Finishing School – 2018

In corporate sector, employers are more interested in recruiting  a candidate who has the potential to help the company succeed through the exhibition of stellar communication. Interpersonal skills are at the top of the list for many employers when it comes to scoping out the right candidates. Thus, understanding its importance, the Career Development and Guidance Centre (CDGC) of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh  organized “Finishing School – 2018 ” for its second year students from March 23 to March 25, 2018.

The three day workshop series aimed at helping the students to have an edge over Interview preparation, Group Discussions, Resume building, Aptitude Building, Case study analysis & Guesstimates  etc. in order to make them competent enough to face the industry. It also helps in instilling a sense of self-esteem and a positive attitude in the students.

The first day of the Finishing School began with a welcome address by Dr. Divya Bansal, Head, Career Development and Guidance Centre wherein she threw light on the Progressive improvement change in the placement statistics of the institute over the years in terms of the number of companies coming for campus selection, the number of selections or the average CTC like,  the average annual salary has risen from 5.3 to 9.4 lakhs from 2013 to 2017 and  the number of PPOs from 6  to 6. The highest CTC offered has touched Rs.46 lakhs in international placement and  Rs.34.7 Lakhs in India in the 2017-18. During her address she also guided the students on how to become an all rounded personality and maintain an important balance in academics , co-curricular activities and soft skills . She also urged students to set expectations right from all stake holders and learn from plethora of sources of information available online.

CEO of HUM Consulting, Mr. Chand Narayan, in his speech, motivated and encouraged the students to properly channelize and utilize their energy and resources. This was followed by PEC Director’s speech, Dr. Manoj K. Arora who with his brilliant words, helped the students gain confidence. Expert Sessions on various soft skills  were spread over three days like,  Aptitude and Verbal ability conducted by Mr. Sumit Khanna, Mr. Amit Hans shared his valuable inputs on Group Discussions, Case study analysis was conducted by Mr. Varun Khullar  and Personal interviews & Resume Making were taken up by  experts  Dr.  Anupama Raina & Prof.  Jean Saldanha,   Mr. Girish Mudgal from TCS shared the Best practices for successful Interview and Mr. Inderpal Sandhu shared his  expertise in research and design with Mechanical and Production Department. Job profile based branch wise workshop was also conducted by the final year students to explain the different job profiles.

On the whole, Finishing School - 2018  was very  successful and was well received by the students . The students recognized the full worth of the sessions delivered by the Industry Experts and experienced a wonderful journey of their first step towards corporate world as this would an opportunity for them to explore new challenges  and improve their personality . When asked the students for their feedback , a student from Mechanical Engineering quoted “These sessions gave me a chance to be more aware of what exactly I should mention in my Resume” . Another student from Computer Science mentioned “ Very useful sessions , glad  I am a part of it , I feel more confident now” and “The enthusiasm  of the experts  was encouraging and source material filled in quite a few knowledge gap” quoted by another  student of Materials & Metallurgy engineering department.

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