When Priyank Mehta was confirmed for a Summer Internship with the BFSI giant, Muthoot FinCorp, little did he know that it was the beginning of the greatest rollercoaster ride of his life. Just back to SCMS Cochin School of Business from his internship, Priyank says that when he cleared the two rounds of HR interviews – one at the Cochin office and the other a Skype interview with HR in Trivandrum – he thought he had made it. As it turned out, the interviews were the easiest part of his initiation into the corporate world.
“My advice to my juniors at SCMS Cochin School of Business is that before stepping into the corporate world, prepare yourselves to work very, very hard. Secondly, you should at all times bear in mind that the boss is always correct. Last but not the least, be ready to be hauled up for your mistakes, and don’t pull long faces. Take it for what it’s worth and just let it go.”
Priyank was assigned to the Delhi office of Muthoot FinCorp. Having done his B.Sc. in Applied Physical Sciences from Hindu College, Delhi University, he was sure this would be an advantage.
“On a typical day during the internship, I had to report to a given branch at 9 AM. My main job was to observe the customers, interact with them, find out their satisfaction/ dissatisfaction levels, and report back to the manager for redressal. I was also required to note facts and figures with regard to the vicinity of the branch for resource mapping as well. This was to help me compile my overall project report. Apart from this, I had to look for secondary data from the employees of that branch. This, of course, was the toughest part and involved a lot of pleasing and flattering. In all, I visited almost 16-17 branches across Delhi during the internship.”
Priyank Mehta says that Professor Sreekumar Pillai (faculty of Marketing at SCMS Cochin School of Business) had a major role to play in giving him a big start in the selection process at Muthoot FinCorp. He is also candid about the fact that the most important lesson about corporate life was that nobody had the time to sit him down and explain things. He was expected to find things out on his own. In such a scenario, he found most of the help coming from his faculty at SCMS Cochin School of Business.
“I had to learn to extract work from the employees and sometimes needed to flatter the project guide for some work or the other. This experience is totally different from whatever I had experienced before. No one has the time for you, there is not much merit in crying your grief to your boss… you have to take care of yourself at every step and have to carve out your own path. It was here that Professor V. Srinivasan – my faculty mentor from SCMS Cochin School of Business – was a great support. He guided me and shared his experiences of the corporate world, which really helped me during the SIP. In fact, most of the faculty members at SCMS Cochin School of Business have extensive corporate experience to share with the students. It is why SCMS Cochin School of Business has had an exceptional placement record for the 20 batches that have passed out.”
Born and brought up in Jhansi (UP), Priyank says that he did not have to think twice before travelling southward to SCMS Cochin School of Business for a good business education.
“The experience has been good till date. The southern part of India is as beautiful as I had heard. The weather is good and so are the beaches. I learnt a few words in Malayalam but it’s not like Hindi or English; it’s tough to learn. The difference in cuisine was also a challenge initially.”
Priyank underscores the fact that his time at SCMS Cochin School of Business has been full of sweet and sour moments and experiences, which he has enjoyed very much. He advises his juniors to take the college rules and discipline seriously, as they help a lot during the SIP.