Responsible Management Education

Placement week at IILM Institute for Business and Management

There is huge demand for quality manpower as it is extremely important for companies to remain ahead in competition and sustain in business. The technical proficiency associated with management is taken care through subject related class room training. However there is a gap between what the company expects and what the students as employee can offer. Therefore it is important for students to become industry-ready even before they complete the course. 
Placement week was conducted between 9 February 2015 and 13 February 2015 at Gurgaon campus aiming to prepare the students of 1st year- PGDM both for Summer Internship and from campus placements point of view.
The week started of with an inspiring talk by Mr. Preet Kamal Sodhi from Banking industry who shared his experience on how to be confident and focused in achieving the goal. 
Through the Sneak Peak series some of our Alumni from various industry segments shared their experiences on Summer Internship which helped students understand the journey from Internship to final placement and gave them an insight on choosing the right Summer Internship. 
TEDx videos on “interview skills” and “how to conduct yourself in a confident manner” were shown to students followed by role play on personal interviews.
Students had profiling session to make them realise their passion in life and the area in which they want to pursue the internship.
The most common form of evaluating candidate is screening of resumes. Hence it is important to have quality resume. Considering the above reasons, a single page standard resume format with IILM logo was shared with the students. The students prepared their resume in the standard format which was later reviewed and signed off by respective mentors.
Connecting with other professionals will help students gain more knowledge and build professional network. LinkedIn seems to be the world’s largest professional network. Hence the students were taught how to promote themselves professionally by giving few tips like having a professional profile image, completing the profile and on how to establish the connections in LinkedIn.
Working in teams is part of the corporate culture. Team having proper communication, good listening and trust amongst other aspects will be successful in accomplishing the task. The students therefore had team building activities which was fun learning experience. 
The placement week was a good learning experience and the students are being more coherent now in choosing the functional area for summer internship and getting placed as interns. 

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