Hi, I am Arijit Saha, currently pursuing my MBA from IIM Kashipur. Before joining MBA, I worked for 6 months at Carl Zeiss India as Software Developer. I completed my B.Tech from IIIT Naya Raipur in CSE Branch.
Today, I will discuss some of the key points that can really prove useful for our Corporate Journey. Obviously, there is no set formula to achieve this. But this in this evolving process, we can try a few kinds of stuff which might be a game-changer for us. In this dynamic world, definitely we cannot be risk-averse people. So, we will be discussing how is Life at B-Schools, my Corporate Journey till now and how can it made better, and also why Self-Branding has
become so important these days. Let’s get started.
Importance of Self Branding: –
Being unique is very important nowadays, but also being visible enough. There is no point in being unique if you are not visible enough. Your visibility will unleash your USP to the world. This leads me to Self-Branding. We are always hooked on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook and we think we are connected to the world. I would say, NO, you are not really connected
unless you connect with a purpose. LinkedIn has been in existence for many years now, but still, people tend not to understand the power of LinkedIn. Trust me, the real world is on LinkedIn. You just need to give two hours for LinkedIn every day by cutting down the time on other apps. Firstly, you need to have a very professional profile on LinkedIn (Below my profile link is given as a reference). Professional LinkedIn profiles with decent formal profile pictures and a well-drafted introduction actually draw the attention of others in your profile. Secondly, you have been very engaging. Making new connections and communicating with them will not only improve your interpersonal skills but will give you a broad perspective of multiple aspects. Remember always, “Your network is your net worth”. Finally, self-curated posts are something that is looked on by every recruiter. So, creating engaging content on LinkedIn would be the key. Trust me, all these will lead to you getting that job which you have always wanted to get.
Corporate Journey: –
My Corporate Journey began at Carl Zeiss India as a Software Developer. A complete technical role led me to leave the job too soon and start my MBA. But during my short stint, I really understood what is the importance of Management education to excel in the corporate world. There were developers with 15-20 years of experience who couldn’t reach managerial positions. So, their roles are getting saturated. During my MBA, I did my internship at RBL Bank (top 10 private banks of India). My role as Product Management and Digital Transformation with Strategy. I thoroughly enjoyed the internship and the work which I was doing was giving me happiness.
I realized that a technical job was never a thing for me. Many of my juniors ask me what to choose between Role, Company, and Salary. Well, there isn’t a set rule of selection because it depends on what you are currently having in your hand. For me, Role and Company matter a lot more than Salary because I know if I get a role of my choice, I will have the opportunity to excel and this will lead to further career progression. You always need to choose in terms of what can give you the best career growth. That is why it is so essential to have short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals decided so that in times of such confusion these goals would give us certain clarity.
Life at B-School: –
This is itself a broad area for discussion. B-Schools are usually places where there are many things to do and hardly a student can decide what is good or what activities could lead to converting a few of the coveted roles on the campus. So, you might get a sense of how evolving B-School culture is. Literally, we don’t differentiate between day and night because activities keep happening round the clock. The first thing to utilize this culture and to channelize it properly, one needs to find the right position of responsibility (POR). POR not only creates a talking point in the job interviews but also allows us to learn and hone some of the crucial management skills which are relevant across the industry. For example, I belong to the Corporate Relations Committee, where my team acts as a liaison between the institute and various companies. This has actually improved my interpersonal skills a lot
Corporate Competitions act as a battleground to be the best among the best. The competition is cut-throat but this paves a way to bagging some of the best offers in the country. So, a huge amount of preparation has to be done for these competitions. Interpersonal skills as I already stated above are the primary and key skills for any B-School. Without proper interpersonal skills, it is literally very tough to get through any interviews even if your academics are strong. So, when in B-School, from Day 1 itself, we need to focus on how to improve interpersonal skills and make it top-notch.
Ultimately, all the above points lead to creating your own “Unique Selling Point”. USP would play a major role in every placement process. Going forward in the corporate world, USP is what will be a differentiating factor for you and would gradually pave way for success.
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