, “Great leaders aren’t born. They’re made.”

PLEASE SHARE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW STUDENTS EMBARKING ON THE MBA JOURNEY.:

Approach the JWMI MBA program with an open mind and a hunger for learning. Be honest and transparent about your past experiences. Keep in mind that you will not learn everything. But you will get excellent exposure that will get you thirsty for more knowledge and growth even after you leave the program. Be ready to share real-world experiences from your current job or business with your professor and peers. JWMI has many helpful online resources to guide you in the right direction, including faculty members if you get stuck. Always stay on top of your mid-week and weekend DQ posts and assignments. Feel free to contact your professors and classmates if you have any questions, network, brainstorm, or want a good talk. Consider JWMI faculty and classmates like an extension of your family.


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