It was a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Deepali Kacker, Jaipuria, Lucknow alum as she came back to the campus to deliver a talk on “Emotional Intelligence and its Implications at Workplace”. A student of the 97 Batch, Dr. Kacker has gone on to become a much sought after management consultant. Having worked with several big names in the corporate world, she has gathered huge experience in the field. She was more than willing to share it with the students of her institute who had plenty of take homes from the session.
In an interview with the campus journalists Dr. Kacker talks about her experience of coming back to the institute, which played a major role in molding her as a professional.
How was the experience of addressing students from the institute you studied in?
It is always a different experience when I come back to Jaipuria, Lucknow. Since I have been working in the corporate world and as a visiting faculty for the last few years, when I got this opportunity I grabbed it with both hands. I feel a sense of achievement to come back as a teacher to the institute where I once was a student.
What are your memories from the days you studied here?
When we did our PGDM here there wasn’t a lot of infrastructure as things were just coming up. But I remember there was a small canteen where you would get samosas and tea. It was a good place to hang out with friends and a source of many memories. I also remember the industrial visit to Maruti factory in Delhi as a huge learning experience.
What has been your institute’s role in helping you achieve your corporate dreams?
We may have joined the program at Jaipuria, Lucknow with some kind of knowledge but it was the institute that connected it with practical experience and exposure. It taught us presentation skills and offered us insight into how organizations work. We were then taught to implement the skills we had learned through summer training and projects. It transformed our knowledge to suit industry requirements.
Being an accomplished woman corporate professional did you face challenges like keeping a balance between your work and personal life?
Yes, home support is important but it’s more about planning things. As women we need to balance many things. I have to prepare for lectures, and I don’t like to keep things for the last minute because our schedule is dependent on several people. We are handing dual responsibilities and have to be impeccable with planning.
Jaipuria will complete 20 years on September 8. What are the changes you see in the institute over the years?
It has seen many positive changes and come a long way. Since I go to many colleges I can proudly say that my institute has consistently maintained superior quality of education. Every time I come back here I see something new on the campus. The learning offered by the institute goes a long way in students’ lives. You can see that in the careers of its alum, who have scaled new heights of success.
As a successful alum yourself who has been there done that, what is your advice for present day students?
most important thing is to assess yourself before deciding on your career. Of course there are several jobs that are out there but you need to choose one that suits your personality.