Student Leader Interview - Divij Kishore Jain from The College of Vocational Studies

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Divij Kishore Jain is a third-year Economics student at the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University. He has been the Vice President of Arpeggio, the music society of CVS and is currently the President of the Finance and Investment Cell of CVS. He has also interned at reputed companies like IDFC Asset Management Company and Safexpress Pvt. Ltd.

Divij has always tried to multi-task, and currently holds a grade 8 certification from Trinity College, London in Rock and Pop vocals. Further, as he plans to do an MBA post-college, he aced the CAT 2019 by scoring a 99+ percentile and hopes to study at one of the top B-schools of the country.

1) Tell us more about your role & responsibilities at your college.
I'm currently a proud member and President of the Finance and Investment Cell, College of Vocational Studies. As it's been famously said, with great power comes great responsibility. In lieu of that, my role, alongside a highly qualified admin is partly to organise and facilitate day to day operations of the society, bring in new functions to further enhance the efficiency and reach of FIC as well as strive for better opportunities for all members.

Furthermore, I believe my prime responsibility is, and will always be, to ensure that every member realizes and lives up to their true potential and that FIC, CVS leaves no stone unturned in providing a stage to such novel talents within the society. With ventures like the Student Investment Fund, Research and Projects Wing and various other departments, I aim to fulfil such objectives.

2) What's it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

Even though managing my studies as a third-year student of Economics, a vocalist at Arpeggio, the music society and as the President at FIC, CVS seemed like an uphill battle, it slowly became something I got accustomed to. It'll be foolish to deny that one could have the best of all worlds; it's necessary to sacrifice a few things in order to take on more roles and responsibilities.

However, with good prioritization skills and time-management, I believe 24 hours in a day is more than sufficient. A huge factor which has helped me is the fact that I'm surrounded by smart and determined individuals who don't shy away from taking on any task. Hence, a sense of harmony amongst my team members always leaves me with time to try out new things within the society as well.

3) Do you enjoy the kind of influence you hold at such a young age?

It's both exhilarating yet daunting at the same time. The exhilaration comes from the fact that I can implement my vision through a well -established society. Further, it's a great feeling when I'm able to nudge my society members in the right direction and possibly make a positive impact on their lives.

On the contrary, it's daunting because of the onus of responsibility that is on me. Taking it on as a challenge is something I try to do; however, I cannot deny the fact that it can get overwhelming at times when you've got a team of smart individuals who look up to you.

Regardless, I'm grateful for the influence I currently hold, and I hope to make sure that I'm constantly able to utilise it in a productive manner.

4) Do you have a message for parents to allow their kids to do things besides academics?

I believe that if parents could let their children discover themselves through co-curricular, they will definitely notice that such activities positively impact their children’s' lives. Excellence in academics is certainly important, and should not be side-lined in any sense, but in today's day and age of rapid information exchange, developing soft skills like multi-tasking, good communication skills, practical application of theoretical concepts and more, is imperative. Thus, a lack of co-curricular might just lead to a child lagging behind in today's brutally competitive environment.

5) What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?

The Finance and Investment Cell has always been one of the premier societies in the circuit, and the fact that, along with my team, we've been able to reinvent our core functions without losing the essence of what made the society what it is today, is something I'm proud of. As society completes a decade since its inception, it's exciting to see that we're only getting better.

Also, I've tried to cultivate this habit of constant improvement amongst society members. It'll definitely be a moment of great pride for me to see FICians of today, be world leaders of tomorrow.

6) What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

As I stated above, in today's world, excellence in academics needs to be accompanied by practical applications of the concepts learned. This can only be gained through hands-on experiences, such as internships. If people think of internships as a playground where they can implement all they've learnt, it'll not only be a great learning experience but a fun one too. The same goes for conferences, where you not only learn from the experiences of established individuals but also interact with peers of a similar mindset but vastly different background. Such opportunities enhance not only your CV but also your knowledge and experience.
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