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PGDM Class of 2016 is witnessing a strong start to placement season

Interim Placement Report 2016: Placement season at SCMS Cochin School of Business has got off to a strong start. Average compensation, maximum salary, number of recruiters and profile of recruiters all are showing healthy trends for PGDM Class 2016. A total of 33 companies across Banking, Insurance, Consultancy, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Retail, Telecommunications, Travel & Tourism, Pharma have made offers so far, covering about 68% of the eligible batch.

The average CTC offered based on packages offered so far is Rs 5 lakhs p.a. with a highest offer of Rs 7 lakhs p.a. Some of the leading companies out of the 33 that have recruited are Deloitte, Idea Cellular, TCS, Asian Paints, Godrej & Boyce, GIC Housing Finance, South Indian Bank, Exide Industries, Abbott Healthcare and Ujjivan Financial Services.

SCMS has a track record of providing placements to all the eligible students, ever since it was started in 1992. In the academic year 2014-15, 56 major corporate houses hired from campus. With its entrepreneurial culture and variety of programs, SCMS strives to offer industry the best talent.

Regarding hiring trends this year, George Joseph, Chairperson, Placement, SCMS Cochinsaid“Markets seem to have opened up and good corporates are in search of good talent. At the same time, they remain very choosy with regard to their commitment and recruiting attitude. Newer companies have visited this year with compensation offer going up as well.”

Dr. Filomina P. George, Director, SCMS Cochin says “We at SCMS endeavour to prepare our students to take up the emerging challenges and groom them towards excellence as they pass through the portals of this institution. Recruiters appreciate this quality about our graduates.”

With its transparent system of posting job profiles and matching students with recruiters, SCMS Cochin continues to strive to maximise opportunities for its student.

Over the years, SCMS Cochin students have gone on to occupy leadership positions in reputable corporates both in India and abroad, which is a testament to the quality of its programs.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in News And Events

 

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Could SCMS be Gopikrishnan’s Ground Zero for Learning?

  • PGDM Class of 2016;
  • Placed with Muthoot Fincorp

GopikrishnanSCMS Cochin had given me adequate knowledge about Finance. Personality Development Programs helped me express it comfortably and confidently during my placement interview. I think that’s why I got picked for the job with Muthoot Fincorp,” says Gopikrishnan.

The young one from Bhopal had made the journey to Kerala based on the reputation of the B School. He knows that after two years his career prospects are definitely on the rise.

On a career high

As he starts his professional journey on a strong note, Gopikrishnan is filled with excitement and enthusiasm. He relives the moment when he heard the news of his placement emotionally, as he says, “I was so overjoyed; I called my parents right away to share the good news with them. It was dream come true for all of them. I think the efforts, the self-motivating tasks, the activities we do at SCMS Cochin School of Business helped us understand what industry expects of us, and that somehow showed during the placements.”

According to Gopikrishnan, not only was he well prepared to make an impression during the crucial interview but is ready to make an impact at work too. “The role offered to me is that of a management trainee. The company expects me to be sincere, committed and transparent in the tasks assigned. I feel equipped to handle the responsibilities given to me because of the experiences I’ve had during my PGDM days.” he asserts.

Ground Zero for learning

Gopikrishnan admits that one of the reasons why he chose to do his PGDM was definitely because of the employability factor. He opted for the program at SCMS Cochin because of its reputation and high brand value. It has been the perfect combination for him. “I had heard about the institute from ex-students. But you have to go through the experience to believe it. The course is updated keeping industry demands in mind and faculty team has an in-depth knowledge of the subject. They are also very helpful and understanding, which is a huge advantage,” he states.

He also mentions the innovative teaching pedagogy employed by the faculty members to keep things relatable to students. But according to Gopikrishnan, it’s the hands-on learning experience you get at SCMS Cochin that makes all the difference. “There are different initiatives including industry interface sessions that give you exposure to the corporate world. I did my SIP with Palm Fibre (India) Private Limited, Alleppey and that has been one of the most complete experiences of my life so far,” he stresses.

Down the memory lane

While Gopikrishnan is looking ahead to his professional journey, he can’t but help reminiscence about the place where it all happened. He believes SCMS Cochin taught him calmness, patience and determination. “It has been a fascinating journey and the institute has transformed me completely. I am really going to miss my faculty and of course, the entire batch. I would urge my juniors to make the most of every moment and opportunities they have. It will help you with your personality development and placements too,” he concludes.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in News And Events

 

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Sibin Thomas Simon’s roadmap

SCMS Cochin to Retail Industry placement to Entrepreneurial dreams

sibin“Punctuality, discipline and professionalism are the three most important things that SCMS Cochin School of Business taught me and am sure a lot of us would agree to that. It has also given me a vital experience that I hope to build on in the future. In fact, I’d say that the institute has been the backbone of my placement.” These are the words of Sibin Thomas Simon, PGDM Class of 2016. He has been placed in the retail industry with Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, and sees it as a challenge to excel and gain further experience, as he works towards his dream of becoming an Entrepreneur.

Graduating from classroom to corporate suit

Sibin admits that he didn’t have a very significant academic record to boast during his school and early college years. But things changed as he focused on his PGDM and joined SCMS Cochin. “I wanted to get into management, a goal that has now changed to becoming an entrepreneur. But at that time SCMS Cochin seemed the best bet for me because I had heard a lot about it and knew that it would give me the exposure required to make inroads into the corporate world,” he explains.

Sibin believes that the journey with his B School was challenging but an interesting one. Having specialized in Finance, he understands the importance of having clear Concepts. “You shouldn’t underestimate the significance of the classroom learning because the basics are absolutely crucial. The overall experience has been fantastic too and it is apt to say that SCMS is the kind of place where a boy is transformed into a responsible man, self- willingly,” he adds.

Placement- placement- placement time!

SCMS prepares you for your final placement day daily, in little ways that you probably would not realize in the initial months. “Aptitude tests and assignments, Live Case studies, group tasks, event management roles, strict deadlines, last minute tests, summer internships, OTBs, industry speakers’ engaging sessions, they all collectively become treasure troves to learn from. Each day I was getting trained towards becoming more corporate savvy. The result had to show in my interview,” Sibin says with a smile.

Sibin also drew on his experience during the Summer Internship with Thomas Cook India Limited, Cochin and showed his interviewers that he was cut out for corporate life. He reveals his success mantra for the interview when he says, “You need to be able to mould yourself depending on the interviewer. I had used relevant but big quotes during the Group Discussion, and carried the form into the interview where I was clear and as honest as I could be.”

What lies ahead?

The reward for Sibin’s efforts is a placement as an Assistant Store Manager with Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, an Aditya Birla Group initiative. The job means the world to him at the moment. “I want to make my father proud of my achievements. And I want to deliver on the responsibilities given to me and let my employers know that they did the right thing by hiring me,” he says looking forward.

Sibin is aware that he has a brilliant opportunity now to work with a brand that is well known. He is not focused on the salary package as much as the learning experience and understanding the work culture of a big corporate house. “You need to work hard but be really smart about it as well, because that will display your talent a lot better. SCMS Cochin has given me a strong professional start and I will capitalize on it as I get work experience to become an entrepreneur in the future,” he concludes on a high note.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in News And Events

 

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5 TAKEAWAYS from my last 6 months as a PGDM student at SCMS Cochin School of Business

  • Thazni Siar

Born in Trivandrum, Kerala and moved to SCMS Cochin for her Post Graduate Diploma in Management

PGDM- post graduate diploma in management, the word itself is a mystery, I had lot of questions before joining this course like what would they be teaching, method of study, as the course and syllabus don’t come under any university-my level of curiosity went on getting multiplied. After joining the course and experiencing it, I can now share what to expect from your PGDM experience at SCMS.

So here are my five major takeaways since I started the journey at my Bschool:

  1. Punctuality:

As a manager one should be punctual in every work they have being assigned. The course pattern is designedin ways where ones sense of Punctuality is primary. There is no scope for mistiming as the course itself is tightly packed.  I believe no other course, which comes under management studies, would give such importance to Time Management. SCMS Cochin School of Business takes great care in planning and organizing the timetable to ensure that each one of us learns the value of Time.

  1. Integrated Management Learning Program (IMLP):

1Stage fear is a very common feeling. Unfortunately, managers can’t afford to give room to this particular fear.The PGDM at SCMS Cochin School of Business has IMLP helping students overcome this fear. Young managers are encouraged to face an entire class of 130 students and present on various topics (twice) on term basis. They also need to take questions from audience on the topic they present and ideate-debate constructively.

  1. Parivarthana:

SCMS Cochin School of Business’ socio-awareness program or its annual CSR activity is an impacting exercise for bringing meaningful changes in the society.  Each year, the School selects a very pressing social issue and addresses elementary schools and educate the young minds to battle those challenges.I am learning the importance of being socially connected and staying socially responsible.

  1. Shikar:2

Shikar is the annual management fest of SCMS Cochin and is quite an awaited event in the southern part of India.Being completely student driven, this management fest is the particular platform where the students get real life experience of managing, organizing and co-coordinating various events.  Each and every member work in teams and I feel Shikar can be a very interesting takeaway from the PGDM course I am attending.

  1. Mentoring/ mentor groups:

3For proper guidance and for giving every individual student equal attention, a group of nine or ten students is assigned to a particular faculty. The events and activities held at the school are then streamlined as per mentor groups. This also enhances team spirit and coordination for each individual. Mentor would help his/her mentees with ideas and concepts which can be related to subjects or co-curricular activities.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Student Life

 

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What brewed at SCMS Cochin that led Danish to the amazing Coffee Day Placement?

Danish Xavier is on caffeine high. After two years of incessant hard work at SCMS Cochin School of Business have culminated in his placement with Coffee Day Beverages as a Management Trainee in Sales. “Every day at the institute has been about preparing us towards being industry ready. Now I feel very well prepared for the corporate world.”

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Here’s Danish’s story of scaling new heights in a short span of two years.

The finishing touches

Danish is of the opinion that SCMS Cochin is the perfect finishing school for management aspirants. “Everything I had learned here in two years, including the basic concepts, I got to express them during the interview. There were mock group discussions held, and aptitude training given to us. The PDPs, the IMPLPs, the Institute industry Interaction (III) sessions gave me all the confidence I needed for the interview,” he says.

At one point during the interview, Danish had to defend his statement, which he did without batting an eyelid. He thinks the fact that he didn’t back off, made an impact on the interviewers. And his reward for the performance is a placement in a B2B role. “I would be required to meet clients’ set proposals, manage clients in a particular area and increase the sales of Coffee Day Brewing Machines. I am up to the challenge because I have been groomed as an all rounded professional,” he says confidently.

The strong foundation

The small town, electronics engineering graduate had corporate dreams. He realized early on that PGDM had an edge over MBA because of the industry focused, frequently updated curriculum. Joining the best PGDM program at the top school in his state was an easy decision. “The syllabus they are teaching at SCMS Cochin has been designed to match real industry needs. There is something important you are learning practically every day,” he adds.

Danish talks about the contribution of his faculty members, who were available to clear their doubts any time of the day. They also implemented interesting teaching methods that boosted classroom engagement, according to him. That’s how the platform for future managers is created at the B School.

SIP – the challenges, the final project leading to final placement

Danish agrees that one of the important aspects of learning at the institute is the focus on2 practical, hands on learning experience. And it’s epitomized by the SIP program that gives students a taste of real world corporate life. “My SIP was with Manju Garments, Perumbavoor. While everyone was busy choosing big brands for their SIP, I chose a smaller brand. I wanted to learn and that’s something I did indeed. Being a small company, they hadn’t optimized their digital means. I, along with my other colleague from SCMS helped them getting things digitalized- from salary to recording documents. My interviewers took a lot of interest in my SIP project and it tilted the balance for me,” he adds thoughtfully.

He finally urges his juniors at the institute to make the most of various opportunities SCMS Cochin provides them with. After all, he himself went through the different stages of the learning process and has come out as a professional with true potential.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Placements, Student Life

 

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