Posted on: January 18, 2016
After completing his graduation in commerce, the Bank Placement exam was the assumed option for Ayon Barua. While preparing for them, he realized that he needed to give his career a bigger fillip and decided to opt for the PGDM. He considers opting for KIAMS “a life altering moment, one which has been tremendously enriching” and which has resulted in his placement as a Senior Sales Executive (Corporate Sales) with Naukri.com (Info Edge India Ltd.). Here he talks about his KIAMS journey and how he prepared for the plump placement.
Ayon admits that like many others, placement was always the ultimate objective. He feels KIAMS prepared him well and helped his dream come true in second attempt. “I was sleeping when my friend woke me up and gave me the news. I was thrilled to bits because it’s a huge placement with a reputed company. My role with Naukri.com will need me to display my time management and leadership skills besides nuances of marketing,” he says before adding that he is up for the challenge thanks to his learning experience at KIAMS.
When asked to describe his journey with the institute, Ayon calls it a roller coaster ride that had its highs and lows. But he is quick to point out that this characteristic has made him a diligent and more responsible person. Ask him what he thinks worked for him during the placement process and he says, “Mostly I stuck to the basics, which helped. I am fairly confident of my communication skills, which let me sail through the GD. I prepared my SIP topic thoroughly and went through important points that I would present in the interview in one minute. I think that helped make the right impression for me.” Staying calm is the key though, he admits.
Ayon’s SIP was with the blue-chip Tata Steel, at Jamshedpur where he worked on a project; ‘Component Mapping of Precision Tubes in Automotive Sector of India’. According to Ayon, the internship along with various initiatives organized by KIAMS helped him gain practical experience that prepared him for industry challenges. “I think the basics of Marketing were already drilled into us in the first year. The mentor mentee program helped hone the skills imbibed in us further. Moreover we were given a sound understanding of the corporate world through various programs,” he explains.
While Ayon looks forward to taking his first steps in what looks like a promising career, he feels nostalgic about the times spent at KIAMS. He says that he would miss the calm and serenity of Harihar campus along with friends who he made during his time there. He calls them his heart and soul and believes those bonds will last forever. Ask him for words of advice to juniors at the institute and pat comes the reply, “Keep a low profile with the real smart stuff under your sleeve; unveil it when you are in need. Be the Jack in the box so that you can surprise everyone around you.” That’s something he himself intends to do and make a mark in his professional life.