Student Leader Interview - Shiv Bhatia from Dyal Singh College

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1. Tell us more about your role and responsibilities at your college?

I had been actively involved in the placement cell as well as the economics association work since my first year. I was appointed the Vice-President of the placement cell in my second year, and due to some structural changes, continued my tenure in the third year as well. As the vice-president, my main duties, apart from converting companies were to ensure that all the on ground activities as well as team coordination were going on smoothly. Further, after successfully managing the flagship event of the Economics Association as the Curator of Econclave in my second year, I was appointed the President of the department in my final year. In my tenure, we initiated a new society within the department of economics, Round Table: The discussion forum. 

2. How can we encourage more young students such as yourself to take up leadership role?

First and foremost, the motivation to take up such roles is something that has to come from within. One has to be motivated and driven enough to work tirelessly, especially in a place as competitive as the placement cell. As seniors, our job is not only to manage the team, but to lead by example. If we’re able to foster an environment where we not only reward the work, but also how one treats their peers and works with the team, more young students are likely to be motivated to take up such roles.

3. What have been your biggest challenges and learning from what you do?

The biggest challenge I faced was to juggle the role of the vice president and the president in two places simultaneously. While the work was carried on in both the places smoothly, there was often an inner conflict of what to prioritise and when. 
The past two years have not only taught me the importance of multitasking, but also that of always being patient and not stressing out too much. If you’re calm, patient and approach things with an open mind, more often than not, things will eventually fall in place.

4. What are your career goals and how is what you are doing is going to help you with that?

I wish to pursue a career in Public Policy and leadership. While neither the placement cell nor the economics association are directly aligned with this, they’ve taught me various important things like team management, strategic thinking and the ability to work with various kinds of people. I’ve become much more adaptable than I was, say, a couple of years back. 

5. What’s your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

While it is important to live your college life to the fullest, one must realise that these 3 years are likely to shape your future in a major way. Thus, I felt that it was important for my college life to be a holistic experience.  Internships and conferences are the greatest tools to ensure that. While internships give you the much needed hands on experience in what the corporate world is like, conferences provide a great platform to network, which goes a long way. I would like to encourage all the young students to explore as many internships and conferences as they can.

- Shiv Bhatia

Interviewed by- Gurleen Kaur
Student Leader Interview - Shiv Bhatia from Dyal Singh College Student Leader Interview - Shiv Bhatia from Dyal Singh College Reviewed by Gurleen Kaur on June 21, 2020 Rating: 5

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