Sameer Vivian Joseph believes that if there is one event that changed his life, it was the interview for admission to Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida with Professor Anurag Singh.
“To date, that remains the toughest interview that I have ever appeared for,” recollects Sameer. “The learning from it was so intense that it simply blew away all my inhibitions and set the tone for the coming two years at the college. Ever since, Professor Anurag Singh has had the most active role in shaping my career path and in my overall development as a good management student. Before joining Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida, Group Discussions were always my pitfall. But participation in the mentor discussion programmes and personality development classes turned this into my strength.”
Today, Sameer Vivian Joseph is not only a star performer at Jaipuria Noida, but also the toast of the town with friends and relatives in his hometown Meerut. Right at the beginning of the placement season, Sameer has landed a plum profile with one of the dream companies for any youngster – Deloitte. The diffident young Meerut boy has grown wings, and is all set to fly!
“It is indeed a dream start. In the short run, I see myself working hard and smart, climbing up the corporate ladder with better responsibilities and a good all-round performance. In the long run, I wish to become an entrepreneur in the field of education.”
Sameer feels that Jaipuria Noida has the right approach towards placements, starting to prepare its students as early as July with mock interviews and guest lectures. Having pursued Finance in his MA, he didn’t have much trouble brushing up on taxation and revising core concepts in the build-up to the Deloitte interview.
“The Deloitte selections were divided into two stages. In early October, I managed to clear the first stage rather easily and qualified for the three rounds of interviews scheduled later in the month. The initial HR round was a test of confidence in which various behavioural and job related questions were asked. It was followed by the business interview round. From basic accounting terminology to technical concepts of finance, this interview tested my analytical abilities. The final round was a mix of all that had we had faced in the earlier rounds; it was more of a check on the consistency and performance level as a the candidate for the job.”
Sameer believes that the first year experience at Jaipuria Noida made the difference to his personality. In the very first trimester, he broke into the top three in his course in terms of his CGPA. He also blossomed on the co-curricular front, securing the runner-up position in the intra-college Marketing quiz of 2011-12. Given his flair for writing, he was entrusted with the tasks of writing reports for the Marketing Conclave – 2011, as well as the Law Conference.
“I did my summer internship at the Central Bank of India, New Delhi. I worked at both the regional as well as the branch office level. From the SIP experience, I certainly realised that the world out there is altogether different from the classroom. The experience at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida has taught me to multi-task and manage time effectively. One has to plan for goals to be able to achieve them. Therefore, my learning stems from the fact that I prioritised my goals on the basis of importance, time and strategy.”
Sameer believes that a good B-School must critical factors: Placement, Faculty and Infrastructure. He points out that in his case, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida has proven excellent on all three counts.