Student Leader Interview - Hardik Aggarwal from Deen Dayal Upadhyay College

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

My primary role is to maintain personal relations and collaborations with other societies in Delhi University. This role involves building strategies and formulating reasonable negotiable terms to back up successful collaborations. 

Also, one of the biggest asset of me being in the organisation is that I am able to provide with innovative ideas which are able to attract a large crowd. 
My role is not limited to being the Joint Secretary of the society, but extends to provide and share knowledge and skills that can be helpful to enhance my peers and juniors in the corporate world. 

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

Encouragement is something that comes from within ourselves. We need to show a great deal of determination in our thinking and most importantly in our actions. Because actions speak louder than words...I am sure everyone comes across such lines once in a while...but to actually act upon it, makes a DIFFERENCE. 

If I talk specifically about "College Societies", the best way is to Lead an Event. This provides a lot of exposure to a formal environment and enables us to check our management skills. During an event you everything has to happen instantaneously. Due to this, you can come to know about some of your abilities that you never knew of like, quick decision making, management skills and interpersonal skills. 

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

My biggest challenge being a council member and an entrepreneur was Communication Skills and Stage fear. I used to lack in communicating with other people which also sometimes resisted me from keeping my point. To overcome these challenges, I tried my level best. I took online sessions and I even took the stage at my college's freshers and gave a completely unprepared performance. Didn't go that well though xD. 

Experiences like these helped me a lot to overcome my biggest obstacles and encourage me to work on my skills everyday.

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

I am currently pursuing a course of CMA ( Cost and Management Accountant). But I think just bookish knowledge is not enough to become a good manager, it requires a lot more than that. I started as an Event Head, heading a team of 8 members and today I am leading more than 50 people which has  enabled me to polish and enhance my managerial skills to a great extent. To have proper knowledge is important, but to have an experience in that feild at early stages in my career acts as an icing on the cake. 

Also, it helps me boost my CV (obviously)

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

Internships and Conferences are things which can actually make a big difference in your ways of thinking and provides direction to your thoughts. Today, many startups are emerging and are providing internship opportunities to freshers. This can be a great opportunity. This is because when you work for an established organisation, your primary reason to take the internship is to boost your CV. 

But that is not the case here. In startups, you are not limited to the work that is given by your immediate heads, instead, you get to put forward your ideas and you are given a chance to actually PLAN how the organisation will work. The biggest perk of an internship in your mind shall never be the Certificate of Internship or the stipend that you get. Rather, it should be the experience it provides you with.

- Hardik Aggarwal

Interviewed by- Gurleen Kaur

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