Sunday, March 27, 2016

The second day of the Manipal Career Fair & Convention 2016 resumed on the 24th of March, at Block C, Multipurpose Hall.

Following up with themed panel discussions from day one, ‘Behind the Scenes,’ where industry leaders across business domains share their experience from which students can draw inspiration.

The first session for the day, ‘Innovate & Collaborate,’ was all about keeping up with latest tech-trends, and always remaining a step ahead of the ‘new geek on the block’.
Panellists included Dr. Usman Zafar, CEO of DUC International Consulting; Mr. Sama Sreenivas, Sr. Manager of Structural Design, Engineering Office; Mr. Yebin Sreenivasan, Associate Director at Aedas; and Mr. Zubair Zamaqshari, Product Manager, Canon Middle East.

The session was moderated by Asst. Professor Prachee Gupta, from the School of Engineering & IT (SoE-IT) who focussed on understanding the importance of technology in today’s industries.

Day 2 First Panel Discussion: Innovate & Collaborate - Mr. Yebin, Mr. Sama, Asst. Prof. Prachee(Moderator) , Mr. Zubair, Mr. Usman

Mr. Zamaqshari, Product Manager, Canon Middle East, emphasised how technology is the fundamental for growth. He also mentioned that research and development were vital parameters for technology, and at Canon, about 10% of the total sales are dedicated towards research and development.

Mr. Sreenivas, who comes from a civil engineering background said, “Construction today has completely evolved thanks to software that simplify it all”.

Mr. Sreenivasan pointed out that 3D printing in architecture was something to look out for as a ‘biggie’ in the coming years, while Mr. Zafar said, “in next five years, GCC will be able to compete with top Western countries,” in terms of technology and innovation.

The second panel of the day, Seek & Involve, roped in key recruiters panellists to  offer a full understanding on Human Resources and ‘marketing yourself’.

Mr. John Dias Felix, Management Consultant at Alchemy HR; Ms. Roha Daud, Co-Founder & Head of Talent Management; Mr. Sajid Rashid, Training Specialist at Gates Engineering & Services; Mr. Anib Poulose, Head of Recruitment at Weir Oil & Gas; Ms. Kairmein Deboo, Senior Urban Designer at Arcadis; and Ms. Rebecca Andrews, HR Business Consultant/Corporate Trainer at Adroit Consultancy FZE, all pooled together their knowledge on the subject of HR.

The session was moderated by Asst. Professor Sarah Taizoon from the School of Design & Architecture (SoDA).

Mr. Felix pointed out that entry level graduates often take things very lightly, which can prove to be their downfall. “Corporate expectations are very high and expect you to graduate to their culture as soon as possible,” he said.

Mr. Rashid said that “for an employer, quality of student is important—not in terms of education, but productivity.”

Ms. Daud emphasized on the importance of “small talk and networking,” something which all panellists agreed was vital. CVs are another deciding line that can take you from a ‘potential employee’ to ‘employee’, or to the ‘reject’ list. The experts shared anecdotes about CVs, and strongly advised the students to write their own CVs, with no exaggerated truths.

After the session, company representatives once again set up camp, and prospective employees queued up to find relevant job opportunities.

MBA student Amorette D’souza said, “In my 5 years at Manipal, this is the first time I’m seeing a career fair at this scale. It’s a good move (on the part of the college) and very beneficial.”

Second year, Computer Science student Anik Chatterjee was on the lookout for a web-related technical job, and mentioned that while a lot of the companies offered marketing and sales options, he was “keeping his options open,” The fair was his first shot at internship hunting, and he thought it was a good starting point for future prospects.

-Mehak Srivastava

 The writer is an undergrad student in the School of Media & Communication