Student Leader Interview – Vikas Aggarwal from UBS Chandigarh

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1. Tell us more about your role & responsibilities at your college.

Currently, I am the coordinator of Invictus, the business cell of university business school, Panjab University, Chandigarh. My work at business cell involves organising various types of events to engage the student community and enhance peer to peer learning at the campus. Through the year we organise several events like quizzes, debate, impromptu, seminars, webinars, discussions, management conclave, etc.

Along with this, I am also one of the class representatives of MBA class at UBS. Here my work involves and revolves around as a communication bridge between faculties and students. Moreover, it also involves looking into academic problems or issues faced by the students and conveying them to concerned authorities and thus coming up with a constructive solution for the same.

2. How did you rise to your position, and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it?

All those who want to become a member of a business cell at UBS have to go through a personal interview which is generally held in August. I also went through the same to become a member. Continuous hard work, determination, and dedication have always been my key to success to rise at the top positions. We, as a business cell team use to make sure there is plenty number of events lined up in the session to make the campus life more engaging.

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

Someone who is in a leadership position has to juggle between duties which he/she need to do as a leader and simultaneously has to make sure that the academics are also inline and running smoothly. I usually wake up at 3:30 AM and plan my entire day and priority activities which need to be completed. Proper time management is very much important not only for a leader but also for a person who is not into position.

I used to have similar experiences during my undergraduate days at LNMIIT Jaipur. Trust me what you learn in your college days will be your lifetime experience.

4. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?

Needless to say, there are certain challenges that every leader has to face but facing these challenges makes you more robust and adaptable to future challenges. At a times your professional duties collide with your duties and in that case your need to have a perfect blend of both of them. A student leader must make sure that proper coordination and synergy is built among other club and societies of the college. He/ She needs to take everyone together at every point in time.

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

In my current role as one of the coordinators at a business cell at UBS Chandigarh, I am mostly involved in coming up with the future set of events to be organised by the cell. I, along with my other coordinators, make the action plan and strategy for the execution of the activities.

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

At UBS Chandigarh, I am pursuing MBA in marketing majors and finance minors. Ten years down the line, I am looking for a managerial position in renowned FMCG companies like HUL, RB, P&G, J&J, etc. I do believe that being in a leadership position in your college life prepares you and teaches you many management mantras. There is no denying the fact that being a student coordinator of business cell and MBA class representative has taught me many life lessons.

7. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

Let us first talk about internships. There is no denying the fact that internships play a very crucial and pivotal role for any MBA student. It gives you a live experience to learn and implement all the theoretical aspects which you have learned so far. In my view, an MBA is incomplete without internships. Having an internship gives you experience in the career field you want to pursue. It also gives you an extra edge over other students. During the unprecedented times of COVID -19 when colleges are closed down, I would request students to do internships, online courses, and live projects.

Interview by - Sonam
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