Posted on: January 3, 2012
Quintessential young achievers, these alumni from Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) gave us an insight into their careers and talked frankly about what rocks their career boats.
A little wistful, a little wishful, Avinash Chabra, currently Assistant Manager with Future Group, says she learnt a lot at her Alma Mater. “KIAMS gives students full freedom to do anything, but not to hurt others. I gained the confidence to stand by my words if I’m right. For me, it is a place where we learn how to be happy and live as one, in difficult and bad times, together, keeping our cultural values in mind.”
While KIAMS students remain rooted with their Indian values they learn to spread their global branches in their careers. Pawan Prakash Joshi, Analytics Manager with MindTree Consulting discusses his typical work day. “My day is spent helping clients understand their performance in the market, penetration and providing insights into how they can optimize spending to get better return on investment in promotions, new launches and outlet sales.” A lot of thought and planning goes into every project so it is a win-win situation for MindTree and its clients.
Most of KIAMS MBAs have chosen their careers wisely. Work is one phase of life that makes a huge difference and shapes the personality. There are aspects of their work life that they love and aspects that can do with some change. Dheeraj Mohan is currently Assistant Vice President with Edelweiss Global Wealth Management. He likes the complexity of the solutions, the change and the ambiguity of problem solving his job offers him. However, the other side of his coin is, “making cross-functional teams work; constant deadlines and bear markets which reduce the pace of work considerably – hence seasonality.” Ugh. How we all hate those bear markets. They really pull down an economy and challenge happiness.
Responsible and accountable for business from the IFA (Independent Financial Advisor’s Channel) for the region of Karnataka, Venukumar Karunakaran works as Manager of Sales with Mirae Asset Global Investments (India) Pvt. Ltd. According to him, the two most important skills needed to succeed are the knowledge of the products one is selling and an understanding of the market and its conditions. Karunakaran adds a third important aspect to a Sales Manager’s job. “He needs to be able to build new relationships without letting go of the existing ones with the advisors who actually promote one’s products.”
Nikhil Damle works as Vice President in the Corporate Services division with Morgan Stanley. His busy work day starts at 9.30 am and ends any time after 7.30 pm. It is action packed and crammed with meetings, calls and emails. “During lunch, I catch up on current events or match scores at my desk or chat with colleagues, if there’s company. In between, I try to spend 10-15 minutes walking the floor, talking to team members and getting an understanding of how work is going for the day.” Well spent lunches, we must say.
All of them share one secret. You’ve got to love what you do to be great at it. Keeping up with trends, and reading up on happenings gives helps you make informed choices that rarely go wrong.
Categories: Alumni Profiles