Athira Unni M., PGDM, Batch 20, SCMS-COCHIN, is a people person and she loved her internship in the HR department of Tulip in Bangalore. Ask her what she enjoyed most, and quick comes the reply, “The most enjoyable part of the project was meeting new people every day, thus helping me create a huge social network.”
Athira was born in Kerala but grew up in Goa. She chose to move to Bangalore on the advice of a senior at SCMS-COCHIN who had earlier interned with Tulip.
Her role at Tulip was to design and implement various employee engagement activities in the South zone. She worked in the Tulip Data centre as well as Tulip Telecom. She had to ensure that all the activities were conducted simultaneously throughout the southern region, i.e. Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Trivandrum and Bangalore. She also looked after the recruitment procedures with one of her colleague from SCMS-COCHIN.
Although Athira’s interest lay in HR, it was a challenging assignment for her, since she was completely new to employee engagement. The major hurdles she had to overcome were targets to be achieved within a particular time and managing a huge crowd while conducting activities. She smiles and recalls, “Although these are corporate professionals, when it comes to activities, they get too noisy and it’s very difficult to manage them as you are just an intern!” She feels her interpersonal skills and ability to be strict if required were the strengths that helped her manage this challenge. She also said that conducting such activities was fun and motivating due to the positive response from the employees. More than anything else, she is highly appreciative of the opportunity to learn through real practical experience.
Meeting deadlines was not a problem to manage since she is used to SCMS-COCHIN curriculum that encourages meeting tight deadlines and helps in learning time management. Sharing her learning from the internship, Athira says, “I feel the main learning for me has been the exposure to corporate culture, adaptability to any situation, and taking up tough responsibilities”. She is very excited about her exposure and work experience. Her advice to juniors at SCMS-COCHIN is, “Be prepared for competition and challenges when step out of home. A strong and determined mind-set can help you achieve everything you are asked to and then more!”