“Jaipuria Institute of Management converted Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity by seamlessly moving to online platforms and ensuring that there were no obstacles in our learning curve and career path,” says Ayushi Jaiswal, who has picked Finance and Marketing as specialization in her PGDM programme. The B School had earlier also ensured that its students had the best internship opportunities, which have now resulted in PPOs for Ayushi and her 8 batch mates with International consulting giant, Deloitte, at a handsome remuneration package of Rs. 6.75 LPA.
It has been a year of uncertainties, economic slowdown, which had a direct impact on MBA aspirants. Internships were stalled, placement offers withdrawn or deferred. In this volatile environment, Jaipuria Institute of Management, one of the top ranked b-School adapted quickly and made sure the internships were smooth. “Recruited process, which was conducted earlier, included aptitude test, versant test, and three rounds of interviews. Being a virtual internship I was impressed by the efficient modules, materials, platforms to network,” says Sneha Kongala, now placed as US Tax Intern.
The internship had a lot to do with learning US taxation, filling statuses, various forms, the rules and regulations followed, and ways to use various software to file tax returns. But it was so much more; a truly well-curated all round learning experience for future managers. “It was my first corporate experience and it made me realize the difference between classroom learning and hands on learning in a professional environment,” claims Lavish Dhingra, who has been placed as Tax Consultant-1 with the company.
Lavish believes that to make your mark in the corporate world, you need to finish your assignments before the deadline and stay agile on the ground to grab any opportunities that come your way. That’s exactly what he did during his internship to win over his employers. Each of the new recruits had their own strategies to bag the lucrative PPO offers. Shubhangi Agrawal, Finance and Business Analytics reveals, “The quality of assignment work, and interactions with mentors, colleagues makes a big impression during the internship.”
The internship was indeed a huge platform to learn from experiences of mentors and colleagues, who are seasoned professionals in the field. But at the same time, it also enabled them to interact with fellow interns from other B Schools from all over the country. “Interning with Deloitte was all about networking. Interacting and getting to know students from diverse backgrounds from B Schools all over India was a highlight for me. It has helped us grow and understand different perspectives in life,” adds Ayushi.
The new Deloitte recruits unanimously admit that being able to connect with mentors and other interns was indeed a challenge. But they managed to surmount it by embracing the latest technologies and being flexible in their approach. If there was ever a Masterclass in learning by doing then Jaipuria Institute of Management interns were experiencing it first hand during these tough times. They have not only proven their mettle with their PPOs but also shown us what leaders of tomorrow are made of.