We took the opportunity to interact with our alumni who are currently working at Aditya Birla Group, to get inspired from their side of the stories. We took interviews of people who are at managerial positions within the organization. This initiative helped us to understand their journey and how they have tackled various situations in their career.
Mr. Mehul Gupta, Manager Human Resources, Ultra Tech Cement, SCMHRD Batch of 2014.
We connected with our alumnus Mr. Mehul Gupta, who is from the batch of 2014. He is currently working as a Manager in Human resources at UltraTech Cements. The following is the interview of his journey at Aditya Birla Group.
Interviewer- How did your time at SCMHRD prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead in the corporate world?
Mehul - I would say that at SCMHRD we had a mixture of curriculum, every day we used to get a surprise test. So that is one part that you get prepared for uncertainty and ambiguity, how to handle different situations. Somewhere I feel that these situations come very much in the corporate world. So that kind of culture and behaviour gets imbibed in you which helps you in the corporate world.
Second is that we used to go through case studies which gave us a view of real-life situations. Being part of HR, we had faculties coming from outside as a part of guest lectures and we got to network with them, at the same time getting some real-time exposure.
Another thing that I felt in our time at SCMHRD we were getting a lot of competitions on campus so this way. I remember a case study from Microsoft. Basically, that way you get to know about the company itself, solve those case studies, get exposure to different colleges, different events, you get to build your capabilities around that.
Interviewer - How would you say is the culture is at ABG and what is the one thing you like the most about ABG?
Mehul - The culture at ABG, I would say, is that of empowerment and by that I mean starting from any decision related to financials to any decision about a product we have to launch, is up to me. I have to basically take care of everything. I do not have any constraint on the budget or ideas. If the idea is good, it will definitely get implemented. You do not have many restrictions, you are given a freehand to do what you want, and deliver results. So this empowerment you get is what I would say is the best thing about ABG.
Interviewer - So the company trusts you with the resources it has and they give you everything at your disposal.
Mehul - Yes. Obviously, you have to build credibility that you can get ahead. Also, I would say the second thing I love at ABG, other than empowerment, is the visibility you get. For three or four projects, you might be highlighted to the chairman. You also get projects with strategic heads. So your acumen to think strategically gets built at a young age.
Interviewer - You have been working at ABG for some time now. Do you see any key changes that ABGLP has contributed to a person’s growth?
Mehul - One thing is definitely networking. At ABGLP they know how to network and get the work done. Another thing is the proactiveness and the passion to do extra things. The program gives you an opportunity to go that extra mile. Because ABGLP gives you exposure to different businesses so you get an all-around perspective out of which you can apply a lot of things in your day-to-day life, in your work. The business acumen grows to a great extent at a young age.
Interviewer - ABG has recently been going out with the line ‘big in your life’. What are your views regarding this?
Mehul - Trends are changing, and on the basis of this change, we too need to present ourselves differently. It is not about just the one unit that is doing very well, it is all of them. Apart from this, we highly believe in contributing to society. It is not only a business sense of mind. We have partnered with building portable housing in the eastern part of the country.
The kind of initiatives that ABG has taken is very different from other companies and that is what I feel is the overall essence of ‘big in your life’.
Interviewer - Often people at ABG think about tomorrow, today. So how is this line incorporated in the work that you do on a daily basis?
Mehul - The five values which we have, having such a big brand, almost 44 Billion dollar company, help in keeping the culture alive and still work around moving this elephant in the right direction. At Ultratech, we recently launched Yuva, targeting Gen Y, so they can come and present their path-breaking ideas in front of the leadership team and those ideas can get approved then and there and get a chance to present.
So, the culture of innovation and passion is built into every HR process across ABG, because of which we think about tomorrow today. Across most, if not all the businesses in ABG, we are in the top three and that is why wherever we want to be, we want to be at the top. The best part is that every person starting from the lowest level to the highest keeps on thinking that he wants to create something new.
We thank ABG and our alumni for this wonderful opportunity to interact and get inspired by their stories