Continuous Learning Leads to Continuous Success!
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
Where do formal education stop, and professional career begin? For many of us, it ends right after post-graduation or a doctorate.
But for Dr. Yogesh Patil, the quest for education and knowledge is a lifelong journey. With over six degrees including two master’s degrees, one Post Graduate Diploma, many certifications and a recent Doctorate in Analytical studies on Capital budgeting, he is living his motto of continuous learning and even inspiring others to follow it.
The lines between classroom learning and career are blurring with personalities like Dr. Yogesh Patil reinstating the importance of continuous learning for career growth.
So, what drove him to pursue so many degrees and most importantly, where does he find the inspiration, dedication and time for it? Here are the answers from the man himself.
The stepping stone of success
Yogesh lost his father after he completed his 12th standard. He wanted to fulfill his father’s wish who wanted him to emerge successfully in his chosen field. So, he chose commerce on his brother’s advice and went on to top his college and fulfil his father’s dream.
He then took up a part-time job as a tutor to support his family financially while completing his graduation. His ability to manage his time efficiently coupled with an innate drive to keep learning which further helped him to earn a PGDM and Diploma in Tax Management, Master’s in Financial Management, and MBA to name a few degrees. Among all these courses that he pursued during his career, he also opted for Manipal ProLearn’s Advanced Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standards. Completion of this course has made him eligible to work in more than 100 countries. According to him, this is among the very few financial professional courses in India that certifies one to work internationally.
Touching the pinnacle
By this time, Dr. Yogesh’s ambition to learn was limitless. He said, “As I’m a knowledge seeker, I was searching for a different identification and that’s when my interest grew in research.” He began researching and writing his thesis at the same time he was pursuing his doctorate. The high point came when his thesis was selected by one national and three international universities and called his work ‘great’. After appearing for the final viva for his thesis, Yogesh earned a doctorate to become Dr. Yogesh Patil thereby touching the pinnacle of his illustrious academic pursuit.
But he firmly believes that it’s not the end but a start of something new. He also said that it is all about being disciplined and managing your time well. “I do have my professional commitments as well, so I ensure that early morning or late-night studies help me stay on track with my academics,” he confirmed.
After finishing his doctorate, Dr. Yogesh has been in the teaching field. He has mentored many students to ensure that they choose an academic path that is in line with their passion.
Coming full circle for others
Recently, Dr. Yogesh has taken over the position of Director of MBA at Prabhakar Patil Education Society's Institute of Management Studies, Alibaug.
He has come a full circle since his early academic days of empowering students to take the path of continuous learning and realize the power of being a knowledge seeker – just like him.
As a Director of MBA, he has taken up the mission to spread awareness about unique MBA courses offered by his institute among students and parents. He conducts seminars to encourage students to take up these courses and follow the mantra of – continuous learning for continuous success. He also said, “It’s good to see that the public is getting aware of these courses.”
A word of wisdom
As an advice to other learners Dr. Yogesh Patil always offers his words of wisdom which says ‘discipline’ and ‘proper planning’ are the two most important elements required to achieve the desired goals.
He also believes that knowledge is all about continuous learning and gaining as many skills as possible. Manipal ProLearn too believes in this motto of learning and encourages its learners to succeed forever.