Having grown up in the Pink City herself, Jaipuria, Japiur wasn’t an unfamiliar name for Rashi Sharma. A few of her friends were already studying there, and she was familiar with the various activities and fests that the institute sponsors for its students. Hence, when she decided to move from her science background to the dynamic world of management, she didn’t have to think twice before joining the institute. And as things have turned out, it’s the best decision she could have taken, especially with the news that she landed a job with Jaipur Rugs- an NGO with the vision of creating a society where equality, justice and peace prevail through socio-economic development opportunities for all.
Jaipur Rugs is a growing local company, and one that gives Rashi a fantastic opportunity to further develop her career. She believes that the strong placement programs at Jaipuria Institute of Management, where students have various options in front of them, is a tremendous benefit. Thanks to that, she will be working in a local company in a position that suits her personality to a T: “I am quite excited about my role as a project co-ordinator with Jaipur Rugs Foundation,” a visibly thrilled Rashi says.
If you ask her about the key responsibilities her job will involve, Rashi rattles off an expansive list: “Part of my job would be identifying, developing, and maintaining strong relationships with funding organizations. I would be assisting with preparing and reviewing grant proposals. I will also be conducting presentations on research work and findings at conferences, which I am quite excited about too.”
Rashi’s time at Jaipuria Institute prepared her well for this position, notably in her ability to be an effective public speaker and presenter. Acknowledging this, Rashi says, “All the presentations I had to make might have seemed like hard work at that point in time, but they were important to build my confidence. We were also made to take part in several activities that worked on our personalities and made us who we are today.”
Rashi will be the first to admit that it wasn’t easy going in the initial stages, especially since she came from a Science background and struggled with understanding management concepts. However, over time and with her dedication, she managed to bridge the gap between science and management. But she’s also mindful of the fact that she would not have managed it without the help of her faculty members who were accessible to her whenever she needed them. In addition, Rashi feels that working with students from different backgrounds also helped her immensely.
As Rashi starts off on her professional journey, does she have any advice for her juniors? “When you are on the job you don’t have time to learn; the time to learn is now,” she says. “All I will ask the juniors is to make the most of the brilliant learning opportunities they have at the institute and go after their dreams.”