“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle.
The corporate world has been defined by many as a ‘rat race’, where everyone starts at the bottom and struggles to outdo their friends and competitors to get to the top. As students we may have a different perception of the corporate world and it is necessary that we get an insider perspective of the world to which we will enter in a few years.
Every year, a number of companies come to campus looking to recruit the brightest and smartest individuals for their company. To familiarize the students with the procedure of placements, and to prepare them for it, a session was organized for students of third year B.Com and BBM on 28th June, 2014. The speaker for the session was Ms. Preethi Irudayam, a project manager at IBM with ten years of professional experience. The purpose of this session was to understand students’ expectations and perceptions of the corporate world. In simple terms, students defined corporate life as ‘life with machines’, ‘monotonous’ and ‘opportunity to meet people around the world’, thus mentioning both positive and negative aspects.
Preeti discussed key topics which would help students prepare themselves for life outside college. Her first point was the importance of communication. The purpose of communication should not be to convey something, but to make the listener understand what is being conveyed. Good communication would ultimately lead to networking i.e. the ability to build networks and relations with a large number of people over a long period of time. Another key point is innovation; if being creative is thinking of something, being innovative is successfully implementing that creative thought. Following this, Preeti discussed certain dos & don’ts that ensure success, emphasizing on Marshall Goldsmith’s point – “What got you here, won’t get you there.” The last topic discussed was the importance of integrity and honesty in everything that we do.
The session proved to be very informative and useful for the students, and they were left with food for thought.