V N Mohan, Associate Director - Centre for Continuous Employability (CCE) at IFIM, Bangalore is a Career Services Specialist with over 23 years of diverse industry exposure in Education Management, Product Sales & Marketing services.
IFIM offers UG and PG courses in business, social sciences and law. In this interview with Career India, he shares insights about placements and the fast moving management courses.
Mohan is also a seasoned HR services marketing professional having significant knowledge & experience in managing strategic corporate relations with the recruiters, organizing campus placements and Internships for UG & PG students, industry integration and branding activities.
What is the most sought after profession now and why?
In the current market, Business Analyst, Data Scientist, ERP Consultants, Marketing, Advertising & Branding, Banking & NBFC's, IT Consultants, Corporate Finance, Audit & Credit Rating consultants. These professions are high in demand and have more employment opportunities. There is consistent growth in these professions and are recognized globally.
What is the career path that is currently doing well in terms of recruitment and openings?
As of now Banking & Financial Services, Business Consulting, FMCG & Data Analytics are leading jobs in terms of recruitment
Can you name some of the active recruiters in the popular study fields?
The top recruiters in this field are Deloitte, Britannia, Nestle, Copal Amba, HDFC Bank, Future Group, Amazon and Oracle
What are the career opportunities for an MBA graduate and which is the best moving sector in business management?
- For an MBA Graduate, career opportunities span across Sales & Marketing, Business Consulting, Banking & Finance, HR and Operations
- The sectors in business management are Banking & NBFC, FMCG, IT & ITeS, Consulting, E-Comm, Logistics & Entrepreneurship.
What are the attributes in a student and college that attract recruiters?
- With regard to the college, attributes may be the curriculum, accreditations, faculty, infrastructure, institute branding industry collaborations and Student exchange programs.
- On the other hand, for students recruiters look at placements, co-curricular activities, facilities, extra- curricular activities, internship & outdoor activities/sports.
Can you give some tips for a great resume?
A fresher's resume must be as simple as possible. Tips for a good resume can be enumerated under:
- Simple Career Objective
- Educational Qualifications
- Project Details
- Extra-Curricular Activities
- Scholarships & Awards
- Skills & languages
- Work Experience if any
What are the common doubts that students have in choosing their career and can you give your answers for them?
Some common frequently asked questions by students on choosing their career path are:
a) What specialization suits them?
Students should write a Statement of Purpose (SOP) to derive their 'I Will' Statements for better career targeting & coaching.
b) Which sector is the best to join?
All sectors have their pros and cons, it depends on student career aspirations and the skill set that they have.
c) How do I get a dream job?
The best way to prepare students to get their desired job is to profile them through career counselling and training.
d) What are the Additional certifications required?
NCFM for NBFC profiles, Aptitude Test and Advance Excel for all profiles.
e) Which industry has more opportunities?
Banking & Finance, FMCG, Consulting, IT & ITeS offer lucrative job opportunities.
f) How do I choose a job profile?
It depends on the specialization and their individual skill set that is needed for a particular profile.
Can you give some tips for students to become industry-ready as pursue do their education? Learning about the job description and profile of the recruiters is important.
- Students can take up Mock GD & PI, assessed by corporate moderators to help take them through the real time interview process. This activity would help students to be more confident and assertive while handling interviews.
- A good CGPA together with the above trainings shall make student industry ready and more employable.
What are the benefits of internship?
During internship, a student shall actually gain the required knowledge and experience to handle a particular project which helps them choose the right career path and profile.
At IFIM, we would like our recruiters to enrol for our Industry Internship Program (IIP). The recruiters shall have the advantage of on boarding the selected students from January every year as interns in their company for a period of four and half months and after which students could be absorbed immediately as full time employees after the completion of this term from May onwards based on their performance.
While choosing a career, what are the factors that need to be considered?
- The factors that need to considered are:
- Statement of Purpose (SOP) on career targeting & aspirations.
- Individual skill set
- Career Objective
- To understand the difference between Job & a Career
Can you list the importance of soft skills for placement and is it necessary for all students to undergo a training or workshop for the same?
Soft skills training are absolute necessary for every student to learn and practice while handling placements. It is necessary for all the students to undergo training on soft skill development through workshops and personal interaction with corporates.
Can you tell about the scope of a career as a career consultant?
There is tremendous potential to grow as a career consultant. A career consultant gains a considerable amount of knowledge & experience while counselling career related solutions to students.
Both students and parents consider reaching out to career consultants to seek guidance on choosing various professional programs which helps them land a good job.
Career consultants are well-versed with currents trends in corporate hiring and know the ever changing dynamics of corporate world. These career consultants are in demand in the education Industry and most of them are successful entrepreneurs who have their own consulting companies.
A career consultant is a skilled trainer who can coach & guide students on various career options and can also suggest suitable profiles and industries that suit student skill set and aspiration.