To show the importance of her time at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS), Ruchi Lakhote shares one of her fondest memories of her education at the institute. “I had the whole batch around me when I got the news about my placement with Airtel,” she begins. “It was the first placement of the year; hence, everyone was really excited that it had all started” Now, Ruchi is ready to embark on her professional journey, and she credits KIAMS with giving her the perfect launching pad.
Ruchi admits that she always had management aspirations – so, KIAMS was the ideal choice for her. Explaining her decision to join the B school, she says, “It was a combination of various factors like professors, placements, location, and infrastructure that helped me make up my mind. Today, I feel privileged to be a part of the KIAMS family and I believe that I made the best decision for myself.” Ruchi did indeed make the right decision, as she earned a placement as a Territory Sales Manager at one of the most well-known brands in India.
One of Ruchi’s major responsibilities on the job will be to look after the prepaid sales of the company in the Maharashtra and Goa regions. She believes she has the right aptitude for this sales position, which boosts her confidence to do well as a new professional. “I am a fresher but I feel confident about my abilities,” she says. “That was the reason I could answer all of the questions thrown at me during the placement interview. I have to thank KIAMS for this confidence because it transformed and groomed me in just two years.”
In fact, she speaks highly of the contributions KIAMS made during the placement process that gave her the confidence she needed to do well and, of course, earn the coveted job. Talking about those stressful days before the interview, Ruchi says, “KIAMS helped us gain theoretical as well as practical knowledge, which was a huge advantage. We received training for group discussions and our faculty members helped us prepare for the all-important interview. That’s why I was quite relaxed on the big day.”
Ruchi also talks about the different initiatives implemented by her institute as the reason she feels industry-ready. She emphasizes the importance of industry visits, which offered students exposure to the way the corporate world functions. A combination of these factors makes KIAMS the ideal learning institute for her. “If you are serious about learning and want to get an exposure to the corporate world through different activities like managing events, then KIAMS is the place for you,” she tells us. “In addition, students learn valuable time management skills.”
Today, as Ruchi embarks on her professional journey, she is filled with emotions bidding adieu to the place she called home for a couple of years. She admits that she will be taking a great deal of memories with her that will last a lifetime: “We got to enjoy both of the campuses; one way or another and the experience was fantastic. As a batch we went through a lot of things together from exam fever to keeping deadlines and working on projects. It brought us together and I believe I have made friends for life.” Her final words, like her time at KIAMS, were full of happy reflections and memories that will last forever.