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SCMS Cochin to host a FDP on Management Consultancy from 26-27th Aug, 2016

July 6, 2016, Cochin: Consultancy Development Unit of SCMS Cochin will host a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) that will sensitize management professionals, in academia and industry to focus on management consultancies and opportunities it offers them. The two day FDP will be held on 26th and 27th August and has been organized under “Building Capacities for Consultancy Development & Knowledge Management with Partner Institution (KMPI)” programme of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC).

Management Consultancy is all about helping organizations improve business. It includes organizational change management assistance, development of skills, capacity building, process studies and analysis, technology implementation and other services. Unfortunately consulting as professional activity in management institutes isn’t explored the way it should be. The FDP will try to address that by emphasizing on the role of management consultancy services and the scope it has to offer.

Helmed by experienced professionals, the FDP will be ideal for faculty members from B-Schools, consulting firms, government departments, consultants and Corporates companies from different industry sectors. Modern, engaging training pedagogy will keep things interesting for participants as they get an overview of consulting and find out more about its process life cycle. The programme will also focus on consultant-client relationships besides ethics and professionalism in consulting.

Marketing of consulting services, proposal preparation and costing of consulting services, securing, planning and delivery of consultant assignment will be some of the other topics covered during the programme. B School representatives will benefit from the session based around consultancy in Management Institutes covering skill gaps. There will also be a segment on “Consultancy as a Professional activity of faculty members in Management Institutions” to look forward to.

Who should attend the FDP? The FDP is designed for faculty members from B-Schools, Department of Management Studies, Consulting firms, Government Departments, Consultants and Corporates / Industries.

Thus the FDP has something for all participants with their own requirements and focus. They will not only go home richer in knowledge and experience but with participation certificates from CDC, New Delhi and the institute too.

To download registration form for the event, click: http://www.scms.edu.in/FDP-16.html

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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in News And Events

 

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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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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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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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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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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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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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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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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Placements

 

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An internship with M&S in HR profile, converted to final placement with Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. for Soby

SobySoby completed her BBA and had to pick a business school for her Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). She was looking beyond just bagging a great placement- she was looking for a stimulating environment to learn from and prosper. SCMS Cochin School of Business happened.

It was after finishing the first year of PGDM with SCMS, Soby did her internship with Marks & Spencer’s HR wing and was soon clear about what she wanted next.

Soby sailed through the final placement interviews and rounds with Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. and that was not mere luck or chance. She was preparing herself towards it, every day.

SCMS was an obvious choice

“I was hearing about SCMS Cochin a lot; from friends, through the media etc. I knew it to be one of the top B-Schools in the state to do your PGDM from. Hence it was an easy decision since I always wanted to pursue it to boost my corporate goals,” she says.

According to her, it was a sound decision because the program has given her theoretical knowledge along with practical exposure that will help her excel in her career.

Stumbling steps were steadied

Soby admits that when she joined the institute she was filled with anticipation and apprehensions. But right at the onset, the B School put her through the paces and created a solid foundation for her management dreams. “It has been a wonderful learning experience with the institute and in some ways it matters to me more than the placement. The discipline made me more responsible and being a representative for different programs made me more confident,” she says enthusiastically.

“All the sessions we had to go through were constantly updated in keeping with the latest trends and practices in the industry. That’s why we were abreast with the latest at all times.”

Juniors, ahoy!

Like all management students, even Soby had aspirations to bag a good placement. As the placement season began, there was a flurry of activity. However she managed to stay calm because she has been preparing for the moment for two years. “I think what set me apart was my calm and positive attitude. I answered all the questions genuinely, maintained proper eye contact and body language and always had a smile on my face,” she says.

We asked Soby about her future role and how she plans to tackle the challenges of her professional life. She quips, “I did my internship with Marks and Spencer Reliance India Private Ltd, Gurgaon where I got good practical exposure to HR department. The role I have been offered now is of Store People Officer at Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Ltd. My main task would be execution of day-to-day HR related activities, which I feel equipped to handle.”

Soby speaks with the confidence of a seasoned professional who has come a long way. And going by that you can tell that she’ll go a lot further too.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Placements, Students Speak

 

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