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MAKE THE MOST OF IT, SAYS DEEPESH DAS -----

Debtosh Mishras two-month stint as an intern at a major bank last summer opened his eyes. The management student suddenly understood the meaning of experience. 

     We learn so many theories and formulas in the classroom but when we enter the field, we find that its a different world altogether,” says the final-year postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) student at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C).

     As an intern with Citibank, Mishra may have hoped to make an immediate impression with his fresh ideas. What he learnt there, however, was quite a revelation – an experience that he would remember all his life. I worked with people who had spent 15-20 years in the field and every time I suggested an idea in response to a particular situation, their take on it was totally different from mine. Their views were more rounded and comprehensive,” says Mishra.

     Today, internships for students have become as important as the subjects they study. In fact, in areas such as business management, media and communication, fashion and hospitality management, an internship is mandatory for a final degree. The biggest companies for internship in India are the software giants such as Infosys, Wipro and Satyam, but these are mostly accessible to students with science and engineering background, especially the computer-related streams.

     At top management institutes such as the IIM, more than one-third of the students get job offers from the companies they have interned with. In institute such as the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, the figure is as high as 50%.

     A good internship stint helps in campus interviews too. Debojit Mukhopadhyay, who interned with Nokia and Jaya Shree Textiles, an Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd company, stands testimony to this. I could get a job easily through campus placement because the recruiters were impressed with the work I had done as an intern with these two companies,” says Mukhopadhyay, currently a relationship manager at ICICI Securities.

     Recruiters sometimes focus more on internships than the institute a student graduates from. Mukhopadhyay, for instance, did an MBA from the relatively new Meghnad Shah Institute of Technology in Calcutta, which was set up in 2001.

ON THE JOB

A FEW TIPS ON INTERNSHIP

1)       Take your internship seriously; it is as important as the degree itself.

2)       Choose a company that offers a good job profile.

3)       Do some background research on the company; go for an organization that takes interns seriously.

4)       Make a difference to the organization; come up with innovative ideas.

5)       A stipend is an attraction, but the money shouldnt be the sole criterion for making a decision.

6)       If you are not happy, look for an option other than the one offered.

Internships make your career

No matter what the ranking of your MBA institute is, if your internship stint is impressive it is bound make an impact. Moreover, the confidence you gain is invaluable,” he says.

     The internship recruitment process is a competitive one in top business school. Leading companies seek to scoop up the best of the lot. For instance, during the summer placement season at IIM Indore this year, there were 236 offers from 62 companies for a batch of 185 students.

     At most B-schools, students are recruited on the basis of their academic performance, group discussion and interviews. But a few companies give students the option of generating their own internship projects. Either way, an internship lasts 8 to 10 weeks.

     More than the reputation of the company, it is the quality of work done as an intern that matters. Top B-schools go to great lengths to ensure this. The role and job profile offered by the company are an important consideration; they must match the interests of the participant. The preferred roles are those in middle management,” says Abbas Ali Gabula, chairperson of external relations at SPJIMR.

     While choosing a company, we look at its brand name, the profiles it offers, the seriousness with which it takes an internship and other factors,” says Ramesh Bhat, dean, MBA, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.

     Companies, too, have their own parameters for choosing students. For instance, the Delhi-based Optima Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd looks for students with a desire to work in the field of insurance and good communication skills, since the work entails selling insurance policies and customer service. Around 20 students intern with us every year and more than 10 get absorbed,” says Rahul Agarwal, CEO of Optima Insurance.

     Most companies set high standards while deciding on interns. We select students with a strong academic background. There are two rounds of interviews, the final one being with the management of the organization,” says Romit Das Gupta, director at the Globsyn Group, Calcutta.

     It is not only students who benefit from internships. Companies, too, gain from their contribution. Our students have done various projects that have helped companies increase their revenues and process improvements leading to cost savings,” says Bhat. Of course, the students are generally paid for their work, and the money is certainly a motivation.

     Dont take up an internship just for the heck of it. Negotiate with the company about the projects you will be working on. Opt for a company that you feel will keep you on your toes rather than one that will make your life easy,” advises Deepak Jalan, managing director of Linc Pen and Plastics Ltd, Calcutta.

     Another area where an internship plays an important role is the media. My internship lasted only a fortnight, but the buzz of the newsroom convinced me of the fitness of my decision,” says Jai Narayan Ram, a New Delhi-based copy editor who interned with leading news daily.

     As for students of hotel management, an internship is much like the real job. The stint shapes our career in many ways. We experience the actual situation awaiting us,” says Dhruv Khanna, a hospitality management graduate who interned with the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi. No wonder, as Jalan says, internship is the period when boys become men”.

 

Corporate mantras

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L), is organizing a programme on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business sustainability. The programme will focus on all four tenets of sustainable CSR – economic, legal, ethical and philanthropic. The three-day programme will be held from December 18-20 at the IIM-L campus.

      The programme will expose participants to current international and domestic CSR initiatives. In addition, it will focus on issues such as institutional environment and business, the concept of sustain-ability – the new broad agenda, dimensions of sustainability, social / environmental / economic dimension and public-private partnership.

      The course will address these challenges from individual, organizational, managerial and social perspectives. The issues discussed will help the participants to deal more effectively with pressures and demands that companies experience these days from a range of stakeholders.

CAMPUS BUZZ

CALCUTTA Meet the parents:

All parents, without exception, want their child to do well. At times, however, parental expectations create a lot of pressure on students. Parents in Calcutta recently had the opportunity to learn how to handle this at a session on good parenting. Organized as part of the 5th India International Premier Schools Exhibition, the session was open to all.

      Speakers included Salony Priya, counseling psychologist and parenting expert, clinical psychologist Jaita De Mullick, child and adolescent psychiatrist Rima Mukherjee, consultant psychiatrist Sabyasachi Mitra and Nirmal Agarwal, CEO, Star kids.

      Topics such as how to select an ideal school for your child, awakening the genius in your child, nurturing young minds towards excellence, positive parenting and the protective factor were discussed. The aim was to help parents understand their children better. Parents attending the session also received free counseling from child psychologists at the Anubhav Positive Psychology Clinic at the exhibition.

Fresh minds:

It is not everyday that one wins $500,000. But winners of the Business Plan Competition not only won that stupendous amount but also got the opportunity to usher new ideas in the business sector. The competition was organized by the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Calcutta, IDG Ventures, a venture capital firm, and TIE Chennai. The aim of the organizers was to recognize talent for tomorrows business.

      With the current financial crisis creating havoc in the world of business, the competition gave young aspirants a chance to start a business of their own. Applicants had to send in a commercially viable business. Kumar Logan than won the first prize in the general category while Ashiwani Kumar Gupta bagged the first prize in the student category.

NEPAL Healing lives:

The Maniple College of Medical Science (MCOMS) in Pokhara, Nepal, is inviting applications for its MBBS course. To be eligible, a minimum aggregate of 50% is required at the Plus Two level. Candidates should be above 17 years of age. There is no entrance exam for non-Nepalese students.

      Students of Indian nationality seeking admission to MCOMS and subsequently interested in practicing in India will need to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India prior to their enrolment. In addition, they will have to clear a screening test after obtaining their degree certificate, in order to practice in India.

      To apply, log on to www.manipal.edu.np or mail your queries to admissions@manipalu.com. Students can call 9731425195 for one-on-one counseling between 10.00am and 5.30pm (IST) on weekdays. The last date for admissions is January 7, 2009.

CALCUTTA Auto mode:

Autonomous learning helps students become better learners and improve their examination scores, says a study by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). CIE recently conducted a workshop to discuss the findings of a project on student-centered learning. It gave teachers access to the latest research from the faculty of education, University of Cambridge, as well as to global findings on student-centric education.

      Learning autonomy is the ultimate goal of student-centric learning. Not quite the same as independent learning,” which focuses on the individual, autonomous learning applies to groups as well as individuals. Autonomous learners take responsibility for their learning and develop strategies that enable them to learn both on their own as well as collaboratively.

      Peer and self-assessment is an integral part of student-centric learning. It involves students assessing their own or their peers work with marking schemes, criteria and exemplars. This is a skill that needs to be developed with regular practice. The concept of student-centered education is now being used in a growing number of schools. CIE gives teachers access to effective teaching and learning strategies. Many of these focus on facilitating independent learning by students who find themselves in large groups.

Super six:

NIIT, a leading global talent development corporation, has introduced six new programmes for graduates and final-year students seeking a career in Java, .Net, Web 2.0, creative publishing, systems and networking, business intelligence and data warehousing. The new postgraduate diploma programmes are designed to prepare students for the industry. The duration of these programmes will vary between 99 and 200 days.

      The objective of the Java programme is to equip students with core programming skills. The .Net programme has been designed especially for science and engineering graduates and final-year students. The programme on Adobe technology aims at preparing students on RIA (Rich Internet Applications). The creative designing and publishing course will help prepare aspirants in the field of print and publishing. The programme uses leading Adobe technologies like Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator.

      The Global Net + programme is aimed at helping students with the latest skills and certification in key technologies in the domain of infrastructure management services and networking.

      The business intelligence and data-warehousing course equips students with knowledge of the latest tools and technologies in the field, such as Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) technologies and analytics tools. The fees for the courses range between Rs.25,000 and Rs.40,000. All six courses are available at NIIT centers.

LUCKNOW FUN FIESTA

The wait was finally over for the 13-odd students of the Symbiosis Institute of Media Communication (SIMC), Pune, who had packed their bags and traveled to Lucknow to give the city a taste of SIMCs annual media fiesta – Footprints.

    The programme started with SIMC deputy director Anupam Siddharth delivering the welcome speech. Soon after the first session commenced with Kamal Khan, bureau chief, NDTV, and Lucknow, giving students an insight into the recent trend of presenting entertainment-related content on news channels. Others present on the occasion were Saranjit Singh, ex-physiotherapist, Indian womens hockey team, Sarvesh Kumar Singh, an activist working for journalists rights, and Mukul Srivastava, professor of mass communication at Lucknow University.

    Vipul and Rashi, RJs of Radio Mirchi, added colour to the event. Their session, punctuated with catchy punch lines and the right dose of humour, kept the audience glued to their seats. During the interactive session, the RJs answered career-related queries.

    The last leg of the event was on citizen journalism. Footprints also saw off-stage events like a photography competition, a short film making competition and a riveting rock band performance by participating institutes. Professionals judged the off-stage events.

 

 

WHEN BOYS BECOME MEN

YOUR INTERSHIP COULD BE THE GATEWAY TO YOUR DREAM JOB. MAKE THE MOST OF IT, SAYS DEEPESH DAS.

Debtosh Mishras two-month stint as an intern at a major bank last summer opened his eyes. The management student suddenly understood the meaning of experience.

     We learn so many theories and formulas in the classroom but when we enter the field, we find that its a different world altogether,” says the final-year postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) student at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C).

     As an intern with Citibank, Mishra may have hoped to make an immediate impression with his fresh ideas. What he learnt there, however, was quite a revelation – an experience that he would remember all his life. I worked with people who had spent 15-20 years in the field and every time I suggested an idea in response to a particular situation, their take on it was totally different from mine. Their views were more rounded and comprehensive,” says Mishra.

     Today, internships for students have become as important as the subjects they study. In fact, in areas such as business management, media and communication, fashion and hospitality management, an internship is mandatory for a final degree. The biggest companies for internship in India are the software giants such as Infosys, Wipro and Satyam, but these are mostly accessible to students with science and engineering background, especially the computer-related streams.

     At top management institutes such as the IIM, more than one-third of the students get job offers from the companies they have interned with. In institute such as the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, the figure is as high as 50%.

     A good internship stint helps in campus interviews too. Debojit Mukhopadhyay, who interned with Nokia and Jaya Shree Textiles, an Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd company, stands testimony to this. I could get a job easily through campus placement because the recruiters were impressed with the work I had done as an intern with these two companies,” says Mukhopadhyay, currently a relationship manager at ICICI Securities.

     Recruiters sometimes focus more on internships than the institute a student graduates from. Mukhopadhyay, for instance, did an MBA from the relatively new Meghnad Shah Institute of Technology in Calcutta, which was set up in 2001.

ON THE JOB

A FEW TIPS ON INTERNSHIP

1)       Take your internship seriously; it is as important as the degree itself.

2)       Choose a company that offers a good job profile.

3)       Do some background research on the company; go for an organization that takes interns seriously.

4)       Make a difference to the organization; come up with innovative ideas.

5)       A stipend is an attraction, but the money shouldnt be the sole criterion for making a decision.

6)       If you are not happy, look for an option other than the one offered.

Internships make your career

No matter what the ranking of your MBA institute is, if your internship stint is impressive it is bound make an impact. Moreover, the confidence you gain is invaluable,” he says.

     The internship recruitment process is a competitive one in top business school. Leading companies seek to scoop up the best of the lot. For instance, during the summer placement season at IIM Indore this year, there were 236 offers from 62 companies for a batch of 185 students.

     At most B-schools, students are recruited on the basis of their academic performance, group discussion and interviews. But a few companies give students the option of generating their own internship projects. Either way, an internship lasts 8 to 10 weeks.

     More than the reputation of the company, it is the quality of work done as an intern that matters. Top B-schools go to great lengths to ensure this. The role and job profile offered by the company are an important consideration; they must match the interests of the participant. The preferred roles are those in middle management,” says Abbas Ali Gabula, chairperson of external relations at SPJIMR.

     While choosing a company, we look at its brand name, the profiles it offers, the seriousness with which it takes an internship and other factors,” says Ramesh Bhat, dean, MBA, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.

     Companies, too, have their own parameters for choosing students. For instance, the Delhi-based Optima Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd looks for students with a desire to work in the field of insurance and good communication skills, since the work entails selling insurance policies and customer service. Around 20 students intern with us every year and more than 10 get absorbed,” says Rahul Agarwal, CEO of Optima Insurance.

     Most companies set high standards while deciding on interns. We select students with a strong academic background. There are two rounds of interviews, the final one being with the management of the organization,” says Romit Das Gupta, director at the Globsyn Group, Calcutta.

     It is not only students who benefit from internships. Companies, too, gain from their contribution. Our students have done various projects that have helped companies increase their revenues and process improvements leading to cost savings,” says Bhat. Of course, the students are generally paid for their work, and the money is certainly a motivation.

     Dont take up an internship just for the heck of it. Negotiate with the company about the projects you will be working on. Opt for a company that you feel will keep you on your toes rather than one that will make your life easy,” advises Deepak Jalan, managing director of Linc Pen and Plastics Ltd, Calcutta.

     Another area where an internship plays an important role is the media. My internship lasted only a fortnight, but the buzz of the newsroom convinced me of the fitness of my decision,” says Jai Narayan Ram, a New Delhi-based copy editor who interned with leading news daily.

     As for students of hotel management, an internship is much like the real job. The stint shapes our career in many ways. We experience the actual situation awaiting us,” says Dhruv Khanna, a hospitality management graduate who interned with the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi. No wonder, as Jalan says, internship is the period when boys become men”.

                 FIND A JOB THAT FITS

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SOONER OR LATER, youre going to get a call from a recruiter. Youre an Oracle pro. A Java genius. More than likely, youre already inundated with calls. All that attention can be daunting. Do you even want to work with a recruiter? What should you expect when working with one? Before you decide whether you want a recruiter on your side, check out these answers to common questions about working with recruiters.

One or more

In general, its best to work with several recruiters, as it will provide you access to the widest range of options. Be sure to keep tabs on where your resume is being submitted. If your resume reaches a company from two different recruiters, that may disqualify you straightaway.

         The reason? The company isnt going to get into a battle with the recruiters over who represents you, says Karoline Hough, assistant branch manager at the St Louis office of IT staffing firm Bradford & Galt.

Exclusive choice

If youre a candidate with skills in serious demand, a recruiter may ask for an exclusive”. That means the recruiter would represent you for a period of time – a week, lets say – with the under-standing that you wouldnt be working with other recruiters during that period.

         If you want to be a recruiters top priority, give them an exclusive,” says Hough. In this market, where the demand far outweighs the supply, a two-week exclusive is probably enough”.

Take your pick

Look to a recruiter for advice on your career but remember its your career, not the recruiters, and the ultimate decision about what jobs you seek is yours. Recruiters can help you determine whether your skills are appropriate for the market or you need additional training. They have their pulse on the market and on whats hot and whats not. But remember, recruiters earn their money by placing you; so dont rush to take a position just because a recruiter says youd be the right fit for the job.

Experience counts

IT recruiters typically work with people with several years of experience, but that varies depending on an individuals expertise and education, the field and the recruiters own areas of specialization. As you would expect, the more experience youve got – and the greater demand for it – the better off youll be finding a recruiter. If youre just getting into the industry, you may face a tough time getting a recruiter to talk to you; companies dont want to pay a recruiter to fill an entry-level job when theyve got stacks of resumes available to them.

Watch out

Just because you have got a call from a recruiter, dont assume he or she is the one for you. There are shady dealers out there,” says Jason Berkowitz, chief operating officer at Hunter Recruitment Advisors, a recruitment outsourcing company. Its important that you find someone whos on your side and who isnt just going to fax your resume all over town”. How would you guard against those shady dealers? Ask for references from two or three people the recruiter has placed and then quiz them on their experience with the recruiter.

Come true

Look for a recruiter whose honest,” says Hough. Meet with the recruiter, she advises. You want someone whos a good listener and will respond to your phone calls or emails. Consider whether they know your particular industry segment, too. Be open,” Berkowitz says. And be honest about what you want”.

 

A MATTER OF PEOPLE

The government bailout of Satyam needs to be welcomed, principally because of the 53000 employees of the software services company.

‘We are persisting with a 15th century invention (accountancy) as the principal source of business metrics’

If the Satyam fraud had happened in the US just six months ago, you would have heard a lot of talk of moral hazard on the way the government was handling the situation. The argument in the West has always been that an organization should be left to welter in its own mess. If the government or any other authority props it up, it just creates a climate where inefficiency and downright dishonesty is encouraged.

         Times have changed. The very economists and talking heads that had so many nasty things to say about Indias farm loan write-off (It encourages delinquency) are now justifying why the US government should rescue dozens of failed organization. Moral hazard went out of the window after (global investment bank) Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a whole series of unintended consequences that punished innocent bystanders, rather than those directly to blame for the collapse,” says an article in ThisIsMoney, a UK-based website. There will be no one to cavil at the Indian governments rescue of Satyam.

         There is an attitude change evident in other areas too. Webzine Management Issues says that there is a gradual realization that a company is more than the numbers; the employees matter. Citing the case of UK furniture and kitchen retailer MFI, it says, Like thousands of other companies, it (MFI) has been killed by the absurd pretence, cemented in MBA orthodoxy, that a company consists of little more than costs and resources, and that people and skills represent the soft stuff’”.

         So the government bailout of Satyam needs to be welcomed, principally because of the 53000 employees of the software services company. Most of these employees are actually deeply loyal (see box), whatever the story the high industry attrition rates may tell. Today, they will welcome the government intervention. Job security has moved to the top of the ladder of wants and needs. Singularly, Indian executives are leaving foreign banks and joining public sector banks. They may get paid less and have reduced operational freedom. But they wont get turfed out tomorrow at the first whiff of a crisis.

         Yet the Satyam story needs to have a different ending. This is a company in a service industry. Time and again, the government has shown that it just cant perform in this arena. The very job security works against it. Add to these promotions and rewards by seniority instead of merit and you have a situation that you can experience in any government office. Satyam will die if it stays in government hands though it will be a slower death.

         There is another issue in Satyam. If we are to believe what the disgraced management is saying, the company is hugely overstaffed. It is making losses because the staff numbers have been ramped up to give an impression of success; the company is paying people for doing nothing.

         Add to this mix another feature of the companys hiring policy. It follows a warped sons-of-the-soil strategy. Most of the employees – particularly in the top rungs – belong to a particular community. Now that the veil has been ripped away, Satyam stands revealed as a typical public sector company, without however the checks and balances that keep such companies from going brazenly astray of years,” says Mumbai-based HR consultant D. Singh. It is a company where the leadership was playing its own games”.

         Singh says that the solution is to merge it with a company with a better work culture. In the medium term, half the employees will lose their jobs. There may be the temptation to keep Satyam alive and feed it with government assignments. That way lays disaster. Half the employees will give up their jobs and join better places. The wrong half will stay behind. There are hazards beyond the mere moral hazard,” concludes Singh.

RATIONAL ENDURANCE

Employee feedback during a crisis (in per cent)

Really cares about the future of the company.                                           77

Is proud to work for the company.    70

Has a sense of personal accomplishment from the job.           66

Says the company is a good place to work.                                                 61

Says the company inspires people to do their best.                                     50

 

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