Team Head at Amazon. A significant CTC. The amazing Amazon to begin with!

Starting at a CTC that any young graduate would be envious of, Mishita Singhal of Class 2019 of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur is embarking on her journey with Amazon as a Team Manager from May, 2019.

The selection round with Amazon was “quite hectic”, as Mishita describes. And why would it not be! After all, Mishita was applying for the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud-computing platform in the world- Amazon. “There were around 200 people who sat for the process and there were GDs, personal interviews, panel interviews back to back, but then I was free before lunch,” explains Mishita. And the same day she had another interview lined up on campus with Careers 360.

This cheerful Ajmer girl has always been career focused but she had opted for a PGDM in order to specifically learn three things- business strategies, good management and the art of networking. “I was never very confident about my capabilities and I strongly think, my PGDM made me confident about who I am and more aware of my potential. My peers believed in me immensely and my faculty stood as rocks beside me. There was no way that the prayers of so many people could go in vain,” says Mishita while explaining the role of a PDGM program and a premier B-school.

Mishita was asked innumerable questions throughout the selection process but the panelists took major interest in her summer internship. She had interned with ITC Rajputana in 2018, while pursuing her PGDM and her internship primarily revolved around figuring out- “Employee Engagement Activities Impacting Employee Effectiveness and its Direct Relationship to Cost.” However, the trickiest question of the lot was- “why should we hire you when you can easily join your family business and earn way more than what we are offering you?” Clearly, Mishita had some thinking to do!

Her work at Amazon would test her in People Management and her number crunching abilities. “I have specialized in HR and Marketing and think my work is in absolute sync with what I studied and what I majored in,” mentions Mishita happily while talking about the way Jaipuria, Jaipur has prepared her to face the modern-day corporate humdinger.

Making it to Deloitte- how did the B,Tech. + PGDM with dual specialisation combination act as the perfect fit?

Kushagra Saxena was the first person called inside the interview room when interviewers from Deloitte had arrived on the Jaipuria Institute of Management’s Jaipur campus. He sailed through the Technical Round and was made to wait for 6 long hours till his turn came for the second interview round. Every bit of his body was hurting from fatigue and immense anxiety but he knew, his patience will take him to the organization he has been preparing for, since so many years of his academic life.

This Jaipur boy had once read the American Charismatic- Joyce Meyer’s quote that stressed- “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting,” and that day, during the interview, he just could not shrug Joyce Meyer from his mind. He felt his interviewers are observing him and he needs to keep his calm and poise, no matter the circumstances. And Kushagra waited patiently.

Finally, his name got announced and he was the second last person to enter the interview room. “Even though I expected they might be exhausted by then, but it was completely on the contrary. My interviewers had multiple questions coming my way but the trickiest of them was- ‘What do you think makes you fit for the position of Associate Solution Advisor because you had also chosen marketing as one of your specializations?’ I knew this particular answer would decide the outcome of this interview and will make or break my dream.“

Kushagra had picked his specialisations very carefully. He opted for IT as one of the area and Operations & Marketing as another. And he used his foresight to even do a very strategic internship with Mahindra Special Services Group (SSG), New Delhi. Mahindra SSG is a corporate security risk consulting firm that helps organizations reduce risks and enhance competitive advantages and our boy from Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur completed his summer internship project on- “Analysis of Risks and Risk Consulting Firms of India”. While Deloitte came in search of its Associate Solution Advisor – Financial and Risk Advisory, Kushagra’s summer internship experience seemed like an obvious fit to the position on offer. But what did Kushagra exactly answer to make his specialization in Marketing seem like an instant hit to the Deloitte interviewers? He said in simple words- “Knowledge in Marketing is a value add for all profiles, across all organizations. Plus, my internship being highly relevant to the job on offer and my specialization bringing the Midas touch, I believe I am fitter for this job than any other applicant present here today.”

On 5th September, (yes, Teachers Day!) the results were finally announced. A lot of students had sat for the process and 35 were selected for the first interview round. The numbers went on decreasing one round after the other and till the ultimate round- Kushagra survived. “Deloitte is almost every Management students’ dream company. When I had first joined Jaipuria, I did not know my PGDM would help me to reach this far. And the good part is, I will be utilizing both my qualifications- B.Tech. and PGDM at this profile offered by Deloitte.”

Kushagra’s profile will demand him to have sound knowledge of different computer languages alongside various Management skills to execute his daily tasks around identifying and evaluating complex business risks, testing and analysing emerging IT areas and much more!

“But having all said and done, I will miss my B-school for billion reasons. The fest, the conclaves, my responsibilities as the SPOC of MRC, pulling all-nighters to complete assignments, the Singapore trip, bunking class for Nahargarh fort, the silly conversations with friends, being awed by teachers and lecturers, Jaipuria, Jaipur has been everything for the last 2 years of my life,” says Kushagra nostalgically. The boy is now all set to become the new Associate Solution Advisor – Financial and Risk Advisory of Deloitte- the largest professional services network of the world.