Arnav Singhal (name changed), an MBA student at a reputed B-school, was in for a rude shock recently when he failed to land a good job at his final campus placements. Singhal isn’t alone. This year, a tough economy and lower-than-usual hiring numbers hit campuses across the country. As institutes struggled to cope with the new reality, many students had to settle for lesser offers. It’s hardly the end of the world though, say HR experts. Sreeradha D Basu tells you how to handle things in the right spirit and bounce back.
1 Don’t Lose Confidence Students often start doubting themselves if they don’t get placed on campus. “Remind yourself it’s not you, it’s the environment,” advises Madhavi Lall, head, group employee relations, group HR at Standard Chartered Bank.
2 Cast your Net Wide “The first challenge is to get yourself placed,” says IIM Trichy director Prafulla Agnihotri of the students who haven’t got any job offers. “Search the newspapers and the internet; engage reputed placement agencies and enlist the help of your friends and batchmates,” he adds. “Sometimes, students are shortlisted for certain companies but narrowly miss out on making it to the final list. Resend your CVs to those companies. If they have a sudden vacancy, one doesn’t have to go through the entire hiring process,” says Agnihotri.
3 Stay Positive
Students tend to be under a huge deal of pressure because of bad placements; not just from
peers, but from family as well as society in
general. “Don’t wallow in self-pity,” advises IIM
Trichy’s Agnihotri. According to Standard Chartered’s Lall, it’s important to try and stay calm.
“Yoga, meditation will help.”
4 Reach out to Family and Friends Ultimately they can be the greatest support. You can also find people who faced similar situations and learn how they coped. Shireen H, who got a job at a small marketing firm post placements, recently met an IIM graduate who had several years ago, bagged a disappointing role in a financial services firm on campus. He has since gone on to become a partner at a leading consulting firm. “He made me see how it’s not as big a deal as it seems at the point. You can make up for poor placements by working hard and by making the right career choices from then on,” says Shireen.
5 Don’t Give up “In a career of 30-40 years, one may face a situation like this. So one needs to accept it as part of life and be resilient,” says Lall. “Take what job is available. All experience is valuable, so be optimistic,” she says.
Source :The Economics Times.
Date : 21/05/2013