It would not be out of place to say that Shefali Arora turned into a winner the day she entered Jaipuria Institute of Management. Crowned ‘Ms. Fresher’ of the 2007-09 batch – the memory of which still brings butterflies to her stomach – Shefali’s two years at Jaipuria Jaipur were studded with sterling performances, including numerous victories at inter-college festivals. Apart from being a core member for Jaipuria Institute of Management’s national management fest, Abhyudaya, Shefali was also on a number of committees; the most prominent were the Placement Cell and the Corporate Resource Centre. Shefali’s big break came when she cracked an on-campus placement with Deutsche Bank.
“Jaipuria Institute of Management laid the foundation for my professional life. It turned me into an achiever, with the on-campus placement in Deutsche Bank being the icing on the cake.”
Six months into her job at Deutsche Bank, Shefali was missing the open, green environment and the heady classroom interactions at Jaipuria Jaipur. She soon realised that more than the corporate world, it was being on campus and grooming young minds that appealed to her.
“I switched to academics, starting out with Jaipur National University and Poornima Group of Colleges. Along with my core subject – Marketing – I ended up being the coordinator for the Personality Development Programme for both these institutions. I handled various events, and coordinated administrative and entertainment activities. All this came to me naturally, given my strong co-curricular background at Jaipuria Institute of Management.”
Very soon, Shefali began to realise her deep-set passion for teaching and decided to formalise things. She has recently shifted to IIS University as a research scholar. But naturally, she has recently been assessed as one of the top three Research Scholars for PhD coursework.
“At IIS University, apart from pursuing my Doctorate in Marketing, I also take classes as Visiting Faculty. I make it a point to attend various FDPs, MDPs, conferences and workshops to gauge market and industry realities.”
Shefali Arora advises her juniors at Jaipuria Institute of Management to make the most of the opportunities that come with being part of the best management institute in Rajasthan.
“Learn what is taught to you, but also learn more about yourself. Find out who you are, what talents you possess and, most importantly, what you want out of your Jaipuria experience. At the end of these two years of your life, you would like to make sure that you are at a place where you’re not just earning well, but are also happy.”
A social media junkie, Shefali is in constant touch with her batch-mates, seniors and juniors from Jaipuria Institute of Management, through tools like Facebook and Whatsapp. Having discovered her passion for teaching, she is positive that, five years down the line, she will be part of a premium B-school like Jaipuria Institute of Management. She also believes she will have established her credentials by producing 12-15 internationally recognised research papers, published in globally acclaimed journals.