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Summer Internships are a stepping stone to your final placements among others: KIAMS Alumnus, Supriya Kataria

Posted on: February 20, 2012

Interviewer: What company are you working for now?

Supriya: I am working with Green Place IT Services.

Interviewer: Please tell us about your job.

Supriya: I am a principal consultant here. I basically take care of leadership hiring to recruit the top-notch management above the AVP and the VP grade. The industries I’m catering to are BPO, silicon industry, packaging industry, manufacturing industry and a lot of consulting we’re doing for Accenture ENY.

Interviewer: What advice do you have for students planning to take up a role similar to yours?

Supriya: The advice I would like to give them is: when they’re doing their summer projects, which is likely to happen in their first year, they should do them very seriously and should get into an industry where they would like to take their career ahead. You should not take up things just for the sake of it, because the summer projects will matter a lot in the years to come when they finally decide which industry they want to be in. When they go for the final placements everybody asks them about the summer projects and also they should choose companies they feel they are in a better position to crack and where they would like to be, especially for human resources and finance guys, because marketing people understand they can enter into different industries, but for the human resources and finance specialists that is not so.

Interviewer: Please tell us three things you like and dislike about your job.

Supriya: I like the project which I do, the company, the people we are with in the team. There are a couple of people supporting me and my team. The thing that I dislike is that I’m very reserved there.

 Interviewer: Is there any particular skill required to be successful in a job like yours? What can an MBA student do to grow in this role?

Supriya: My advice would be to read. Read a lot of newspapers and articles and be aware of the things that are happening in the economy. The recession has started. These are very tough times and we are very skeptical about what will happen until March so be very particular and you will need a lot of reading. That will help you to select the industry you want to go into and career you’d like to choose for yourself.

Interviewer: Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

Supriya: Five years down the line I think I’ll be an entrepreneur, though I am not very sure of that. I’m very happy with my current service profile and would like to get into that line after five years.

Interviewer: Any particular advice you would like to give to KIAMS students?

Supriya:  I would just like to tell them to market KIAMS as much as they can, because it is very important for everybody to know what KIAMS is all about. They should tell the world about the two beautiful campuses and the exceptional faculty and teachers they have. They should also make use of professional networks like LinkedIn. I would personally request them to connect to me because I have a vast organization network base. It is a complete professional aide and they can promote themselves in a better way.

Interviewer: Any other thoughts that you would like to share with students?

Supriya: Be proud of your institute. Try to get into the best organizations and industry. I believe we are better than anybody if we choose to be. The only difference is that other premier institutes get good opportunities more easily and we have to work for that. But I believe if people work very hard, then five years down the line our juniors will get the same opportunities.

Interviewer: Please tell us any memories or interesting event that happened in your student life at KIAMS.

Supriya: It was a fantastic time. I remember being the only student to get through the placement rounds when the first company came to campus and they were asking me so many technical things which were going just above my head. That was really a memorable night when I was giving my interview at 11 p.m.

Interviewer: Do you have any advice for students planning to become entrepreneurs?

Supriya: If you have enough money and enough talent please become an entrepreneur.

Interviewer: Anything else you would like to add?

Supriya: It is a wonderful place to enjoy two years. There are a lot of memories that you will make and it’s a very enjoyable place where you will come across opportunities and good people you will remember throughout your life.

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