Joshita Tandon, a native of Lucknow and an alumnus of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow shares how her exploration across the Human Resource field has defined her experience as a student.
Joshita, a 2006-2008 batch graduate is Human Resources major, minoring in Management Studies. But her favorite class was that of her specialization – an interactive class that gave her insight into what it means to be successful by being empathetic, emotionally intelligent, and focused on your goals. She believes that these are certain skills that nobody teaches you, but they’re instilled only when you seek guidance from your professors, interact with seniors, and experience it first-hand.
“Recalling my first semester in Jaipuria Institute of Management, it wasn’t an extraordinary start. I stepped in as a student, but as I sailed through the course, I passed out as a professional. With a shallow understanding level towards Human Resource as a subject, I had to constantly seek guidance from my professors, fellow students, and senior batch-mates – just to ensure that I’m at the right place. Hard-work, perseverance, and self-confidence gradually became the driving force for me,” comments Joshita.
Lucky amongst the rest, Joshita was hired at SRF Limited through the campus placement. Since then, there’s not been a day when she wouldn’t credit Jaipuria Institute of Management and her faculty members for grooming and preparing her for the workplace environment. As a piece of advice, Joshita shares, “There are going to ups and downs through this journey of getting into a premier institute and graduating as a thorough industry-fit individual. But, do not lose hopes and never give up. The secret to clearing any interview is to be original, do not second-guess yourself, your opinions, or your perspectives. While the job market is tight, do not get lured by attractive offers. Stick to your specialization and grow in the same stream. The right organization will find you a the right time.”
Currently hustling between three different job roles – Managing HR functions for two offices and working as an HR Analytics consultant, she firmly believes on accepting the rough edges that come across the way with utmost grace, and refining the same for better career growth. Walking down the memory lane, as one of the most remarkable memories that she recollects is the day of her Convocation. To this, she adds, “Not only has the college been a huge contributor in my life, but also the faculty members who have constantly provided their valuable advice, opportunities, and support. For the kindness I have received, I only wish to carry forward the legacy and make a difference in people’s lives.”
She firmly believes that a PGDM program is like a lifetime learning experience, no regrets, only learning. “If you are lucky to get through a college of your dreams for pursuing masters, I recommend you to take it up without any fear. Bear in mind, unless you expose yourself to a new environment, you’ll have nothing to learn, and no opportunity to grab. In my case, learning HR functions was a whole new challenge, but it is also a subject that has matured me with time. So, don’t quit half way. Success will automatically follow,” comments Joshita.