With all the hype and euphoria surrounding this 1-page, you will get all sorts of advice from your Placement committees as well as from as many seniors as you approach. These will range from the broad ones like how to structure your CV, which sections should come first, which are your strength areas etc. to very narrow ones like your CV should not have a full stop/comma/semi-colon in certain specific places etc.
In this article, we bring to you some of the best guidance on building your resume for your summer placements, starting from tips by HR professionals at Reliance Industries Limited to alumni of the top B-Schools in India! Read on!
Alumni of IIM Lucknow, XLRI Jamshedpur and TISS Mumbai have answered this question. Read on to know more!
I know of this individual who was with me in college and he was particularly interested in this Social Sector Consulting organization. In the PPT of the company, he very confidently noted all that was said, did his research before the PPT and at the end of it, during the Q&A asked a lot of valid and important questions.
Finance And Investment Banking
Year after year, finance is one of the most sought-after roles on any campus! It continues to remains in the top three preferred domains across B-schools in India. Let us take a look at some of the reasons why students choose finance, what are its benefits and how can you prepare for a finance profile in a B-School. We will also take a look at the different career options and roles within the finance domain. Read more to find out.
Having an academic and work-ex background in finance, I primarily wanted to try out consulting during summer internship to explore if it was a possible career option for me. I secured an internship in M&A consulting, which gave me exposure to both consulting and deal lifecycle. I was fortunate enough to get a PPO. However, I decided to appear for final placements.
My advice to future aspirants would be to use a similar strategy, explore career options through internships and live projects to get a flavor of different domains, which will help you make an informed decision on your desired career path.
General Management roles have a very wide scope so I looked for Company updates online, a habit of reading newspapers comes in handy. I didn’t follow any particular document. It is important for GenMan roles that you are thorough with the companies mission and value as these firms place very high importance on selecting candidates that fit their work culture. Do read up well about the company before entering the interview room.
There are some who are Jacks of a single trade and specialise in that and then there are some who are jack of many trades and masters of none. Well, these are individuals who are still not certain which domain do they want to get into and are open to exploring opportunities before zeroing down on something that they would want to settle with.
General Management is one such role that is prevalent in the circuit of MBA where you are not subjected to a particular domain and are given the opportunity to explore multiple stints. There are some organizations and programs like TAS, Mahindra, Reliance etc that offer a proper General Management role, where individuals are subjected to multiple stints during their tenure and are then put under a particular role. Then there are firms like Flipkart, Axis Bank etc that have an MT or a Management Trainee program.
If you're looking for a consulting job, you already know which form of an interview to expect: a case interview. A case interview is a type of interview in which you, the interviewee, are given a business challenge to solve (“How can Burger King quadruple its growth?”) or a brain puzzle to solve (“How many ping pong balls fit in this room?”). Cases have a reputation for being intense, quantitatively heavy, and downright terrifying. But they don't have to be—at least not the scary part. So, let’s talk about the tips that you should keep in mind while giving a consulting interview.
One of the most used phrases in a B-School set-up that has everyone’s attention and eyes rolling is Consulting. Every second person entering into a B-School, if asked which their preferred domain is, the answer without a doubt would be that they want to get into Consulting irrespective of having knowledge about the same. Well, in this article we give you this knowledge by talking about what Consulting is, how to prepare for a consulting profile in b-school, and what are the type of jobs that come under consulting.
Consultancy is one of the most sought-after domains at B-schools during placements, and why not? It’s glamourous, provides an unparalleled learning experience, and offers you an opportunity to work and interact with the best and brightest minds (they say the best-in-class is average at a consultancy firm). This hype around consultancy has resulted in immense competition, with everyone putting their best foot forward. Hence, preparation is key to securing an excellent placement. I’ve tried to pen my preparation journey to help the future batches at their interviews.
When it comes to guesstimates or case solving, interviewers are primarily looking at the concepts of MECE to get guaranteed results to cases or guesstimates. The MECE principle is a grouping principle for separating a set of objects into mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive subsets, pronounced by many as "ME-see" and by the author as "Meese" like Greece or niece.
Sales And Marketing
We always talk about how work experience plays a vital role during campus placements. Still, freshers also enjoy a slight benefit in the positions inclined toward them like Sales and Marketing. A lot of it has to do with the fact that their mindset is still raw and has not been shaped as per any particular culture as fresher. A person who has never worked p is more mouldable, and in that capacity, is probably going to be a decent social fit. There is no well-defined formula for the selection of marketing roles. They are not searching for any relevant marketing background or accreditations/certifications.
As disheartening as it may sound but, it’s actually just summer placements that dominate the psychology and direct the efforts of each first-year student in Term 1. Blame it on the expectations of the society or the paranoia created by the seniors, unfortunately, the agenda of honing one’s business skills through all that a b-school has to offer takes a backseat as soon as one joins the course.
There are three major types of roles comprising of Brand Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, and Business Development Manager which are offered during both Summer and Final Placement at B-Schools by marketing firms. Let us try to understand them one by one, starting with the Brand Manager to prepare for marketing firms during the placement season.
Preparation is an important component to success. One often focuses on the results and plans for it but the truth is one can plan all they want but if they don’t prepare they won’t be ready. In this video Niharika Gupta, an IIM Lucknow graduate talks about how preparation was key to her success and played a pivotal role for her entry into the top FMCG companies i.e. HUL and Colgate Palmolive. According to her, preparation not only helps in tackling stress and anxiety but also helps in making the most out of an opportunity.
The summer internship and CV building process is one of the first major challenges that you will face at the start of your b-school life. Many who have just joined their business schools will have already begun to format their CVs and consult with seniors on the optimal way forward. In this webinar, we bring to you students from IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode who will guide you on the optimal route to cracking a Marketing summer internship with your dream company. In one hour, they will provide you with crucial CV building tips, how to ace the GD rounds, how to floor the interview panel, and will also share how you can make the most out of your summer internship. Join the session now!
How often do we wonder about what's in the store for us from the Universe? We keep on thinking about the future so much that completely forget what is important. So, what is important then? As someone rightly said, "It is our choices that show who we are truly are, far more than our abilities". So, this time, we chose Gurjot Kaur to tell her story about how her choice of registering for a finance role in P&G and later getting finance shortlist but finally converting Marketing role because that was all she knew and that was all she ever wanted.
Operations and Supply Chain
There are 5 aspects to operations prep. HR prep, GD prep, Guesstimates, Operations Caselets, and Domain Prep. One should start with the basic practice of guesstimates. B-school case books and YouTube videos are good resources for it.
The key here is to practice with peers. Parallelly, one should start brushing up their HR answers and practice them through mock PIs. This will refine them. Another aspect of HR answers is writing them formally in word so that it can directly be used in various company application forms.
The next step in operations prep would be to learn to solve operations cases. I would recommend starting practising cost-side cases of profitability as it helps students in exploring the value chains of various industries. After that one can move to company-specific cases that are asked in Amazon, Uber, Myntra, etc.
Operations and Supply Chain Management is not a domain opted by many. However, with changing times, the implication that this field has is certainly immense with no alternative. Coming to the crux of the matter, Operation roles at a B-School are generally niche and require some degree of past work experience or background in the given domain. Here we give you tips on how you can prepare for Operations & Supply Chain Roles. Read more to find out.
Product Management is a difficult, rewarding, and ever-changing position to hold. It's also possible to have a lot of fun with it. A Product Manager may be responsible for market research, product strategy, communicating ideas, organizing product development, receiving user feedback, evaluating data, defining and prioritizing product iterations, and establishing product roadmaps on any given day. If just reading that list has made you exhausted, it might be time to bail ship right now. Because, to put it bluntly, if you want to be a product manager, you must be willing to learn and excel in a wide range of skills. To become a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-all-trades, in a sense.
The majority of the organizations that are coming to the B-Schools for placements are E-Commerce type organizations or have a similar stature to E-Com organizations. And there has been a surge in the number of offers rolled out to students for such roles and this has only increased to a staggering number during and post-pandemic. Every student from a tech background who is doing an MBA at some point wishes to work with an E-Commerce firm or work in an E-Com role.
Summer placements can be quite stressful for students like you. Once the placement interviews begin, the environment suddenly becomes tense. How do you crack your interviews? What do you do during the GD round? How can you get a good summer placement? Everyone wants to get accepted into a top company, and everyone wants to know what it takes to get into one. The stress doesn’t end there. Once inside, how do you manage to bag a Pre Placement Offer (PPO), or a Pre Placement Interview (PPI)? Get tips on cracking your summer internship interviews in this video featuring Nimish Puri, IIM K student who bagged a PPI from Flipkart.
Amazon is one of the most aspired workplaces today. Be it their startup culture, leadership principles or just their products, b-schoolers hope to get an internship with Amazon. In this highly detailed interview, IIM Kozhikode student describes the complex and thorough process that he underwent to get selected for a summer internship and finally get a PPO, with Amazon. Here's how he did it!
In this candid video by Ankit Doshi, Founder & CEO of InsideIIM & AltUni, he describes his disastrous encounter with Summer Placements at IIM Indore, over a decade ago. He explains that while he had a brilliant 16 shortlists, he couldn’t convert even one. Without mincing any words, he then expands on the 3 reasons for this disaster, explaining each in painstaking detail. Ankit then switches to the lessons he learnt from the fiasco - all 6 of them - so that you don’t make the same mistakes! :)
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