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“First we are taught how to follow and then we are shown how to lead,” says latest graduate Asheeta Prabhu who just joined Deloitte as a Tax Consultant

Asheeta 1Asheeta Prabhu, a recent graduate of PGDM Class of 2016 of SCMS Cochin School of Business, believes that the biggest advantage she got from her institute was the leadership skills she developed. It helped the PGDM Batch 23 student throughout her stint at the institute and during the all-important placement process as well. The anxious, bumbling girl who came to SCMS Cochin School of Business with hopes for a career in the corporate world has been rewarded with a placement with Deloitte. Here she describes her journey from classrooms to one of the leading corporate brands in the world.

Two years ago

Asheeta remembers her first day at the institute vividly and reminds us that it’s where the journey began for her. “There was a lot of anxiety and tension all around; we were meeting new faces but had no idea what MBA life had in store for us, she says, looking back. “I had decided to go with the flow and give it my best shot every step of the way. That attitude has helped me immensely because I have been able to make the most of the opportunities the institute offered me. And it indeed offers a lot! You just need to know how to make the most of the opportunities presented.”

She believes that one of the crucial learning opportunities during her stint at the institute has been understanding the value of time. It has not only made her punctual but also well organized to take on different responsibilities and deliver on them. “We have had tight schedules all through these two years. Earlier we would have one week’s time to study for the exams, now it’s just one day along with 5-6 assignments. We have been made to pick up the skill of coping with pressure very well –  this is a skill that will come handy forever” she says with a smile.

The leader in Asheeta shines through

According to Asheeta, what sets SCMS Cochin’s Management students apart from the rest is the fact that they are trained to be Leaders from day one. “We learn how to follow and then we are taught how to lead,” says Asheeta while thinking of her journey. “I will rely on these leadership skills in my work life. I know I can be a leader in individual situations but at the same time function well in a team environment. This will help me in my career, which I can’t wait to start now,” she says enthusiastically.

The number game

Asheeta has done her specialization in Finance and is happy that she has bagged a placement in keeping with her interests and skills. She will be working with Deloitte as a Tax Consultant, and is thrilled about her profile. “I will be dealing with clients in the U.S. and it’s a huge responsibility. But I see it as an opportunity to shine and showcase my talents. I will do that from day 1, so in few years’ time I manage to establish myself as a competent manager in Finance,” she says. And given her confidence and focus, you would put good money on her accomplishing just that.

 
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Anubhav Agarwal made the journey from North to South in order to learn Management from a very diverse PGDM classroom

AnubhavAnubhav Agarwal was in for pleasant surprises when he made the long journey from New Delhi to SCMS Cochin to pursue his management aspirations. “I was nervous having covered all that distance to do Management. But as I reached campus, I was instantly made to feel at home and comfortable at the institute,” he says. “It has given me so much right from day one – I will always cherish this special bond we have.” The bond seems to have been cemented with his placement with Deloitte. And now, the new graduate is on cloud nine.

Learning to adapt from day 1

Anubhav believes that one of the important attributes for all managers to have is an ability to adapt to different situations and environments. He had to do that at SCMS Cochin as he was the only student from North India. “Thankfully I was assigned a mentor who immediately took me under his wings. I was also well accepted by the students here and that made things easier for me. I had done my BBA and am from a Science background, so Accounts was a bit tricky for me. I managed to adjust well and I see that as an accomplishment at my B School,” he says proudly.

From anchoring, to choreography to singing… a journey of variety

Anubhav talks about the academic rigour and the interesting teaching pedagogy that helped him not only understand management concepts but their practical applications as well. However, he appreciates the fact that SCMS Cochin also encouraged the extracurricular talents in him too. “I have always been a singer, but my stage skills improved at the institute,” he shares. “I was the choreographer and anchor of the core team for Parivartana and it was a huge learning experience for me.”

Not only did it help Anubhav gain confidence, but it also helped him understand a thing or two about organizing events. Overall, he admits that the IMLP sessions helped him take things to a higher level. “These sessions were designed to boost our presentation skills but they did a lot more than that. My communication skills have improved to a large extent, and that’s something I am quite happy about because it’s crucial for my career,” he adds thoughtfully.

Welcome to the corporate world

With his improved communication skills, Anubhav, who specialized in HR, managed to impress his recruiters. It bagged him a job with Deloitte in their HR team. “I have been offered the role of an analyst in their talent acquisition team. It’s an ideal fit for my career goals and I am eager to prove myself as a professional. I will also learn a lot along the way and build on the experiences that SCMS Cochin have given me till date.” His words are filled with hope and anticipation for a glorious career.

 
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Karthika Sivan talks about the tangible and intangible benefits of the PDGM programme at SCMS Cochin School of Business

Karthika SivanAs we sit down to talk with Karthika Sivan, student of SCMS Cochin PGDM Batch 23 (Class 2014-2016), about her placement with the prestigious Aditya Birla Pantaloons, we realize that her mind has wandered off to her first day at the institute. She is filled with emotions as she says, “There was a lot of anticipation in the air. We knew that we had come to a place, which was going to shape our future. We were nervous but filled with hope.” And two years later, their hopes and decision of joining the institute have paid off.

The tangible and the intangible benefits

Karthika asserts that it’s practically impossible to account for all the important takeaways from SCMS Cochin School of Business. According to her, a lot of it is an inherent part of learning at the institute and the benefits will be explored in many ways in the future. “If I have to count the few important ones, then I would say that I have learned the importance of time; I have become more disciplined and also flexible enough to handle various situations in different environments,” she states.

Karthika also admits that she was lacking in confidence when she joined SCMS. But things seem to have changed drastically for her as she has come into her own during her time at the institute. “I would be so unsure of what I should be saying. But today I can go on any stage and make my point. It is something I am quite proud of because it’s a huge transformation. I am also more organized in life, which should do me well in my career,” she says with a smile.

Turning challenges into opportunities

Academic rigour at an institute like SCMS Cochin School of Business is going to bring its set of challenges; however, Karthika feels that she had been equipped by her faculty team to turn them into opportunities. “There were challenges throughout, but they kept things exciting,” she says. “The curriculum brought in pressure and we had to keep up with deadlines. One big challenge was the internship but we grew from that and I think that has been the stepping stone for my career now.”

Up, up and away

Karthika is now raring to go in her new role as a Department Manager with Aditya Birla Pantaloons. She believes her Systems and Operations specialization will be put to good use as she manages the backend operations of the company. “I feel I will also be able to excel in customer relations responsibilities. It’s the perfect platform for my long term career and I am so excited to get started. SCMS Cochin has brought me a long way already, and now it’s up to me to keep going further and higher,” she says with bigger dreams in her eyes.

 
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Beating the blues of Accounts and starting on with Deloitte – Meera Rajagopal’s SCMS PGDM journey

Meera Raja Gopal“I believe SCMS Cochin has done a great job in building my self-confidence. It has given me the courage to take on responsibilities and accept challenges with the conviction that I will be able to deliver on them in time.” These are the words of Meera Rajgopal, student of PGDM 23 (Class of 2014- 2016), who did her specialization in Systems and Operations and has bagged a placement with a renowned name like Deloitte.

Here she takes us through her journey with the institute from day one to her coveted placement.

A friendly start

Meera’s first day is etched in her mind because that’s the day she met her closest friend at the institute and a faculty member who made her feel at home at once. “It was a truly special day in every sense because I met my close friend here and we ended up being together throughout these two years,” she recalls. “We also got chance to interact with the faculty members who made us feel comfortable right at the outset. That feeling of comfort and being at home stayed through the two years of my journey here.”

In fact, Meera talks highly of the support she received from her friends and faculty even when she has to think of her most challenging moment at SCMS Cochin. “Being from a B.Tech background I was petrified of Accounts. Thankfully, our faculty member helped me get over the fear. I would say the faculty team is the lifeline of the institute and we just couldn’t have done it without them,” she adds.

Creating well-rounded professionals the SCMS way

SCMS Cochin not only prepares you for your professional journey but does everything possible to offer you overall well-rounded learning experience. In particular, Meera mentions the IMLP sessions that improved her presentation skills. “We were put in different groups and had to do a presentation on a particular topic every week,” she explains. “These half hour presentations were instrumental in improving our stage presence to a large extent.”

Meera also highlights the fact that meeting professionals on campus, including entrepreneurs and academics from different walks of life and industries, boosted her confidence. It helped her through the placement process when she had to face her recruiters for the first time.

Ready for the life of a corporate professional

Her student years might not be far behind, but Meera is making the transition to being a corporate professional. She will be working in the Bangalore office of Deloitte as a Knowledge Analyst. She is gung ho about what the future holds. “SCMS Cochin has brought me to this place in my life and now things are going to get bigger and better. I am looking forward to proving myself as a corporate professional,” she ends on a high note.

 
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“Do not underestimate the importance of Team Work” – Danish Xavier, PGDM Class of 2016, placed with Coffee Day Beverages

2Danish Xavier, student of SCMS Cochin PGDM 23 – Class of 2014-2016, believes that teamwork has been instrumental in his learning and growth as a budding professional. Now that he has been placed as a Sales Management Trainee with Coffee Day Beverages in Bangalore, he plans to invoke that team spirit at work. According to him, this trait and every other skill he has gained at the B-school will help him work towards being a successful professional

A bumbling start

Danish describes his first day at SCMS Cochin as awkward as he had stepped onto the campus as a nervous Electrical and Electronics graduate. After two years, he is not only walking away with a PGDM, specializing in Systems and Operations, but an experience that will help him throughout his life. “I made a few friends on the first day but I was pretty nervous. Two years later I would say it has been an enlightening journey that has brought about several changes in me,” he says with a smile.

Time to smell the coffee

According to Danish, every day at the institute was an eye-opening experience, and he had reality checks every step of the way. “There were three important takeaways for me in these two years: the importance of hard work, discipline and teamwork. The biggest challenge was keeping up with the deadlines. The IMLP sessions not only tested our presentation skills but the ability to deliver on time as well,” he says, reminiscing on his time at the institute.

But the challenges taught Danish ways to improvise and that held him in good stead. He mentions how he started making a set of timetables for the day, which helped him distribute the work load over a week to keep a handle on things. “It taught me so much about time management that I am grateful for today. I used to be quite lazy but I would like to believe I have become more efficient. SCMS Cochin has given me the perfect combination of knowledge and confidence to go into the professional world with a strong belief in my abilities,” he adds.

Time to sell the coffee

Now that he will be working with the sales team of a big brand like Coffee Day Beverages, Danish is reminded of the importance of teamwork. It’s something he learned in SCMS Cochin and plans to use it to good effect. “You can’t function in the professional world on your own. I will be a team player at work, where I have plenty of opportunities to grow,” he says, buzzing with energy. “After a month of training I will be the Territory Sales Manager. I will be meeting with clients, setting up dates, negotiating proposals etc. It’s going to be one exciting ride that I am really looking forward to.”

 
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