Nazmi Najeeb has taken her new-found confidence to Flavourite Spices Private Limited, where she has been placed as a Marketing Manager. Originally from Kerala, Nazmi did her schooling abroad in the Sultanate of Brunei; returning to India for her higher education.
“I did my UG from MG University and then chose SCMS-Cochin for my PGDM. The decision was based on the fact that SCMS was one of the best colleges in Kerala.” Exuding utmost confidence in all aspects of her personality, it comes as a surprise when Nazmi reveals that she was extremely shy, diffident, and acutely lacked confidence right upto the day she entered SCMS-Cochin.
“SCMS provides you the environment and encouragement to feel confident about your own self. We were provided a lot of training – a lot of notes and tips – to build on our personality. We were guided on the ethics and principles while in an interview. It has all helped immensely. One thing I would say is I was not at all time-efficient. I used to be slow and would take all my time to finish an assigned task. SCMS-Cochin changed all that. There would be so many things that had to be wrapped up within tight deadlines. Back to back assignments, projects, group discussions, papers, all of it had to be squeezed within a certain span.”
Nazmi acknowledges that SCMS-Cochin has certainly not been easy; apart from the hard-word there were a lot of rules and regulations. But she concedes that she would not exchange the experience for anything else in life.
“I needed discipline; I needed confidence… and I’ve got it here. It was a bit hard in the initial stage, but after that we went along with it quite well. It helps me a lot now in office to cope up the stress.”
Nazmi Najeeb has already joined Flavourite Spices on 4th April, 2013.
“For the first year I will be a management trainee. For a marketing profile you have to be very smart, very spontaneous. There is hardly any time to think. You are given the task right on the spot and you need to be on your toes all the time. You have to be ready to derive effective results. SCMS-Cochin trained us well enough on how to handle such situations. We were exposed to a lot of practical knowledge. Our classes were always balanced with real-life lessons and interaction with the industry. PGDM at SCMS-Cochin is not about the same, old, traditional curriculum that many B-schools in India still deliver. Here the course is structured in a way that the students can be industry-ready as soon as they step out in the real world. The syllabus is up-to-date and it definitely is helping me in my current job.”
Nazmi believes that SCMS-Cochin has taught her that the most important thing in life is to remain positive.
“Life will keep giving you reasons to be disappointed but that should not let you down or let you lose hope. If you excel in something, you would not be left behind.”
Nazmi Najeeb is not looking at hopping jobs as a means to further her career, but is willing to embark on the deliberate climb up the ladder at this mid-sized company. She prefers a job that offers challenges, and there are quite a few in her current one. Five years down the line she intends becoming an important part of her company’s growth story, heading a domain or a division altogether.
Marketing Manager, Flavourite Spices Pvt. Ltd.
2011-13 Batch, SCMS-Cochin