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Suvendu Acharyya, Jaipuria Noida Class of 2014-2016, on the importance of internship experience in final placements

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Suvendu belongs to Kolkata and had completed his graduation in B.Tech in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology. The decision to pursue an MBA was driven by his desire to increase his career prospects: “I decided to pursue an MBA as I wanted to have a career growth by enhancing my skills.”

Coming from a middle-class background, there were many important considerations in his choice of institute. “Coming to Jaipuria Noida was a big decision for me and my family as we had a lot of expectations for a prosperous future. My family has invested heavily in my studies and ROI matters a lot to me. Apart from the placement prospects, a good learning environment was a very important consideration. I am glad to say that Jaipuria Noida has fulfilled both expectations.”

The two years (2014-16) spent here have been a transformational journey for Suvendu. “Jaipuria is not only a college for me but a family. I cherished every moment spent with friends. Faculty were so approachable that they made our learning journey easier. Participating in events and clubs was fun and also a valuable learning experience. I changed a lot in terms of improved communication skills and patience, both of which used to be my weakness. There were valuable lessons in every moment. My friends and the library are probably what I will miss the most.”

His internship was with Moon Beverages (Coca Cola) and proved to be a great initiation into corporate roles. “My internship was in the Food and Beverages industry. I was dealing with retailers in Ghaziabad to gauge their satisfaction with Moon Beverages and Coca Cola products.”

The internship experience proved very valuable in his final placements interview process. “The interview experience always shows the bitter truth if one is not prepared. Students need to have lot of general knowledge apart from the textual knowledge. One also needs to articulate the internship work really well. I was tested on sales theory in my personal interview (PI) round. Behavioural aspects were tested by putting me in different situations and there was a stress interview as well.” His advice to juniors is “to be thoroughly prepared with the CV and put more focus in summer internship program (SIP), which is what the questions largely focus on. Also, group discussion (GD) practice is important since a lack of knowledge and inability to communicate becomes ground for elimination”

“I have joined as Management Trainee in Sales with Hindustan Sanitaryware (HSIL) and my key roles will be to visit retailers and explain our products, new launches, schemes which the companies provide, motivate them to increase sales, understand their problems and resolve them. Jaipuria has helped me develop most of the skills I will need for these roles,” concludes Suvendu as we wish him well in his career.

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