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“I wanted a good job and SCMS has helped me achieve it”, exults Sreedevi.

IMG_0925Sreedevi has recently been placed with Ernst & Young, Trivandrum, as a Business Analyst through the SCMS Cochin School of Business campus recruitment season of 2015. She is ecstatic, exclaiming “I could not believe I had bagged the job. The first thing I did was call my father.” This job is a clear result of her dedication and foresight: “I did my graduation in Math from Trivandrum. I always believed that management with math is a good combination that will help me find a good job and it did!”

After her graduation, Sreedevi wasn’t sure about which college to join. She is a girl who likes to stay close to home; so, she had never imagined a life away from home: “The decision to join PGDM at SCMS was really tough for me. I couldn’t stay away from home, but then I realized I had to push my boundaries and explore more opportunities and places if I want to succeed. I was searching for a good management institute and became aware of SCMS through local media. I got in touch with a cousin who had studied at SCMS and is well placed today. On her recommendation, I joined the institute.”

Sreedevi was told that she would have to work very hard at SCMS, and that the program is rigorous; however, that did not stand in her way once she had made up her mind to join the college. Today, those high-wired days have left her with close friends and sweet memories. “I will miss my friends the most”, she says.“And, I will also miss being in a hostel with lots of friends, with everyone helping each other under immense stress, working together at nightand studying together. In fact, I will miss SCMS – even the faculty members who seemed such hard task masters at that time!”

The interviews during recruitment are very intense and the schedule can be very demanding. Sreedevi was the last candidate to be interviewed and her session ended after midnight. Everyone was tired, but Sreedevi displayed a resilience that possibly cinched the job for her. “It’s not easy to have much energy in you at 12.30 in the night, she says. “We all were feeling very stressed out, we had been sitting through various sessions and had been at the venue for 24 hours!The recruiters expected me to be tired, but I decided to gather all the energy I could and put it into the personal interview. Not only did I answer the questions posed to me, but I also asked relevant questions. I believe that’s what got me placed.”

Sreedevi believes the reason she could think through these processes was the work SCMS had done to prepare her for this final selection. “Our faculty made us undergo several aptitude tests”, she says. “We also had group discussions that were carefully monitored by the faculty, and this has shown results.” Sreedevi signs off with a simple advice to her juniors that during a GD, they must remain focused on the topic and be confident.

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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Placements

 

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“I believe PGDM is a continually updated program in comparison to an MBA, and now I am sure about it”, says Litty who is all set to start her journey with KPMG

Litty Philip“I had a dream. I wanted to work with KPMG and it has come true”, gushes Litty Philip who can’t contain her excitement at the moment. Litty gives the credit of her success to the academic training as well as the professional grooming provided by SCMS Cochin School of Business, “I not only knew my subject well, but was also prepared for the Group discussion and interview. SCMS had me completely equipped for the industry.”

Litty was surprised when she was offered the job. It was only when the interviewer asked her to call her parents to confirm whether she would sign the bond that she realised she had done it! She was ecstatic and her father supported her. However, she became confused when she became aware the location of her posting. It was her mentor who guided her through that time, “Not only was the package below my expectation but the place was also not Bangalore. I wasn’t sure I could stay in Cochin. But my mentor advised me to take up the job. She helped me take the right decision of choosing a great work place and learning opportunity. I am really thankful to her.”

Litty is going to join KPMG as an Audit Associate. She would be working with the Global Auditing team. The job is an achievement for Litty who shares that she actually started working seriously on her career only after tenth grade. She wasn’t sure which college to opt for and was advised by her senior to join SCMS Cochin School of Business. He was also instrumental in her choosing PGDM over MBA, “I was told that PGDM is a continually updated program in comparison to an MBA, so I opted for it.” She knew that if she worked hard she would get results at SCMS and that has come true for her, “SCMS has changed my way of thinking. I am more confident today and can hold my own in a professional situation.”

However, she smiles when she remembers the drastic changes that came to her with her admission to SCMS, “I was used to a relaxed world. SCMS was so professional and disciplined. I have learnt time management and truly value my mentor for her guidance throughout my stay here”. She says she is going to miss everything, including the discipline that seemed so tough initially!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Placements

 

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Aswathi Krishnan gets placed with HCL Infosystems; drives home the importance of taking the placement process seriously.

aswathi“Working towards getting the PGDM degree is great, but the most exciting part so far has been  the placement process. Being selected by the first company that I had interviewed with was a fantastic achievement. I can’t believe that I could make it in the first go.” These are the words of Aswathi Krishnan, who was recently placed with HCL Infosystems. You just cannot miss the excitement and enthusiasm in her tone as she managed to achieve her goal with her first ever job interview.

Aswathi had every reason to be upbeat after her placement interview where she made quite the impression. “Not only was I backing up the statements I was making with examples, but I also struck the right note by saying how important a job and career is for women,” she remembers. “Even when I was told that I was selected, I couldn’t believe it. I was expressionless till the final briefing by company personalities.”

The high of being involved in the placement process might have subsided, but Aswathi’s memories of it are still fresh. In particular, she mentions the contribution of the placement officer and team that worked tirelessly to bring top rung recruiters to the institute. “We were guided through the entire placement process ably,” she notes. “That’s how we were prepared for what we were going to face in the interviews – that made all the difference.”

Now that the buzz around the process has reached its peak, Aswathi looks forward to her new job in Sales with HCL Infosystems. Her profile entails managing a store or group of stores distributing HCL’s products. She is quite up to the task, saying, “Client relationships will be crucial. I am not an ‘I ran too’ kind of a person. I believe in chasing my dreams and goals, which I will do in my job too.”

Clearly, Aswathi is achievement focussed and her confidence has been boosted with her stint at SCMS Cochin School of Business. She admits that she had heard a lot about the institute and its PGDM program, which made her join it in the first place. And, the choice paid off as SCMS Cochin gave her a cutting edge advantage. “It gave me a whole new level of exposure as I could interact with eminent personalities from different disciplines and industries,” she says. “It was a great learning experience.”

Describing her journey at the institute Aswathi says that it was a smooth ride; however, it did have several surprises along the way. She vouches for the fact that SCMS Cochin offers students new avenues to learn at every step of the way: “It not only builds you as a professional, but a well groomed individual as well. I was lucky to be a part of so many initiatives that opened my eyes to the world.”

If you ask Aswathi if she has any advice for her juniors at the institute, she is quick to reply: “Placements are prestigious; not only for us but our loved ones as well. That’s why you should pay due attention throughout the entire process. Your seniors are only too happy to guide you; make the most of the advice they give you by consulting with them.” From someone who has come through the process with flying colours, that’s sound advice.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Placements

 

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“SCMS is about a brand equity that is bound to set you apart from the crowd in more ways than one”, says student Samuel John who is all set for his professional sojourn

DSC_0330“I want to be happy in life!” says Samuel John when asked about his life and plans.  This seemingly simple wish rides on his deep philosophy and understanding of life that guides him to live today and let tomorrow worry about itself. He has just bagged a job with Asian Paints as a Sales Officer through campus placement, and believes this position is a perfect fit for him: “I believe this profile suits me quite well; and, my skill-sets acquired at SCMS will help me contribute to the organization.” He is looking forward to starting his career with Asian Paints and is sure that he will be able to contribute in their continued success.

Born and raised in Bhopal, Samuel received his education from Bhopal before moving to SCMS Cochin for the PGDM in Marketing and Retail Management. His computer proficiency is high, having done several courses in the field. Samuel also has many other talents. He has several awards and certifications in the field of Karate, Yoga and music, and has also earned extra pocket money by giving guitar lessons. He has been always focused. His ability to take initiatives was also demonstrated at SCMS where he was a coordinator and emcee for several events.  Samuel asserts that these platforms have enabled him to evolve as a human being, and have groomed his personality and logical thinking abilities.

Samuel believes his success is a direct result of the grooming he received at SCMS through various interventions like the Personality Development Program (PDP), Industry Institution Interaction sessions, Corporate Outbound Training, Integrated Management Learning Program (IMLP), and Mentoring sessions. This was in addition to sports, cultural activities, social projects, management fests, seminars and conferences and, most importantly, a rigorous curriculum which continually forced him to multi-task while adhering to strict deadlines. He believes all of this also taught him time management. Another thing that built his confidence is his summer internship project: “I did my three month internship project at Second Largest Shopping Mall in India – Lulu International Shopping Mall, Cochin. On average, I worked for 12 hours a day and this time-bound workload prepared me for an industry work culture.”

SCMS Cochin Samuel believes, is one of the best B-schools in India. “Being an SCMS student has played a significant role in setting me apart from the rest,” he says. “SCMS has a brand equity that makes us stand out in a crowd, be it management fests or interviews; this was apparent during the selection process, too. Students from other institutes, 79 in total, were a part of the selection process, but being an SCMSite in addition to the learning from the institution set us apart from the rest.”

A music lover who plays the guitars and sings as well, Samuel is also a sports and photography enthusiast. Eventually, he wants to be an entrepreneur: “I have always had an inclination to serve the society, so I wish to be a social entrepreneur adding value to the lives of people, to family, friends and society.”

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Placements, Student Life

 

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At SCMS, Ritesh Paramanik says, “I have lost my fear of public speaking and found my confidence!”

– Placed with one of the leading provider of Assurance Service in the country

ritesh scmsRitesh Paramanik is not the usual academically-oriented management graduate; instead, he is a sports enthusiast who has played cricket at the State level. An NCC cadet at school, Ritesh was the only student from his school to be selected for the Republic Day Parade contingent from Orissa. He is an outdoor enthusiast, telling us “I am a biker and a traveller. I love going on long bike rides, and I recently rode from Bangalore to Cochin.” As an academic, Ritesh is a B.Tech in Computer Science engineering from Bhubaneswar, and he has decided to pursue a degree in management from Southern India after graduation.

Today, he has been placed at Maveric Systems Ltd. as Delivery Management Trainee through campus placement at SCMS, a job that he feels is a perfect fit for someone of his talents. He believes that he will grow at Maveric to find his dreams. He attributes SCMS with developing his presentations skills and self confidence, which were instrumental in the placement. “In the past two years, I have been part of many IMLP winning teams that have helped me win my confidence back,” he says. “I have overcome my fear of standing on a stage and giving a presentation. I consider these to be my real achievements in SCMS”.

Ritesh shares that the schedule at SCMS was a real challenge for him, given its strict nature: “I struggled a lot to adapt and adjust to the rules of SCMS in the first semester. I got a few backlogs at that time and it was a setback for me. I had a tough time dealing with failure in SCMS”. However, he took it as a challenge, one that he successfully overcame. Not only did he complete the course against all odds, but has also been placed well. “A friend told me I would not survive at SCMS, but his very words inspired me to join SCMS and break my own image of a person who can’t endure rules and deadlines”.

His personal battle was supported by the faculty at the school who Ritesh thinks are best in the field: “The faculty in our college are all from the industry, having worked with large organizations their pedagogy is totally industry-focussed”. Classroom teaching is corroborated with industrial visits and industrial interaction sessions that help the students prepare themselves for the real world. Mentoring is a strong part of a student’s life at SCMS that enables him/her to make the right choices and plug the gaps in learning.

A movie and sports enthusiast, Ritesh feels he has had a great run at SCMS. “SCMS is one of the most prestigious B-schools in South India,” he says. “In fact, I think it is the best college in light of its curriculum and placements.”

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Placements

 

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Prince Manocha already feels like the King of the world with a new territory to at hand to forge

prince scmsPrince Manocha from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh always understood the importance of giving himself a cutting edge advantage in today’s competitive professional arena. That’s the reason he pursued his CA program and cleared the IPCC – 1st group. He also passed three exams of the National Institute of Securities market and has a certification of Financial Planner from Sydney University to boot. But that didn’t seem enough for the man with big dreams, which is why he headed to SCMS Cochin to pursue his PGDM program. And it’s here that he seems to have hit the jackpot by bagging a job with ICICI Securities.

Prince will now be working as a Senior Relationship Manager with the company and will have serious responsibilities on his shoulders. “I have to deliver the desired revenue target numbers while looking after cross-selling to existing customers and acquisition of new customers,” he tells us. “I will also have to provide solutions to customers’ financial needs besides preparing and maintaining sales calls reports and all relevant MIS.” After his experience at his institute, Prince is ready to take on practically any responsibility given to him.

He admits that his two-year journey at SCMS Cochin was filled with ups and downs, and several unexpected situations that he had to deal with quickly. It called on his presence of mind and perseverance to get through the initial tough period, and it’s these qualities that he will rely on in his professional career from now on. Prince also recalls the rigorous classroom schedule and the strict discipline that was a part of the learning experience. “The journey has its pros and cons but it has helped me look at difficulties as opportunities,” he mentions. “The cons made me a patient, confident and independent person.”

SCMS Cochin offered several exciting opportunities to him during his two years’ stint and they served to be a learning experience, not only for management concepts but for his overall growth too. Prince recalls being the coordinator of the Integrated Management Learning Program (IMLP) to be one such experience that helped him to a great extent. During his time at the institute he also participated in several inter-collegiate contests that boosted his confidence further. “Winning the first prize in the finance games organized by Amrita School of Business and Stockmind (virtual trading game) organized by ICICI securities are the highlights of my academic sojourn,” he says with a smile.

Given the opportunities he has had and the platform offered to him by the institute, it is little wonder that Prince recommends a professional program like his to future management aspirants. “Leading media groups in the country have ranked SCMS Cochin as one of the top 25 B-Schools in the country,” he says. “It has won several National and International awards for excellence in leadership development, entrepreneurship and many more. The teaching methodology followed by experienced faculty members is impeccable. And the course program is well designed, structured and up-do-date, which gives us the edge.”

It is this competitive edge besides the SIP experience with Sharekhan Limited, Mumbai that Prince took to the interview table for the placement with ICICI Securities. And he impressed with his talent and newfound confidence, which finally earned him the job. Now that he is a management professional himself, what does he plan to achieve with his new company? “I want to excel in my career and am willing to put in all the effort asked of me to deliver to the best of my abilities,” he answers. “I want to be firmly settled in the company with a clear understanding of my role in its future.”

His institute has given Prince the means to call the shots in his future career and make a place for himself, not only in his company but the world of management as well.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Placements

 

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Sarath Menon, the Thrissur boy from SCMS Cochin, gains a strong foothold into the retail industry with lucrative campus placement.

pic“No journey in life is completely smooth; it all depends on how quickly you adapt to the rough tide and win the race,” says Sarath, an SCMS Cochin student talking about his academic journey with the institute. The young boy from Thrissur admits that he found the going tough initially after he joined the B School that he had heard a lot about. Eventually, with his perseverance and with support from the institute, he managed to turn things around for himself. So much so, that now he’s on a new high after having bagged placement with Madura Fashion and Lifestyle.

Sarath will be going through a six-month training program with the company after which he has brilliant opportunities to widen his horizons. It’s something he is obviously thrilled about as he says, “There is tremendous opportunity to learn and grow with the company. I would like to gain good knowledge about retailing, and make a good impression at my work place. Only then will I be able to move up the ladder in the industry, which is what I want. I would also boost my marketing skills while I am at it.”

Clearly his time at SCMS Cochin has taught Sarath to think big and aim higher. And it’s visible in the goals he has set for himself in the future. “In a few years I would like to be in a senior management position in the retail industry where I have more responsibilities and authority to take important decisions. But my real, long term goal is to open a restaurant. It’s partly because I am a complete and serious foodie,” he chuckles. He might make light of the comment but his determination and confidence to achieve his goal is clear.

It’s a sea change for the young one who initially struggled through his time at SCMS. According to him, the system was completely alien to him, which is why he had trouble adjusting to it initially. But over time because of the support of his faculty members and classmates from various backgrounds, Sarath started taking things in stride. “Various initiatives that my institute has set up also helped me to a great extent,” he says. “IMLP sessions to improve presentation skills and business knowledge, seminars and conferences that allowed us to interact with industry experts and personal grooming programs were some of the initiatives that made a world of difference for me.”

Sarath also talks about his summer internship placement that held him on solid ground when it came to his all-important job interview. He previously held an internship with Indus League Clothing limited, a division of Future Group, in Bangalore and the experience he earned in the retail industry was vital for his placement interview. It’s this experience that was created for him by his institute that he will draw on when he takes on the new responsibilities of being a working professional. And, he believes that he is well prepared for the job thanks to his learning experience at his institute.

So does Sarath recommend a program like his to future management professionals? “Most definitely,” he confidently replies. “The job market is extremely competitive today and you need that extra feature to set you apart as a brand. SCMS Cochin gives you the cutting edge advantage because it’s one of the best B Schools in South India. The PGDM program is quite reputed and carefully created keeping today’s industry needs in mind. It has given me the ideal launching pad for my career.” Today, Sarath stands on the cusp of a new beginning that seems to have many big things in store for him.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Placements