The story of the aPPOinted ones
“Innovation is not an option, but is essential at IMT.” – Director IMT Ghaziabad
The whispers of an impending global recession can no more be hushed away. The economy certainly doesn’t give any rosy impression of job market. Perhaps no other place can show a better picture of the harsh reality than the campus of a B-School. However, the PPO converts of IMT Ghaziabad this year have an altogether different story to tell, as the number of converts has seen an increase in comparison to the figures of last year. The batch of 2015 has brought quite an impressive statistics of pre-placement offers to the institute that has been provided below.
|No. of PPOs received||75|
|Highest PPO CTC||36.00 LPA|
|No. of PPIs received||47|
Mr. Vishal Goyal, Head- Corporate Relations at IMT Ghaziabad, speaks about the qualities that make IMT Ghaziabad an attractive destination for recruiters who are interested to offer PPO and on the lookout for suitable candidates. “The culture of continuous development of curriculum and teaching methodology at IMT prepares the students for the changing needs of the corporate world. The exposure offered to the students through foreign exchange programmes, interaction with highly knowledgeable faculty and state of the art infrastructure is highly appreciated in the B-School fraternity. The past performance of the alumni base has set a high standard in many reputed companies. The performance of the students in various events such as L’Oréal Brandstorm Paris 2016-17, Maverick, Carpe Diem, HULT Prize and Mahindra War Room etc. also helps in earning good name for the institute.”
Mr. Goyal also says that the specific courses that are being offered at IMT Ghaziabad facilitated by the tie up with firms such as Genpact trains the students for specific sectors. The lingering pessimism because of recession in the recruitment figures globally has not affected the trend of pre-placement offers because recruiters realize the value of investment in long term relationship with premier institutes. In fact, the number of pre-placement offers has seen a significant growth this year in comparison to last year. A sector wise breakup of the PPOs received so far has been provided below.
Pre-placement processes are opportunities where one needs to prove one’s ability, says Mr. Husain Motiwala, who has accepted the job offer from a leading multinational telecommunications services company after appearing in a pre-placement interview. “Classroom learning is important, even more important is the skill to apply it in practical situation. Especially for marketing students, it’s never advisable to miss any opportunity of building good network and learning. As an intern, one can make a mistake and can still be excused; this is not expected of an employee.”
During the whole selection process, recruiters look for candidates with positive attitude and calm mind set who can think and try to find solutions for every situation, says Ms. Theresa Dominic, second year PGDM student who has recently bagged a PPO. She got hold of the clue from the GD and Personal interview rounds and started working on it from the very first day. Good organizations encourage their employees to take initiative and the interns are no exception. With proactive approach and honest mind, one can achieve great heights, so says her experience of working one of the biggest professional services firms of the world.
At IMT Ghaziabad, some students get offers for long summer internships, the duration of which remains 5 or 6 months. While many students believe that long summer internships provide better opportunity for PPO conversion, Ms. Shiffa Nagpal, who has bagged a pre-placement offer from a multinational beverage corporation, brings along another perspective. In a long summer internship, the expectations of the management are high and the implementation part of the project is of utmost importance, especially in a result oriented environment like that of FMCG sector. A candidate needs to be really clear about the deliverables and start working on it from day one itself.
In the words of Mr. V. Phani Kartheek, the most important step of the whole exercise is the first step, i.e. to get a clear picture of the deliverables. He has received a PPO from a big multinational player of automotive manufacturing industry. So good was his plan of action that he could finish the task of two month long internship in one month and work on the implementation part of the project in the second month, which was originally not a part of the project. Building good network at the workplace and getting in touch with seniors always helps. Peer learning is another important aspect of management education and should be treated with priority. According to Kartheek, knowing the basics of subjects is pretty important; he gives special credit to his learning from courses such as Marketing Program Design, Marketing strategy and Organization and Business Research Methods.