During her time at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, Nidhi Chauhan has come across many industry experts, who left an indelible mark on her mind. But one person who has remained a constant source of inspiration for her is her father, who works with Punjab National Bank. Interestingly that led to a tricky question during her placement interview as she was asked about the big news pertaining to PNB in recent times. “While I talked about the Nirav Modi case, I was not expecting them to ask me about non-performing assets etc. for a marketing profile job,” she says. The PGDM 2018 – 20 student got it right and not only bagged placement with Colgate Palmolive but also walked away with a plum offer.
Here’s Nidhi taking us through her progression graph at her B School, what she did right, and what lies ahead.
“If I had to describe myself I would say I am a confident person, who is self-motivated. I have never been part of any race and I am happier creating my own path. I have always had a clear vision of where I want to go with my career and this placement has paved the way for me. I can’t forget the moment when the official from the company came out and announced my name. It was the time when I felt all my hard work and determination had paid off.
One of the important lessons I have learned at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur is that nothing comes easy. I was given many opportunities like live projects, summer and winter internships, but it was up to me to work hard and prove myself. I tackled all questions from marketing, finance and general knowledge sections with complete composure during my interview. I also think my internship with ITC was extremely useful as it is a FMCG company like Colgate Palmolive. I worked in sales and realized that I thrived on its new challenges every day. That’s the reason I had decided to make my career in FMCG industry.
At Colgate Palmolive I will be working as a Customer Development Officer. I need to understand the basics of the business and get insights into the market. I have to fall back on my learning to ensure that my team and I can generate leads and get business for my company.
My time at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur in many ways has been a preparation for this time. Right from becoming the Miss Fresher of our batch to participating in events like Abhyudaya, I have been growing with every experience I have had. There have been fun moments too. I can admit this now that I would turn off the projector during lectures to break the flow. We have made so many fun memories in classrooms, student lounge; I am going to miss it all.”