Skill Development

The extent of success of management graduates will be determined largely by the skills that they acquire even before entering the corporate world. These skills go beyond the contents of the subjects acquired in the classrooms. Students need to possess skills which will make them productively and gainfully employable. They should develop broad understanding of business, strategic problem solving abilities, critically thinking capabilities, extensively networking skills, capacity of handling stressful situations, analytically evaluating skills and leadership qualities. We conduct sessions especially on the following areas for skill development of our students.

Personal grooming refers to the way in which people take care of their body and appearance. A person's personal grooming routine may determine how he or she feels personally and how other people perceive him or her. Good personal grooming demonstrates self-esteem and confidence. These are highly desirable qualities in employees. We instill in our students a greater awareness of the elements of personal grooming by conducting workshops that help them to increase their dignity and confidence. By giving attention to personal grooming, our students are significantly able to create good impact in any formal, professional and social situations.

There may be students who may not feel confident of performing properly in the recruitment process due to improper communication skills. Good communication skills are essential for developing expressive abilities so that the students can freely convey their feelings, thoughts and answers and make the requisite impact in the mind of listeners. To develop expressive or communicative abilities, students need to learn listening skills also to give undivided attention to a person with whom the conversation takes place. Additional training is imparted especially to the weaker students to improve both written and oral communication skills.

Technical and job-related skills are essential to perform specific tasks but will not be sufficient at the time of recruitment and for progressing in career. It’s necessary to have soft skills which refer to those personal attributes that indicate a high level of emotional intelligence and are broadly applicable across jobs and industries. It’s necessary to become proactive and communicate ideas properly and convincingly. Students are given training on soft skills such as interpersonal skills, team spirit, business etiquette, and behavioural qualities such as attitude, motivation and time management. The training enables students to present themselves better.

We believe in nurturing and grooming students rather than just teaching subjects to them. Except in the case of students who have sufficient previous work experience, others who join the course after graduation are generally not specific about their goal. We conduct guidance sessions by experienced industry professionals to enable the students to select suitable specialisation and career. The faculty mentors evaluate the talent of each student individually and guidance is given appropriately. Students are made aware of various job profiles available under each specialisation which help them to prepare as per their preferences.

It’s highly important to have a good resume for initially getting the candidate shortlisted for the subsequent stages of recruitment. The resume outlines the skills and experiences from which an employer can visualise how the candidate can contribute to the employer's workplace. The most effective resumes are clearly focused on specific job titles and address the employer's stated requirements for the position. We provide practice sessions to our students to build and write professional resumes that contains the right information so as to stand out amongst the countless other resumes by giving the best possible chances of their selection for interviews.

The use of aptitude test to screen potential job applicants has long been a standard practice across different sectors. They have become an integral part of the overall recruitment process to shortlist appropriate candidates easily. The training sessions conducted by the experienced experts hone the existing skills of our students and teach the techniques and tips that will help them ace such aptitude tests. Practice aptitude tests are conducted to help the students in their preparation while developing in them the much required skills such as reasoning ability, critical thinking ability, numerical skills and communication skills. Mock aptitude tests are also conducted.

Psychometric tests include a blend of aptitude and personality tests which measure job-relevant cognitive abilities and personality of candidates. It’s used to filter candidates in the recruitment process and performance appraisal. We guide our students to appear for psychometric tests for enhancing their skills, knowledge and attributes. It gives an idea of the mental abilities of the students including their Intelligence Quotient and Emotional Quotient along with the shortcomings. Awareness of these attributes helps in framing development plan for each student. It also helps in providing a glimpse of the practice of psychometric testing in the corporate world.

The method of Group Discussion for recruitment is designed to test the student’s ability to act as a leader and a team player. The other qualities exhibited in such exercises are clarity of thought process, capacity to think differently and ability to lend direction to the discussion. The students are prepared by providing guidelines on the components of participating in group discussion. Mock sessions are also conducted to ensure that students gain confidence and overcome their misgivings. These sessions are followed by individual and group feedback sessions which help our students to sharpen their skills and polish their performance.

We make serious efforts to significantly improve the skills of our students for successfully facing personal interviews and increasing the chances of securing their ideal jobs. Students are guided about interview techniques and the do’s and don’ts of interview. They are taught how to groom for the interview, build rapport with the interviewer and answer questions appropriately. Mock interviews are conducted to tackle interviews confidently. Feedback sessions after the mock interviews enable them to improve for subsequent interviews. Each student is monitored by the Career Management Centre and faculty team to ensure adequate progress.

Negotiation skills are essential for creating values for individuals and organisations. Training on negotiation skills is provided to the students for possessing this ability whether for gathering resources for a project, deciding salary of anyone or while entering into a deal for the company. The training focuses also on providing insights on habits and mannerisms of successful dealmakers, thereby providing a benchmark for self improvement. A series of group exercises like role plays and mock sales sessions provide students with opportunities for applying the tactics taught in classes and evolve themselves as successful as well as ethical negotiators.

It’s essential to have civilised manners to get good jobs and business and for moving ahead professionally. Business etiquette refers to the requirements and expectations of social and business behaviour, practices and conduct that are prescribed by social convention, and a code of ethical behaviour among professionals. Our soft skills training programme consists of a wide range of vital skills and include familiarisation with business etiquette. It focuses on business etiquette of the corporate sector on aspects such as telephone, email, dress, handshake, business card and cubicle. It covers communication skills and presentation skills also.

In the present integrated and changing business environment where every economy gets affected with the developments in various economies across the world, knowledge through already published books only will not suffice the requirements of our students to get expected rewarding employment. Hence, we organise discussions on current corporate happenings, conduct sessions on business news analysis and send global business news update to students through email. It enables students to evaluate business decisions and helps them to perform well in the recruitment process with updated theoretical and practical business knowledge

With globalisation, there is a growing demand for business school graduates who are proficient in the language of foreign countries with business opportunities. Being conversant in a foreign language helps to grow trust among contacts, clients and foreign associates and thereby build networks which are the basis of business opportunities in the corporate world. Learning a foreign language will be helpful to expand the awareness of the world and can be very useful to explore business opportunities in other countries. With this objective, PGDM students are given the facility of learning a foreign language which is taught by a corporate trainer.

There is an increasing need to know the applications of Advanced MS Excel across industries in the corporate sector. Training on Advanced MS Excel is conducted in the first year itself to ensure that the students are familiar with its applications before summer internship. The students are trained on the usage of formulae and other tools such as VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and pivot tables, and also on the practical application in preparing MIS reports and analysing raw data. The training is customised as per specialisations. Marketing students are trained for preparing Sales MIS and STP analysis, whereas finance students are trained for analysis of financial statements.

Technical analysis refers to the study of chart patterns and statistical figures to understand market trends and select stocks accordingly whereas fundamental analysis involves analysing the financial statements of the concerned company. Technical Analysis is taught with an aim to develop skills for trading in the stock market. This method is imparted to the students through the Mock Stock Room where real time analysis of stocks is done by deciphering charts and patterns and by using market indicators and theories of technical analysis. Projects and presentations also enhance the exposure of our students to live stock market trading.

Mock Stock Room is a mini ‘Dealing Room’ wherein all the analysis, debates, discussions, reviews and opinions of experts are practically applied further by our Finance specialisation students. The facilities provided to each student is complete in many ways. The live screen which displays the news and information makes the mind briskly think and analyse as to which alternative is the best option. Virtual Trading, Profit Booking, Portfolio Build-up, Churning of Portfolio, Security Analysis and Disinvestment Strategies are discussed by the faculty members who help the students to understand the reality of the usual operations of the capital markets.

It’s required to have knowledge about the company and practical training regarding its operations before going to work in the corporate sector. Certification programme titled Certificate in Alternative Investment Industry is conducted by SS&C GlobeOp Financial Services India Pvt. Ltd. for the students of finance specialisation studying in the third semester of MMS and PGDM. Training is given on various areas like Fund Accounting, Operations, OTC Derivatives and Valuations. Broad training is given on matters relating to the job responsibilities with respect to different job profiles. Students gain valuable knowledge and practical experience on a number of topics.

Statistical data relating to many variables is one of the most valued resources in today’s world. Any person who can analyse, interpret and make decisions based on the available data will prove to be an asset for any organisation in any line of business. Keeping in mind the current demand for analytics professionals, practical training is given to the students on Data Analysis and Interpretation. The training is conducted in continuation with the MS Excel training provided in the first year. The training focuses on developing students’ ability to find trends and patterns in the given scenario and utilise them to make effective and appropriate business decisions.

A Database Management System (DBMS) stores, organises and manages a large amount of information within a single software application. It generally organises the data itself, the data format, field names, record structure and file structure. Having information in a database instead of on paper or in spreadsheets saves time, preserves vital information and allows to see patterns in operations that are visible in no other way. Sessions are held to help students understand the significance of data and have hands-on experience in organising volumes of data systematically. The students learn how data can be retrieved, updated or deleted in the database.

Microsoft Visio is used to create flowcharts, network diagrams, organisation charts, location charts, templates, designs and versatile diagrams that simplify complex information. Visual illustrations by Visio bring the subject matter to life for educators and students which enable better comprehension and accelerated learning. Workshops are conducted on how to use Visio to define processes, create flowcharts and draw diagrams in the way one perceives. It can be used extensively in presenting research work and projects. It makes the diagrams appealing and professional with modern shapes and visuals, a rich gallery of themes and live preview.