Student Leader Interview - Poonam from IP University

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

My role involves connecting to HR managers of different firms, pitch to them and make sure that they recruit students from the college. It also involves planning individual development programs for students to equip themselves for coming placement season.

I have always been a very social person and haven't found it difficult to manage both the roles. Managing both will not be an issue until we realize that both are important and give equal significance.

2. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learning from what you do?

Challenges - There aren't much challenges that I face

Learning -
We should consider leadership roles as a responsibility not as an entitlement
Being a wartime leader is much more important than being a peacetime leader
Yes, but I consider this as a responsibility which is given to me. I am very happy that i get this opportunity.

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

I want to be a brand manager in a FMCG company. I think I am doing the same here in placement committee as well in which I am trying to build the brand of our college, market it to the recruiters and finally converting them.

There were more than 30 people who lost their internship opportunities due to COVID 19. We could place all the people before June 1st such that they will get at-least a month of internship.

I felt so proud because in most of the colleges, students were asked to do a study project and hence were not able to get an industry exposure.

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

Just go for it- you might initially feel like you may not be good enough or you may be weighed down by qualms…but just do it and you will thank yourself later.

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

Placement season for the next year will definitely have a very negative impact because of COVID 19.

I would like to ask them to take responsibilities on their own in the firms in which they do internship, do different courses, admix with people who can impart knowledge and make sure that you cut through the clutter next year.

Interviewed By - Chirag Pant

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