Interview with IIFT Alumnus: Haider Talat - Part 2

Indian Institute of foreign trade has produced many bright students. Go through the second part of the interview with Mr. Haider Talat, an alumnus of IIFT Kolkata campus to know what it takes to be successful.

Created On: Aug 30, 2014 17:47 IST
Modified On: Sep 1, 2014 10:23 IST

Continued from First Part of the "Interview with IIFT Alumnus: Haider Talat" Did you take a preparation break after your graduation?

Haider Talat: No I didn’t. I would usually have very less time left after my job, and didn’t want to waste it in travelling to coaching institutes. Internet was my troubleshooter and guide. And I think it was worth it. Did you crack IIFT exam in your first attempt?

Haider Talat: Yes. Do you think taking coaching classes is necessary to crack IIFT exam?

Haider Talat: I would not say coaching classes. But a specific preparation specially for the general awareness section is indeed necessary. Why did you choose IIFT for final admission?

Haider Talat: There are a number of reasons for that:

  • If you look at statistics, International business (read specifically Export and import of products) forms close to 40% of our GDP. In every business school, streams like marketing, finance, HR etc are regularly taught but not international business. Very few people realize that International business requires certain unique set of skills and knowledge (e.g Trade operations, international market entry strategy, foreign trade policy etc). The growth story of India that we see today is a result of Liberalization of 1991 after which we opened our economy for international business. There is just one B-School which teaches International Business and that’s the Ministry of Commerce run “IIFT”.
  • I did not have to think again that if I wanted to be a part of India’s growth story in the international realm, IIFT was the choice for me.

Continue reading the First part of the interview here

Continue reading the Third part of the interview here

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