Marketing and Finance students of KIAMS recently had an opportunity to attend a presentation by Mr. Prashant Upadhyaya, Asst Vice President at JM Financial Services Pvt Limited. Held in the LH1 hall on 27th of July, the talk turned out to be quite an experience for the large gathering of students who attended. While Mr. Upadhyaya gave students advice on the Summer Internship Project (SIP) presentations that he had listened to over the previous two days, he had a lot of insight on other topics in store for them as well.
Mr. Upadhyaya has over two decades of experience in the industry and he has continually grown in stature to become well-known name in his field. After starting his career as an Officer as ICDS Limited in 1994, he has come a long way to his current position. He has been working with JM Financial Services Pvt Limited for a decade now and his hard work and dedication has led to a position where he is responsible for the B2B and B2C segment.
KIAMS brings external industry experts every year to review its students’ Summer Internship Project papers and give their valuable inputs. The session started at 9 p.m. with Mr. Upadhyaya offering valuable feedback to students about their SIP presentations. He also talked about the project analysis they had prepared, which was of great help to students. It was late in the day when the proceedings began but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the gathering or the guest speaker, who then took them through a wide range of ways to succeed in one’s chosen career.
B School students have several important decisions to make at the end of their programs and the placement season is a crucial one. All management aspirants want to start their careers on a bright note and they took Mr. Upadhyaya’s advice to heart as he offered important suggestions about placements. He talked to the gathering about the kind of companies one should opt for, and he also offered advice on the perennial question of choosing between the package and job profile.
Having been a part of the corporate world for a long time now, Mr. Upadhyaya knows what the industry looks for from young management professionals. His words on the matter were particularly useful for students: “If you specialize in Marketing, it doesn’t mean you don’t pay attention to other areas. You also need to know about HR, Operations, Finance, etc. to be able to do your job better.”
Mr. Upadhyaya also urged students not to run after money, especially in the initial stages when they should focus on their core area. Talking about trying to maintain that balance, he said, “It is okay to get paid less initially if you want to get into your core area. Once you become an expert in the field, then you can automatically start commanding a price for that kind of expertise.”
Students were also keen to know more about different aspects of the work environment and culture in big corporate companies and Mr. Upadhyaya offered poignant insight. “Don’t get disappointed by thinking that the company is not recognizing your efforts,” he said. “No company keeps employees who are not performing. If you still find a place for yourself in the company it simply means that you are doing better and your efforts will pay off, one day or another.” This was a great way to end the talk on a positive note.