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5As a BBA graduate, Megha Dey could have opted for an MBA to further her career prospects. But she chose to do her PGDM because she believed that the curriculum would make her industry ready. After spending two years at KIAMS, an institute she had heard a lot about, she agrees that she made the best decision. She has now been placed in a facility management role with Quess Corp Avon, which is a subsidy of the global giant IKEA. Here she shares the journey of her transformation from a hopeful student to a confident management professional.

When asked to put her journey with KIAMS in words, Megha counts many positives. According to her things that seemed difficult and intense when doing them were also a huge learning experience in hindsight. “The rigorous presentations were definitely tough but they were totally worth it at the end of the day. I have learned so much about team effort besides gaining theoretical and practical knowledge. While the job I have bagged is the perfect entry in the corporate world for me, the knowledge I have gained during my time here will last me a lifetime,” she says.

In her new role as a professional with the company Megha will be responsible for meeting clients and discussing various facilities offered. She will also have to strive to boost the sales of the company. She is keen to prove her mettle by delivering on these tasks, just like she managed to impress during the placement interview. On what went right in the interview, she says “I had gathered fair bit of knowledge about the company, which is why I could talk about different scenarios and offer them the best solutions. I also relied on my SIP experience with Bank of Baroda (Kolkata) to come up with relevant answers during the interview.”

Megha mentions the IRP sessions at KIAMS as the main preparation for placement because not only did they improve her communication skills but they also helped her answer situational questions, which were the crux of her interview. Above all her confidence gained during the PGDM years showed clearly. That’s her advice to her juniors at the institute as well. “Be confident and everything will fall into place. Pay attention to classroom learning and projects because that will prepare you well. But also make the most of your time on the campus and with friends because it won’t come back,” she ends on an emotional note.

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4Abhijit Das, student of PGDM Batch 17 at KIAMS believes that his placement as a Management Trainee with Pathfinder Publishing Pvt. Ltd (the company that runs careers360.com) is a big deal not only because of the reputation of the company but the fact that it is the perfect culmination of his academic tenure. The going has been tough for him as he lost his father during the first year of PGDM. But that only pushed him to excel in his studies and focus on the placement process. He admits that with the help of his faculty team and friends at the institute he has managed to get the final outcome he was hoping for.

Reflecting on his two years at KIAMS, he says “The placement with such a prestigious firm was the icing on the cake. My mother, who is a housewife, was extremely supportive during these two years. The placement has made our dream come true. But at the same time I feel the knowledge and confidence I have gained at the institute will help me in the long run. It certainly helped me crack the all important placement interview.” He goes on to add that all the assignments and activities he was a part of during his program helped him learn in the best possible way. That coupled with the confidence he had gained enabled him to impress his recruiters.

After completing his graduation in engineering, Abhijit was working in the construction field but soon enough realized that he needed to boost his competencies to build his career prospects. That’s why he chose to do his PGDM from KIAMS and believes that it’s a decision that has held him in good stead. “I would like to specifically mention the contribution of our faculty members in molding us as future professionals. They were always available to clear our doubts, point out mistakes and help us rectify them in a constructive manner. I believe this relationship goes beyond placements and will be with me for the rest of my life,” he states.

According to Abhijit, every day spent at the institute was a stepping stone towards his future career. The Summer Internship he did at Tata Steel helped him put the concepts he had learned into context and that’s how he made his mark during the placement interview. He is now at the cusp of an exciting journey ahead. “KIAMS has been a new life experience for me and it has prepared me for challenges in my career. Managing product life cycle, Project development and management, Planning, Scheduling, Co-ordination with different teams, Product testing, Market Research and analysis will be some of my job responsibilities and I feel up to the task,” he adds confidently.

Ask him about the aspects of his life at the institute that he is going to miss and Abhijit mentions different celebrations, the time spent with his friends and the campus itself. He holds those memories close to his heart and is going to cherish them for a long time to come. He also has valuable advice for his juniors at the institute. “You should follow your dreams and identify your area of interest. Whatever domain you choose; be it Product Management or Operations, you will find a lot of scope in it if you have in-depth knowledge of the subject. Try to build on your learning and the sky is the limit,” he says all ready to spread his own wings.

Avisek Sarkar believes in following his instincts and mak3ing smart decisions at the right time. That’s why the engineering graduate who was interested in technology decided to switch to management. He says that he wanted to give his career the best platform, which is why he opted for the PGDM with KIAMS. He now stresses that he has managed to combine his technical abilities from engineering studies with analytical, logical thinking from his management program. Perhaps that is what impressed his new employer; Oracle Financial Services Software.

The excitement of being placed with a global powerhouse like Oracle is written large over Avisek’s face. He also realizes that his corporate journey has only begun and he will have to prove his mettle. “The role I have been offered is in financial analytical application development. As a member of the software engineering division, I will have to do detailed design based on high level design specifications. I will also have to assist in system planning, scheduling and implementation, testing bugs, building enhancements etc. I feel prepared for these challenges thanks to my learning at KIAMS,” he says.

Bagging campus placement with a corporate biggie like Oracle is no mean feat. There is a great deal of preparation that goes into making one’s mark in the interview. Avisek sheds light on the process as he says, “One thing that went in my favour was the fact that I had domain knowledge. I also believe you need to be calm and composed during the interview to be able to make the best impression.KIAMS not only helped me build a solid foundation of knowledge but through different initiatives like IRP sessions ensured that I had overcome my fear of public speaking. It reflected in the interview and helped me a lot.”

Avisek also asserts that his learning at the B School was intense with long hours on a daily basis. But his faculty members made things easier by keeping things relatable. His SIP with Novotel Kolkata also enabled him to get valuable practical exposure that he counts on as he prepares for his corporate sojourn. “My time with KIAMS has been a memorable journey altogether. Even the tight class schedules, late night group studies, presentations were fun and lively for me. I am going to miss the hostel life, time spent on the campus and just hanging out with my friends whenever I want,” he says emotionally.

His advice for juniors who might be interested in a job profile like his – “It’s a Financial Analyst profile and if that’s something you are interested in as well then you need to have a strong base in finance and economics. Practical exposure besides academics is also important. But above all be confident and stay true to yourself. You will achieve your goals if you believe in yourself and put in the efforts.” That’s something he himself has done, and is now reaping the benefits for it.

After karen-saldanha-250-225x300completing her graduation in Oman, where her parents both work as corporate professionals, Karen Saldanha decided to come to India to pursue higher education. She was keen to pursue a career in management and believes that KIAMS has helped her in a big way, borne out by her placement with HDFC Bank.

Karen admits that it took her a while to get over the initial shock of being chosen as a Relationship Manager by HDFC Bank because there were several other right candidates for the job. She also thought her interview wasn’t going too well but managed to turn things around for herself. “Initially it was going all wrong and I think I gave some wrong answers. At one point they even gave me a chance to learn the correct answer for one of the questions. I came back having prepared for more than that, which might have impressed them,” she says with a smile.

She also talks about the efforts taken by her institute to prepare her for the placement process. According to Karen the courses in GD, interviews and business communications groomed students and instilled confidence in them. “Besides that the modules where we were taught what the industry expects of us were very helpful. They had included courses on Customer Insight, Digital Marketing, Strategic Management, International Business, Brand Management, Consumer Behaviour etc and they helped us tremendously,” she adds.

Karen also points out that though she had got placed in her very first attempt she chose to not accept the offer as she wanted to make a bright start to her corporate career. She expects it to happen with a big name like HDFC where her job responsibilities will include, “Meeting clients and addressing their problems, ensuring cross selling of banking products and overall maintaining good relationships with them. I did my internship with Reliance Retail, Chennai and believe that experience will come handy in my job,” she asserts.

While Karen is on cloud nine at the moment, she also feels a hint of sadness knowing that she won’t be spending time on campus with friends. She states that one major advantage of a residential PGDM program is that you make friends for life. Ask her if she has any advice for juniors and she says, “Take efforts to match industry’s needs of skills and knowledge, pay attention to classes and do your assignments diligently. The secret to my good grades is 100% attendance. You might also want to create a LinkedIn profile because networking is the key.” Speaking like a true professional, she already is.

Employability is the top concern of a student who enrolls for a professional management course. Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) follows a robust curriculum and a strong employment process that has yielded impressive results with 15 batches that have passed out so far.

At KIAMS, Student industry orientation begins early. After the first year each student undergoes a Summer Internship Project (SIP) that gives him/her a hands-on experience of a live work environment. The end of SIP marks the commencement of the final year as well as the beginning of visits from the organizations intending to absorb young professionals. This year half the students from the PGDM class of 2015 have been already been placed. A total of 30 companies have visited the campus and have employed students in the areas of Human Resource, Marketing and Finance already and the year is yet to begin. The average CTC offered this year so far is 4.32 lakhs per annum and the highest CTC so far is 5.56 lakhs per annum.

KIAMS prepares the students throughout the year to enhance their employability. Anuja Mathur says, “Getting picked by the first company that I tried for, was a dream come true for me. Of course your skills, hard work and communication abilities are important to make the best impression during the interview. But according to me, presence of mind and confidence can help you get through the interview. KIAMS had covered this base for me over the last two years. I could see a visible difference in my personality as I had grown in confidence. Through various initiatives and presentations, KIAMS had also taught me how to put my point across in the best possible way. I think it helped me tremendously during the interview and will continue to help me during my professional career.”

Arpit Jain, who has secured a plum assignment with IKYA thinks KIAMS inculcates management competencies through projects and assignments, “It was gratifying to be placed in first attempt. I could do it because I was with KIAMS where I have grown in confidence. My two year journey has triggered a more aggressive, resilient, and tenacious personality. I was given the opportunity to be the academic representative of my batch. The responsibilities I had to undertake gave me a practical experience of different aspects of management. Thanks to my teachers and batch-mates I received a holistic learning experience at KIAMS. Critical thinking, decision making ability and the drive to take initiatives are some of the vital skills I have learned here.”

The placements have created a lot of excitement on the campus and the buzz continues to grow as the companies visit and CTC data trickles in.

To read more about placements at KIAMS and gain access to three years’ placement figures, visit: www.kiams.ac.in

IMG_20140110_201942Garima Kakkar of KIAMS (Batch 2012 – 14) has gone places from her sheltered background in Dehradun. Gaining in confidence and managerial skill sets in her short time at the institute, she’s already managed to get her foot into the competitive world of professionals. She got hired by IKYA Human Capital Solutions Limited during her campus placement program and this could just be the beginning of a glittering professional sojourn for her.

The scale of her achievement can only be put in context once you know more about her background, which Garima reveals animatedly. “It was only five years ago that I was living a completely sheltered life in a small hill town. I was the youngest among six siblings and was generally quite protected. Only when I moved away from home and eventually came to KIAMS that I started finding my feet and gaining in confidence,” she admits.

This small town girl was always aware of the fact that she’d have to get a cutting edge professional degree to make her place in the corporate world that she was drawn to. It made her realize the importance of choosing the right B School, to pursue her future dreams. “To become a leader and gain good managerial skills, I needed the best resources available in terms of faculty, industry exposure and other supportive therapies. It was then I opted for KIAMS,” she says.

Thus began Garima’s journey towards a professional career she aspired to. And along the way she did her best to make it a journey of self-awareness and personal growth. “Through the course of my PGDM at KIAMS I have consciously tried to develop my strengths and work on my weaknesses. Of course the initiatives organized by the institute help us tremendously in not only understanding management concepts but a lot about ourselves too,” she adds thoughtfully.

She mentions the Professional Personality Program (PPP) and Jamboree, couple of initiatives organized by KIAMS in particular, as the ones that shaped her personality and professional beliefs. One of the objectives of such initiatives is to make sure students are industry-ready when they step out in the real world. Garima took these programs rather seriously, and that according to her, saw her through the all important placement interview.

IKYA was the first company that came to KIAMS during the placement season this year. And it was also the first ever job interview for Garima but she clearly managed to cope with the pressure and challenges it posed. “The learning at KIAMS had helped me get my basics right. I also went for the interview with clarity of mind and strong belief that I had gained through the initiatives organized at my institute. It held me in good stead through the interview,” she says gratefully.

She might come from a conservative family in small town, but Garima has a knack of adapting to situations quickly and making the most of what she has. She recalls how she pursued her passion for hair styling by simply looking at videos on YouTube because she couldn’t get herself enrolled for classes. It made her realize that you don’t need approval from others to build belief within your own self.

Over time, with her stint at KIAMS, Garima has become more self-aware and believes that she can assert her choices a lot better today. It’s this adaptability, presence of mind and confidence that she hopes to bring to her work at IKYA, and she is raring to go.

siddharthaSiddharth Modukuri is not taking his success lightly. A Business Management student from the 14th Batch of KIAMS, Siddharth has just tasted success, having cracked a coveted on-campus placement as a Territory Sales Manager with Idea Cellular.

“Given the times, Success is a rare guest. While one should not be looking for it at every nook and corner, when success does show up, one should treat it with respect. You cannot ask it to stay longer because it needs to visit other places too! “

A Bio-Tech Engineer, Siddharth wanted to tap into his managerial abilities, which prompted him to appear for CAT 2011. The result was quite a windfall. He made it to three prominent B-schools of the country – one in Bangalore, another in Delhi, and the third one KIAMS. Siddhartha decided to find out for himself the institution that would define his future.

“The first thing that struck me when I visited KIAMS was the sense of space, the lush green surroundings and its amazing ambience. I spoke to some of my future seniors and Faculty members, and that was it! KIAMS had won hands down on all points of comparison. KIAMS has provided for a holistic learning environment. KIAMS was a strong learning experience. It was not a walk in park for sure. There were instances where we didn’t have time to turn our heads to someone calling our names. Everyone teaches you in the KIAMS campus.”

As the Territory Sales Manager at Idea Cellular, Siddharth’s job will pivot around building relationships and nurturing connectivity.

“Selling goes beyond brand and beyond company. It takes courage to be the sales guy. They generate the actual revenue for a company. Sales is not something that is done in AC offices peering into fancy screens. You have to be in the field, talking to people, understanding them, and delivering solid results. Thanks to KIAMS, I am prepared for this.”

Siddharth has all the reasons to feel that KIAMS prepares you at the most basic level. Not very long ago, when it came to choosing his internship, Siddharth had chosen Sujana Metals – a company known for its strong foundation down south with a strong presence in steel, power, energy and connected sectors.

“I had the opportunity of working in steel retail selling. My project was the launch of TMT Bars in retail market. I did this internship in Hyderabad. It took me to a completely different level. It was very different from what I have expected. We had to go around Hyderabad in the scorching sun, scouting for new retail shops for the TMT bars. I covered between 300 to 400 retail outlets. Professional communication doesn’t work out in such markets. You have to talk the local language, at their level and on their terms; it was an absolute eye-opener. Being from Hyderabad helped me, otherwise two months is a very short time for the amount of work and learning possible in this space.”

No wonder therefore that Siddharth was able to convert 30 dealers for Sujana Metals, in one go.

Siddharth believes that sound academic base is cause for answering with confidence and logical backing; instead of shooting in the dark. KIAMS, to him, has a way of giving autonomy to choose one’s frequency, rather than forcing a standard set of rules to swallow. This gives out-of-box thinking and nurtures creativity.

“Personally, my experience at KIAMS has made me stop brooding over weaknesses, and actually leverage on them. During interviews, retaining composure at all times helps. Without getting too aggressive or defensive, just observe. Do not let your brain get blocked by prejudices.”

Siddharth Modukuri advises his juniors at KIAMS that it is the kind of project that will decide what one is going to learn… not the brand name. He is confident that his profile at Idea Cellular will propel him to perform, instead of running into a comfort zone.

Students at the Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) are winners in every way. Sakshi Vats, a second year PGDM (Finance and Marketing) student from batch 14, is one such distinguished student of the renowned institute as she has been selected by US-based Odessa Technologies; which provides software solutions for finance companies and has an office in Bangalore. “As I am the first person to be placed in the campus, I am visibly relaxed and feel very good,” says Sakshi, who has been appointed as a functional analyst with a pay package of Rs. 5 lakh per annum.

Sakshi’s role as a functional analyst entails responsibilities for which she has been well prepared at KIAMS. “I will be providing possible lease solutions to clients. This requires an accounting and finance background, for which I am ably equipped,” says Sakshi on her role at Odessa Technology. On how she will cope with this new chapter in her life, she says, “I have few friends in Bangalore, which should help me settle down fast.” Not surprisingly, Sakshi’s parents are quite happy with this placement; they over the moon and in her father’s words “proud of her.”

Having completed her graduation in Commerce from Patna, Sakshi had to make a choice between M. Com and MBA. She chose the latter, because she felt it would teach her about management in the true sense such as risk management in finance and marketing.  On why she selected KIAMS as an institute for MBA, Sakshi says, “I chose KIAMS because the course curriculum and the faculty are great.” Her advice to juniors is to be confident, have clear concepts and be truthful.

As a memorable time at KIAMS will draw to a close soon, how does Sakshi feel now that she is only a few months from graduating? “I am glad that I have been able to fulfil my dream of becoming an MBA graduate. The second thing is that my college life will come to an end soon and work will be my steady focus. So now that I have now only six to eight months in hand, I will make sure I live them completely and make the most of them,” says Sakshi, who is looking forward to her new role as a functional analyst at Odessa Technology.