Students of SCMS Cochin School of Business had the privilege of being in the esteemed company of not one but two renowned names in the world of finance: Mr. K. Sukumaran, National Securities Market, and Mr. I. M. Suresh Kumar, Assistant General Manager, SBI. The two accomplished professionals recently conducted a session on Securities Investment in order to increase the students’ knowledge in this area. It was a much anticipated Industry Institute Interface session, as evidenced by the size of the audience. All in all, it was an opportunity for all involved to learn more about investments and to gain insight into the Finance sector.
The engaging session began with the speakers making students aware of the economic environment in the country. Mr. Sukumaran then talked about the relationship between savings and investments. While offering solutions to the all important what, why, when, how and where of investments, he stressed upon their pre-requisites too. He then came to the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Investing,’ which was important information, not just for the students, but for all in attendance. Students also had a lot of questions for the speakers, who were more than willing to provide thorough answers.
Naturally, with highly accomplished Finance professionals in their midst, future managers in the gathering wanted to know more about career opportunities in the field. Mr. Sukumaran had heartening news, as he said, “It’s a growing field, which is why there are plenty of opportunities. Banking and Securities market sectors are always on high demand and so the opportunities are in abundance.” He wanted the students to know that numbers are everywhere, and that he expects this trend in job growth to continue.
Both speakers agreed on the fact that though Finance might be considered a dry field compared to marketing, it is a field where things keep changing frequently. According to Mr. Sukumaran and Mr. Kumar, that makes things exciting for professionals, but it also brings its challenges. Mr. Kumar made the students aware of that when he stated, “Of course the field is stressful and you have to put in your best efforts. Your job will not only test your knowledge about finance, but your communication skills as well. But, it’s worth it at the end of the day.”
Mr. Sukumaran then stressed the importance of understanding different Banking functions for students who want to make a career in the field. He believes that Knowledge is power, where 50% is curriculum and 50% lies in empowering ourselves. It was a mantra that instantly hit home with the audience. He then urged students to keep themselves abreast with the latest goings-on in the field, with a focus on opting for quizzes and extracurricular activities that would keep things more interesting.
That seemed to be exactly what was happening on this day. Students gained important knowledge as the two stalwarts in the field made the proceedings lively and thoroughly interesting. Moreover, students left the gathering on a positive note when Mr. Kumar said, “Today there are many who are moving to the banking sector from different industries. That’s because of the job security, which is something that many professionals look for.” That made one thing clear for students: it’s a career they can bank on.