How S. N. Avinash’s PGDM Renewed His Career

Avinash shares his success story, which he scripted despite the adversities

“Hardships are temporary, but they serve as a stepping stone to success.” This is the precept that young S. N. Avinash, a Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM) student, lives by. For PGDM graduates, finding a job that is fulfilling, exciting and better paying than the previous one is typically a critical part of their post-graduation plans.

Avinash, a marketing PGDM student and now a territory sales manager at Crompton Greaves, completed his course this year and said the support and guidance of the institute’s placement group made all the difference in landing his ‘dream job.’

Avinash wanted to extend his career prospects through a new course and superior experience, and enrolling at VJIM drew him in a special way. “VJIM is warm and allows building sincere relationships with faculty and students. It ranks high and puts great stress on offering practical and hands-on experience, which I find is crucial,” says Avinash.

As a part of his curriculum, Avinash and his fellow-students met industry experts from across the country and beyond. Their insights allowed him to get clarity on the industry he wanted to choose and understand the requirements that will make him fit for the industry. “The experience gained from these experts was not just interesting, but valuable too. It was after meeting them that I got clarity about my future, understood the importance of practical approach versus bookish knowledge, and the process of targeting the desired industry,” Avinash says.

Just before his final placement, Avinash landed a role at Syska personal care category as an intern – where he was on a ‘steep learning curve’ and was constantly challenged in his work. He adds, “Learning how large organizations function while setting up my credibility and gaining the trust of my seniors have been important.”

Recalling his college days, Avinash says he will always be grateful to the faculty members for helping him get through the course and preparing him for the future of work. “If there’s one thing that VJIM has instilled among its students, it’s the leadership skill,” he says. Avinash also counts the faculty, co-students, visit to ITC for the big billion day, and internship at Syska among the highlights of his PGDM.

The holistic nature of this course has left a lasting impact on Avinash, shaping his new direction. The events, the peers, and the syndicate environment have also helped to shape his personality during the PGDM.

Avinash and his PGDM experience were much more than the classroom studies and aspirants should embrace all that is available.

Prithvilal Pitty’s journey as a student at Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, to bagging a dream job through placements

As someone with no prior experience, choosing the right institute for PGDM program was very crucial for Prithvilal Pitty of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management. After thorough research of the top PGDM colleges, Pitty opted for VJIM because of their high rankings and reputation across the university tables, which, in his opinion, have only increased since his time there.

With marketing as his specialization during the course, Pitty was able to bag a job at Naukri.com as a sales executive. Hoping to be exposed to multiple job roles and business functions, Pitty knew he had to major in a subject that would make his degree and time investment attractive to employers. Now, his role as a sales executive is helping him explore the areas of product sales and client engagement & management.

Prithvilal Pitty,
PGDM, Class of 2020

After 2 years of receiving a quality education and rightful industry exposure, Pitty firmly claims that a PGDM course, if done from the right PDGM college like VJIM, makes a lot of difference in the career as well as the life of an individual, and improves the overall future. At VJIM, Pitty shares he was inspired by the way the course curriculum was imparted and by the class-apart lecturers. When speaking of his favourite things at VJIM, he says the opportunities and people were like no other. He also added to this, “I have met some of the best people in my institute through the course, workshops, seminars, and guest lectures. The faculty members and staff have all got one common goal – to see the students succeed. To help aspirants attain their dream, the institute takes all the efforts possible – be it guidance, mentorship, events, or conferences. Not to forget, the community spirit on the campus is incomparable and it makes each of us feel like we were a part of the VJIM family.”

In terms of work, Pitty’s internship experience and activities at the institute have taught him to foster decision-making skills, effective communication, and technical knowledge. He believes, it was his persistence that enabled him to keep making strides in his personal and professional growth.

Bantu Akhil Chandra of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, Unveils the Journey to Landing his Dream Job

The placement experience is unparalleled – not just because of the exposure students get, but because there’s a new job waiting for the right candidate, shares Bantu Akhil Chandra of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad.

For Chandra, the two years of PGDM at VJIM passed in the blink of an eye. As someone with great enthusiasm and positive outlook to learning and adapting new skills, Chandra believes the mix of workshops, assignments, presentations, events, and importantly, summer internship, has helped not just him but every other student in developing knowledge and competence that has now come to use as they all step into the corporate world. Having gained his summer internship experience as a brand promoter at Marico, the young lad of VJIM asserts that the support and guidance from his professors, placement cell, and subordinates at the company helped him sail smoothly through those two months.

3d84d5c8-dad0-481d-9c6b-343adda9dc8a“Considering I’m a fresher, getting placed as an intern at an organization like Marico was a great deal. I knew I had a responsibility on my shoulder to perform well, and so, I could surpass my own abilities to do justice to the role offered. What worked well in my favor is the know-how of implementing what I knew, what I’d learned, and how to apply,” said Chandra.

Now, as an employee at ITC Logistics as a Trainer, Chandra feels great to have been placed in one of the best companies that the Institute can offer. Besides, being the only one to have secured a position in the said organization, he shares feeling extremely proud of his own achievement and hard work put in during the time of the course, and prior to the interview. When speaking on his profile, Chandra said, “As a Logistics Trainer, I’m expected to be present in the warehouse regularly for about 10 to 12 hours, observing and monitoring the process. I’m needed to keep a close eye on tracking during work hours. For now, since joining, I’m being trained, guided, and mentored by many, which has helped me advance a few skills in a short span. Needless to say, whatever I am, however, I perform, it’s got a lot to do with VJIM and the faculty members.”

Chandra now hopes to attain, develop, and polish his knowledge pertaining to his function and create invaluable professional as well as social networks, for good!

Post COVID-19, what would be some of the hottest job profiles for management students

We are getting close to that time of the year when students are prepping to graduate and enter the real corporate world. Naturally, this phase is filled with anticipation, pressure, excitement, and a little nervousness about the uncertain and unexplored career path.

But what’s different this graduation season is the fact the world is hit by a pandemic and finding a suitable job will more challenging than years prior. For young adults who are on the verge of graduating this year, there is a different level of concern, mainly regarding sourcing opportunities, appearing for interviews, and cracking the right deal while being sheltered at home. In a situation where a large number of corporates are staring at unprecedented losses, freezing hiring, and considering mass layoffs, there’s an urgent need for an alternate game plan.

So, here’s a list of a variety of sectors, including different job profiles, that will gain demand and be suitable for management graduates post COVID-19:

  1. Social Media Manager

Social mediaOne of the newest and most in-demand careers involve social media management. If you are an ardent social media user and understand the importance of engaging multimedia content for promoting businesses, then this might be a career option that you may enjoy. The social media industry is faced-paced and constantly evolving, and hence, the role may always seem challenging, demanding, and pressurizing.

  1. Production Manager

ProductionOwing to the current situation, retailers and electronic manufacturers around the world have put a halt or slowed the process of production. Clearly, as the businesses in India and world-over reopen, the demand for management candidates with interest in this area is likely to rise by most manufacturing and processing companies. Thus, a role as a product manager where you’ll be responsible for planning, communication, coordination, and technical management could be for you.

  1. Management Consultant

managerEven though this is an obvious career path, the demand for a management consultant is certain to multiply more than ever post the pandemic. Be it large corporates or startups, the need for businesses to evolve and scale up results by resolving problematic areas using limited resources can be attained using the business skills of a management consultant.

 

  1. Risk Manager and Consultant

4When it comes to threats like a pandemic, businesses hold a better chance of surviving and recuperating if management is prepared with a team of risk managers and consultants. The role of a risk manager extends after and beyond an event where they are expected to curb and respond to the unforeseen situation by establishing employee-specific protocols,

identifying alternate work processes, and creating a standby budget for emergencies of this nature.

Apart from the abovementioned careers, management students will also most likely find opportunities in areas of communication, retail management, digital marketing, and financial management.

Amid continued concerns over COVID-19 and a sapped economy, the job search may take longer than expected, but the right skills will get you to the career that’s right for you!

How VJIM, Hyderabad Articulates Career Vision Schooling in the PGDM Program

Career development courses – including workshops and seminars – how are they being made an integral part of the Management curriculum at Vignana Jyothi Institute of Managemen (VJIM), Hyderabad?

As the level of curriculum becomes stringent and complex, a course of Career Vision Schooling (CVS) appears to be a perfect fit for the students who wish to seek exposure and a line of new opportunities. In a bid to groom the students belonging to different backgrounds, VJIM formally incorporated CVS as a 3-credit course in the academic year 2015-16. By doing so, the institute has found success in witnessing students obtain a greater degree of confidence and comfort in making important career decisions.

The course is designed in a way that it helps in developing all the required skills that the students may need to become job-ready. Overall, during the course of pursuing PGDM, the program is divided into four key sections; mainly, co-curricular programs, corporate engagement, functional areas, and placement. While functional areas section is particularly focused on the academic side of the course, CVS rightly finds its place amid a range of co-curricular programs such as case analysis, business simulation, ET analysis, summer internship programme (SIP), and business line on campus.

CVS, the career development programme is well-planned and executed over a period of 5 semesters, in the form of 5 modules, commencing right from the start of the academic year. The modules consist of personal competencies, business orientation, collaboration, employability training – 1, and employability training – 2, which together as well as individually impart and strengthen the employability skills in the students.

Connecting aspirants with courses like CVS and experts offering training for it is one of the ways VJIM is initiating activities to help students obtain invaluable career development assistance.

 

Hello Students! How to make the most of this Quarantine?

As the world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic, more than 130 countries have shut schools and colleges nationwide, impacting over 80% of students globally. This is unparalleled and first-of-its-kind; the world has never seen so many children out of colleges at the same time.

In a situation like this, it is natural for children to feel confused, sad, scared, worried, or angry. However, if you are one of them, remember, sitting at home doesn’t mean you cannot learn anything new or get any work done. Here’s what can be done this quarantine:

  1. Dive into a good book

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Reading novels is something that people of all age groups enjoy. And what better time than now for you to laze around with an engrossing book. Be it one of the books from the Ruskin Bond collection, to Paulo Coelho, JK Rowling, or a few from the range of advanced authors like RK Narayan, Arundhati Roy, Shiv Khera, or Khalid Hosseini.

 

  1. Watch educational series and movies

people-watching-online-video-digital-internet-television-web-videos-player-social-media-live-stream_53562-8917There is an unending list of series and movies that will educate you on different topics. Choose the genre of your choice and watch them online. If you or any of your family members have access to Amazon Prime or Netflix, there are umpteen number of documentaries, movies, and TV series you can watch.

  1. Get better at drawing and painting

art-classesNow is the perfect time to bring all those paintbrushes to use that have been catching dust for ages. In case you are short of brushes, go for ice cream sticks, plastic spoons, or use your fingers. Save a list of 11 painting ideas or participate in an online painting competition.

Each day, try giving an hour of your time to draw and paint – it can be anything, a place, a fruit, or an object in front of you.

  1. Learn a language

international-group-people-saying-hi-260nw-1182493903Learning a language is a new experience but it does demand dedication. Besides giving you an edge over others, the new language will help you in your career and open new avenues of education and jobs in the near future.

While everyone spends time resting and napping, you can turn the quarantine period into an opportunity to learn new skills.

The options are endless and surviving the quarantine without losing your sanity is not as tough as it may seem. Do what you like and spend this time period by doing all things productive!

The Importance of Cultural Diversity in the Management Classroom and VJIM’s role in it

Why is an understanding of diversity crucial in management classrooms today? One of the reasons is that progressive businesses are gradually embracing diversity more than ever, not least since it’s the need of the hour.

With its dynamic faculty and multicultural campus, the Hyderabad-based Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM) is better placed than a lot of others in terms of addressing the importance of diversity in both, educational institutions as well as the business world. And the intensification of diversity doesn’t only limit to ethnicity and race; it also encompasses students of different language background, religion, region, economic status, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Having realized that fostering awareness and inclusion around multicultural education and considering a culturally-responsive approach to training benefits all students, VJIM has set an example by hosting students from over 24 states across India. Not only has this created greater multicultural awareness and helped students with different backgrounds succeed, but it has also evoked a sense of acceptance towards others.

The role of culture

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Time and again, it is important to remind ourselves why cultural awareness with a balance of diversity is so crucial in the classroom and the impact it can have on students in the present time as well as the future. Teaching diversity to management aspirants prepares them to embrace various social and cultural groups, thereby helping them become better citizens in their respective communities.

Implementing and celebrating diversity and cultural awareness is a journey in itself, but the following points highlight how it’s beneficial –

  1. Students become more broad-minded
  2. Students learn empathy
  3. Students gain a better understanding of people and lessons
  4. Students feel safe and confident
  5. Students are more prepared for a diverse workplace

Lastly, the climate and culture followed and practiced by an educational institution impacts student success. As a result, it is especially important for both, the college and the classroom culture, to reflect, celebrate, and acknowledge diversity.

Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, Concludes Annual Cultural Fest ‘Chrysalis 2020’ on a high note

February 13th 2020, Hyderabad: The 2020 edition of Chrysalis, the annual cultural fest of Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Hyderabad, concluded on a grand note on Friday, February 7th, 2020. This one-day cultural extravaganza under the theme ‘Udbhav – Emerging Stronger’ kick-started on the same day, with various competitions and programs lined up for participants and audience from across the city.

Chrysalis 2020 witnessed academic events like Dhana Dhana Dhan, Kriya Vikraya, Netratva, and Karyaneeti, and cultural events such as Nrityalaya, Aalapana, Navyatanga, and Alankarana among many others. The major attractions of the fest were events like Bollywood Trivia, Sherlock Holmes, Sau ka Savaal, Yuva Saadhak, and Paricharcha. To take the celebrations up a notch, the award-winning RJ and speaker, Chaitu, hosted a session filled with energy, joy, and merriment for the students and participants. The evening of the fest was taken over by the city’s most popular and sought-after musical band, Akshar, that left no stone unturned to light up the campus with their music and vibe overall.

In an event of the same kind, VJIM held ‘Ignitron’ – a business plan competition and opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs of the city. This one-day academic initiative was conducted on Thursday, February 6th, 2020, and had attained backing of Data Wise consultants. Ignitron witnessed great participation from students of different colleges, including, National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), St. Joseph’s College, Mahindra College, and Loyola College, who presented plans on subjects like “problem-solving in the construction industry with blockchain technology”, “smart helmet for safe rides”, and “ozone masks” to name a few. The event was inaugurated and judged by Mr. Srinivas Prasad – Deloitte, Mr. Srinivas Kodali – Entrepreneur, and Mr. S. Sarma – Independent Management Consultant.

On the other hand, the chief guests for Chrysalis included Ms. Likitha – Kuchipudi & Kathak Artist and Ms. Manasa Varanasi – FBB Colors Femina Miss India 2019 Finalists. This annual fest was attended and treasured by students from the National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Fortune School of Business (FSB), The Indian Institute of Management and Commerce (IIMC), and Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE).

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Durga Prasad, Director, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), said, “Chrysalis as well as Ignitron act as platforms for college students to come together and showcase their creativity. These competitions and cultural fests give the students a break from their academic routine to participate and compete in different activities in a healthy way. Looking at the response, we are hopeful that we’ll get a chance to host many such editions of these events.”

The evenings following the events concluded with trophy and certificate distribution to the winners and an address of appreciation for all the attendees including students, faculty members, staff, and guests.