OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet’s get to the backstory first – then we can get to the meat of the story. Mr. Rachit Shyam, a former student at KIAMS, is currently employed at Ernst & Young as a Data Analytics and Financial Professional.

Mr. Shyam was a Batch 4 student at PGDM, recruited directly from campus by Kirloskar Group. He believes that staying at Kirloskar was a beneficial transition in his early career. This experience made it easier for him to gain acceptance at Kirloskar Group. “That acceptability helped me to learn slightly more as compared to my peers,” Mr. Shyam tells us. “The acceptability also helped me get more exposure as compared to my peers and that helped me to come to where I am now.”

From there he moved into the hospitality industry at Mahindra Holidays, where he spent two years as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and six months in credit control.

When asked to think of one piece of advice or attribute learned at KIAMS that has benefited him in his career, he almost instinctively replies, “Commitment”. He continues: “One of the qualities that the Directors used to teach us was to remain committed to our work. You are at KIAMS to fulfill a purpose. So, commit to it and fulfill it – then things will fall in place. That has helped me reach this point in my career.”

Mr. Shyam has another pertinent piece of advice: Networking. Having interacted with numerous B-school students on placement, Mr. Shyam believes that majority of students are letting themselves down by not actively engaging enough with employers or people who could help them in their careers. He says: “I have interacted with several juniors across B-schools who have approached me for summer or final placement, or projects or advise, and what I have seen is that after this initial interaction, the students generally do not keep in touch with the same gusto. I urge them to stay connected with their mentors and seniors. It will come to their help in the long run.”

He is also asked for his thoughts on how often people should move companies. He acknowledges that this is a difficult question, one that is full of variables and subjective to the individual: “I would say that a person should be true to his profession. If he is in marketing he should be true to that profession irrespective of the Company for which he works”.

Mr. Shyam elaborates by saying that he believes an individual should be concerned with working for a company in a role that they are skilled and talented in: “It can be any company, but he should excel in his profession. There is no answer as to whether a person should stick to a company for a longer time, or if they should change companies frequently. If he excels in his work it is of no importance whether he stays in the company for a longer time or not.”