Having been offered a job with Citi Bank, Karthik Pillai can look back at his placement journey with a sense of accomplishment.
“I needed to add more value to my B.Tech. degree,” says Karthik Pillai, who thought of pursuing a PGDM because he had to be equipped with more than just technical knowledge. The institutes that came to mind were many, but what he had read and heard about The Goa Institute of Management (GIM), tipped the scales in favour of the institute. “Moreover,” he says, “my brother’s friend was pursuing his PGDM there, so it was my brother who recommended the Institute to me. And with God’s grace I was able to get in.”
The two-year journey was an enriching one and he was exposed to a new learning experience that made him more disciplined. The different aspects of problem-solving and the recruitment process also helped him built his strengths and self-confidence. “It was a roller-coaster ride,” he admits, “managing both academics and placement recruitments. However, it was a ride I will never forget.”
Pillai’s summer internship program with HDFC Bank was the stepping stone into a career with the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector. “During this time, I won’t forget the help I received from my Research Methods Professor, Divya Singhal, whose inputs I used for my research design,” he says. The internship taught him a great deal about the way banks function, a take-away he says he used effectively during his placement interviews. “I tried to drive my interviews in this direction so that I was asked more questions regarding my internship, which I was able to answer satisfactorily,” he explains.
Today, having been offered the role of CitiGold Relationship Manager at Citi Bank, Pillai can look back at his placement journey with a sense of accomplishment. “The selection process mainly consisted of extempore, group discussions and two rounds of rigorous interviews,” he recalls. “I was asked if what I had learned at GIM would help me in my role with Citi Bank. Being part of the Student Advisory Council, my major tasks in campus were about managing relations with everyone – the management as well as the students. This scored me a few brownie points in the interview,” he recollects.
Proud of his achievement, this young man credits GIM for all the lessons he learned – lessons that have placed him firmly on the road to a successful career. “I learned so much from my colleagues as well, and from the assignments and projects that taught us lessons in group dynamics and leadership,” he says.
As he moves on to his new role – reviewing customer needs and advising them on the best forms of investment; organising events to enhance customer bonding, and much more – Pillai says that he will miss being part of the student-driven community at GIM. “I was able to learn a lot from my peers who had varied experiences in the BFSI and IT sector,” he tells us. “GIM leaves no stone unturned in providing opportunities for students to learn. And, of course, the campus and its infrastructure is state-of-the-art; and, its breathtaking backdrop against the Sahayadris is second to none, providing the ideal environment for learning.”
And his advice to those he leaves behind? “Work hard and learn from the basics. If it’s a new field you are entering, rest assured you will have your colleagues to help you. For those pursuing a career in the BFSI sector, a regular reading of newspapers and business magazines are essential.”
Posted on 03rd March 2016