As a son of an Armyman, Sachin Vijayan enjoyed studying and growing up in various parts of India. But after a B.Com from Mahatma Gandhi University, when it came to selecting a B-school for his management education, he decided to journey back to his home state, Kerala.
“SCMS-Cochin is the most prestigious B-school in Kerala. Since I wanted nothing but the best for my post-graduation in management, I targeted SCMS-Cochin. These two years at SCMS-Cochin were filled with all kinds of colors. It was fun, challenging and motivating for me, in the process helping me transform into a better personality. The learning helped me realize that wherever I reach in my life I should never forget my roots and those who helped me reach my destiny.”
While Sachin acknowledges that from Day 1 itself SCMS-Cochin challenged him to think out of the box and look beyond self-imposed limits, the most challenging phase came during the internship with Pantaloons Retail India Ltd.
“All of a sudden we were exposed to the practical side of the classroom teaching, and its real time application in business. The learning was immense. To a large extent, I was able to crack my placement as Assistant Manager at Madura Fashion and Lifestyle because of my internship with Pantaloons. My internship helped me gain experience in all the verticals and ensured I was 100% prepared for the challenges of placement with a retailing giant like Madura.”
Sachin believes his academic experience at SCMS-Cochin has made getting a job seem easier, and on expected lines. To him, the best thing about the course is that it is absolutely up to date.
“If you walk where your passion leads you, success will follow you. As students of management, we often make the mistake of picking up a particular specialization with the sole aim of getting placed. My advice to my younger colleagues is, choose to specialise in a subject you are passionate about. If you enjoy learning, you will definitely achieve success.”
Sachin Vijayan is by nature a cautious man, given to thinking twice before taking any decision. He likes to create a link between the practice and theory, before going ahead with something.
“Since my area of interest is HR, I keep in mind that people are not just motivated in monetary terms but they need better recognition at work. It is for this reason that I believe that, even in these challenging times there are opportunities galore for those who are determined and clearly focused towards what they want. It is something that has been deeply ingrained in me at SCMS-Cochin.
Sachin Vijayan confesses that rather than “hop, step and jump” in his career, he would rather spend a long time with the organisation he currently is. 5 years down the line, he sees himself as a regional HR manager at Madura Fashion and Lifestyle.