"At Goa Institute of Management a student not just learns during lectures but he also gains a plethora of experience from working in teams," says Chaitanya Datar, PGDM, GIM (2015-17)
"Goa Institute of Management (GIM) is a B-school where the learning never stops," says former Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Chaitanya Datar, who opted to do a PGDM from GIM for this very reason. A graduate from the Institute of Technology Nirma University, Chaitanya says that he was very clear about doing a Master’s degree but was also unsure about whether to go for an MS or PGDM. Things however got clearer when in his second year there was a course in Economics and Business Management. This, Chaitanya says, "really helped me to decide on a professional management course."
With more than 30 student-driven clubs and a placement committee professionally managed and run by students, a student not just learns during lectures but also gains a plethora of experience from working in teams, taking up responsibilities and applying classroom knowledge in clubs and committees. This, declares Chaitanya, is what makes GIM stand apart from other B-schools. "I’m really going to miss my friends, all the happy and not so happy experiences and the love that the institute gave me," he says. However, what he will remember most is the joy of getting his first job with an excellent company.
Chaitanya has been offered the job of an Analyst in Arcesium, a post trade technology and professional services firm. So, the day-to-day responsibilities that will be assigned to him include P&L validations, mid office transactions, treasury operations, pricing building valuation models and pricing analytics to clients.
Chaitanya’s summer internship was with Fidelity Investments, and he says that the experience was wonderful: "It helped me to improve upon the basics, things which usually go unnoticed like body language, how to construct your answer, how to present those answers and so on. In short, the summer internship contributed immensely to my professional as well as personal development."
The internship with Fidelity Investments was a stepping stone to his final placement with Arcesium. The selection process included an aptitude test followed by a Group Discussion and two interviews - one technical and one concerning HR. Chaitanya says that he was well-prepared as the opportunities he got at GIM, which included the helpful faculty, the way the courses are structured so that students are given a taste of the corporate world environment, contributed to his success. "I was confident during the interview and I knew my basics well. I prepared for the questions. I practised my financial problems, went through presentations, was well-informed about current affairs and tried to keep the answers crisp and to the point," he says.
Two years of academic rigour later and Chaitanya has finally reached his goal. He says that while the academic rigour was like running a marathon where you needed to pace yourself, the placement selection was the part where you needed to sprint across the finish line. "Both are very important and neither of them can exist without the other," he explains.
So, after his experience what advice would he give to his juniors who might be interested in the domain he has chosen? "Stay focussed, be calm, work hard, be well-versed with things going on in global markets and try to analyse those. This will help build your analytical skills. Take full advantage of your summer internship as this is one of the best platforms to work under the best managers. Listen and absorb what they say as it will help you not just in the interview process but throughout life."
Posted on 07th February 2017