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‘In a competitive exam, it’s always you vs you’ 

Apeejay School of Management student Pratyush Nandwani, who bagged a job with Tata Capital Finance, shares what to focus on when preparing for placements or exams



Pratyush Nandwani is currently pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Management in Marketing & Operations from Apeejay School of Management (ASM). With his dedication and hard work, the Apeejay student recently bagged a job with Tata Capital Finance as a Sales Manager. In this interview,  he explains how his institute helped him throughout the placement process. Read edited excerpts:

How did ASM help you with the placement preparation and process?

ASM is a gem of an institute that provides you with mentors and a conducive environment to learn new skills and unleash the best version of yourself in the 2 years of your course.  My mentor assisted me at every hurdle I faced. They used to conduct regular Group Discussions which played a major role during the placement process.  Thanks to Dr. Shweta Jha ma’am for being my mentor and providing me with constant support.

Do you think prior work experience matters when one is planning to pursue an MBA? Why?

One thing that a masters student always has in his/her mind is, ‘What if he/she is not having any prior experience?’ To that, I am not having any sort of corporate job experience. In my opinion, I don’t think you need to have it. If you are well-versed with the topics, speak well, communicate effectively, be confident, handle the pressure, and finally give your best, you are a step closer to success.

Explain what to focus on when preparing for campus placements? 

If you are planning for campus placements, you are already making the best decision. You should be calm and composed. Let no external thoughts of rejections bother you. Just stay positive as much as you can .Prove yourself as the best candidate out there to fit for the position. Stay cool, stress-free and communicate properly with confidence. Also, don’t mention anything in your resume that isn’t true about you, or else you’ll be drilled for that.

To all the MBA aspirants, you are already walking on your path to achieve the set goals and great heights in life. Remember this is just the beginning. Start preparing for your competitive exams from day one. It’s you vs you – so let yourself win over yourself.

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.