Love for automobiles- Zaid talks about his PGDM that helped him gain the extra mileage out of his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering

Zaid of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida grew up in Patna, fascinated by cars and automobiles. He spent a lot of time watching car advertisements on television and asking questions around engines, axles, transmissions, etc.  His heart craved for knowing more about them and he started taking keen interest in pursuing his higher studies in Mechanical Engineering. As soon as he completed his Bachelors in Technology (B.Tech.), he was hired by Spaco Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. Spco is known for manufacturing over 2.5 million Carburettors annually for various two & three wheelers, as well as for stationary engines in India. Zaid was working as the Production Supervisor at this 40 years old company but his dreams would not let him settle.

As an engineer, and an ardent lover of automobiles, Zaid Nasar wanted more. He applied to Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida in the year 2017 and was selected by the B-school. Even though Zaid had the know-hows of technology very clear in his head, he had some other concepts to clarify. For two years, he dipped himself in various domains of Management including- Accounting, Financial Management and Human Resources. “You see, I am an engineer essentially therefore I had to walk the extra miles to up my game in my PGDM classroom, and with 2 years of PGDM training supporting me now, I think I have developed my knowledge in the areas that I could not have otherwise,” says Zaid who is now the new Territory Sales Manager of TVS.

Zaid has been offered a CTC of 7.3 lakhs to begin with and he remembers the exact moment when the Placement Cell sent him the email announcing his selection by India’s third largest motorcycle company. “I felt extremely empowered and accomplished. It is one thing to get a job, but quite another to get one in your very field of interest. I will be using both my knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and Management at my new job and try bring the best to the desk,” mentions Zaid emphatically.

Now that this ambitious, handsome young man is all set to embark on his journey as TVS’s new TSM, who does he want to convey his sincere gratitude? And Zaid had his answer ready- “Dr. Shalini Shrivastava actually! Her domain knowledge and attitude to work have always inspired me. Being my mentor for last 2 years, she kept no stone unturned to ensure I make the most out of my PGDM experience.”

Living the Dream from the Other Side of the Coin and Sharing the Journey with Colgate-Palmolive – Not as a Customer, but an Employee

A post-graduate student from Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida talks about his journey towards achieving his goals and successfully securing a job with Colgate Palmolive

Sometimes you need to find your career, and sometimes, your career finds you. Born in the interiors of Uttar Pradesh, Neeraj Tripathi grew up aspiring to become a Management post-graduate. Similar to a lot of other professionals in the sector, his passion for specializing in Marketing came not from great future prospects, but from an intense desire to learn and practice the art of selling without actually selling.

Neeraj’s first step towards getting into Marketing for a brand like Colgate Palmolive began with scouting for opportunities internally. Luckily, that worked for him. That was the time when he realized the potential of chasing for the finest job, and for that he decided to reskill himself to suit into the industry parameters. Today a proud employee of his dream-like workplace, he recalls the placement interview phase, “there was immense competition for this profile, since we were 60 of us who applied for it. The first question was tricky, and it baffled me instantly. I was asked – if a distributor does not assign work to you during your training period, what will you chose to do in that period? Today, I’m glad for the answer I gave during that time,” said Neeraj.

The thing he most appreciates is the encouragement and guidance he got from his professors at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida. Through all the reading between the lines and dedicatedly working towards achieving the set goals, he ultimately learned that the only person holding him back from doing so was himself. He adds, “What set me apart from the crowd was my willingness to learn, unlearn, re-learn and maintaining self-confidence. Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida helped me prepare for the job marketplace, tremendously. The MBA program was perhaps the gateway to my future.”

Three months away from contributing towards a new stint as a Customer Development Officer, Neeraj happily owes the credit to his internship experience at Amul and Mr. Karni Singh Jhala from Viacom 18 who truly inspired him. As a piece of advice, Neeraj adds, “While it’s easy to give excuses and difficult to maintain consistency, do not give up without even trying to know what’s in there. Everybody around us is always helpful – in my case, my professors, my fellow-students, friends, and undoubtedly, my family. You can be your own mentor, but that does not mean you shouldn’t pay heed to what others suggest”

Life holds a special place for those who dare to dream beyond their capacity. Neeraj aspired to build a career with nothing but the best, and that’s what he manifested. He recalls and says, “I remember travelling back to Noida from hometown and that’s when I got a call from Colgate. While I did secretly hope for good news, I didn’t see my dream coming true so quickly. The first call I made was to my parents, and I’ll never forget that day.”