Student Leader Interview - Manoj Kumar Bhobhariya from UBS Chandigarh

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

I had the opportunity to be the placement coordinator for my batch and as the name suggests I along with my team were at the centre of all placement related activities. The team was a representation of a decentralized organization with each member playing its critical role in planning and executing things.

Our responsibilities included reaching out to organizations, conducting guest lectures/conclave, alumni engagement, managing student/company database, and many more. The overall experience was highly thrilling and involved the first-hand experience at crisis management and people management.

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

Before this one, I never had any such opportunity in my entire life. I was a part of the placement cell and with support and encouragement from the teammates, I decided to take up the responsibility. Facing unprecedented challenges I was stepping out of my comfort zone every day and frankly speaking no one could have pulled it off without the whole team working together and standing shoulder to shoulder in testing times.

I would say that everyone has the required qualities, we just have to be ready to take up the responsibility, be ready to evolve every day, learning from our's and other's mistakes.

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

Attaining a leadership role is no doubt a daunting task. Stakes are high as the future of the whole batch depends upon your commitment and once you realize it college life takes a back seat. You have to let go of your social life on many occasions as apart from your assignments you are also juggling with your Pcell commitments. Yes, it is a rollercoaster ride but in the end, you have a lot of memories to cherish which makes it all worth it.

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

The biggest challenge we faced was people management. When you are at such position you have to make some decisions which do not go down well with few people's interest. But for the greater good and for the integrity of the whole structure, we have to stick to the ethical standards.

When it comes to career everyone goes for their self-interest but we as a team can not allow this feeling to take control. People will criticize you, argue and fight with you but you have to keep your calm and keep the trust of the batch intact. In the end, everything works out well if you have taken the right calls.

5How do your parent's look at you participating in extracurricular activities?

Initially, they were very annoyed with me, they thought I was going frenzy as I used to be on calls for hours even when I was at home. But soon when they realized what I was doing they feel proud. They have understood the cause and I believe with the right rationale you can convince them for the extracurricular you are involved in.

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

Finding a good and worthy internship is difficult as most of them are just for namesake and doesn't provide much learning. You have to push yourself at the workplace to explore and learn otherwise time will pass and your bucket will be still empty.

Conferences are a great way to learn from business leaders and achievers. Students shall attend as many and diverse conferences as the can. You never know who'll inspire you to do something great with your life.

Interview by - Sonam

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