“The process of learning at SRMS IBS has always been a two-way street. You can actually see your faculty members evolve their teaching strategies to keep up with the needs of the classroom. It has been an upward learning curve from day 1 to my internships. I am excited about what lies ahead,” says Ritka Srivastava, PGDM Batch 2016–18. Having recently completed her internship with ICICI Securities, Kanpur, here she takes stock of her growth as a professional studying in the B-School.
What makes you believe that the learning process at SRMS IBS is unique and innovative?
I think our college believes in innovation and I have experienced it from day 1. I think GDCC is part of that innovation. GDCC, GDPI, or boot camp offer immersive learning experience that help us gain knowledge, improve personality, and develop overall communication skills.
Can you tell us about some of the initiatives that help you prepare for your internship?
I think preparation began from the very first trimester, as we were introduced to grilling classes. We were also participating in GDPI sessions with our seniors, which gave us the confidence to express ourselves and present our thoughts confidently. We took that confidence and abilities into our internships to perform efficiently.
What was your internship project and what did your responsibilities involve?
The theme of my project, “Mutual Fund Simplified”, was rooted in core Marketing. My basic task was to make customers aware of the mutual fund offers and I had to do it from office and on the field. I would say I was working as not just an intern but a member of staff, who had to bring business to the branch.
What were the biggest challenges faced and what did you learn from them?
Convincing people that we are with ICICI Securities and not frauds was a task in itself. Once you got through that stage you had to convince them to give you their time. Some of them would have their minds already made up; convincing them was harder. It has taught me to be humble and polite and to keep working on the task at hand.
How do you think the experience and qualities will help you professionally?
First, I have firsthand experience of working in Sales with a renowned organization. I think it has given me a chance to try out different strategies in real life. I will definitely take this experience with me when I go for placement interviews and later in my professional life. I look at it as a springboard into the corporate world.