SSB ensures that the students are in sync with evolving market needs and prepare them for converting campus placement opportunities into job offers. During the placement season, the expectations of the recruiters are sky high, and the campus placement process helps them zero in on candidates with the right business acumen and skills.
SSB play’s a key role in defining the recruiters’ ideal candidate. Not only the theories taught, but seminars, assignments, micro projects, major projects, curriculum, pedagogy play a part in the overall development of students. We encourage students to discover their purpose, and then are provided with skills and training to enable them to be job- ready.”
Long-term approaches –
SSB has incorporated placement training in curriculum from the first year. “We do have a system of continuous preparation right from the first year. These include courses on business communications, presentation, team work, critical appreciation and analysis of critical current issues, a continuous revision course on taking aptitude tests among other elements,” he said.
We adopt an integrated approach for enhancing communication skills of students which runs across both academic years to help students’ gain confidence and interview skills. We bring in alumni from different corporate entities/verticals to guide these students on interview preparations. Similarly, we organize special programs to demonstrate and experience the structure and processes of interviews through mock interviews. We also invite our alumni working in the corporate sector to give students a taste of reality and prepare them for the final placement interviews through direct and video-based feedback.
Some of the focused areas to inculcate skills in students are as follows –
• Focus on business communications
• Critical appreciation of current issues
• Aptitude tests
• Embedding soft skill courses in curriculum
• Alumni, industry-expert speak
• Career grooming sessions
• Direct and video-based feedback
• Imbibing critical thinking
• Interaction with entrepreneurs
• Entrepreneurial courses
• Mock GDs and Presentations
• Mentoring sessions
• Creating entrepreneurs
The Final Push
Apart from curriculum-integrated activities focusing on placements, and industry-relevant new courses, we make a final push before placement days. Students are made to undergo concept tests, mock GDs and Placements, summer internships and aptitude training. Students are given regular feedback for improvement. Certain training sessions start in the first year though the bulk of the training starts 3 months prior to placements. The current year recruitment activity started with invitation to select companies in each of the sector – Banking, BPO/KPO, Retail Financial Services, Micro Finance. Companies which are shortlisted and invited are scheduled for a four level selection process as determined between the Institute and the respective company. Four levels include
• Group Discussions.
• HR Round.
• Final Interview Round.