“VJIM made me realize that failures can be used to understand and redefine who you are. It also taught me that reaching great heights of success comes from working from your heart and being persevering,” says Elina Ann Mathew, who specialized in HR and Marketing from the institute. Today she has been able to redefine herself and her career as she has had a solid start being placed with Tech Mahindra as Management Trainee-HR.
The Computer Science graduate from Kerala is candid as she talks about the difficulties she had in her graduation college years. They were filled with difficulties and her self-esteem had taken a beating. Elina admits that being at VJIM, Hyderabad helped her rebuild herself. “My B School gave me a chance to heal. I was offered several platforms to learn, grow and come into my own. I can use those learnings into my professional life,” she claims.
Right from the orientation program at the onset to insight into placement process and the SIP, it all helped Elina in getting recruited with a top firm. “I did my internship at Signode India Limited, Rudraram Plant, Hyderabad. It helped me understand the HR processes and answer all the questions during the interview. I also had help from my college since we were briefed about current topics that could be a part of the Group Discussion,” she says.
Elina offers further insight on the actual placement process. “The campus drive by Tech Mahindra consisted of 3 rounds Aptitude Test based on quantitative ability and psychometry, Group Discussion and the Interview. The first round tested us on reactions to real life situations while the subsequent rounds were more about communication skills. My interview was quite unique because I was asked to interview myself and I did that in all honesty,” she explains.
She urges her juniors at the institute to know more about their prospective recruiters as they prepare for the placement process. It’s something Elina did to good effect and won her reward. Now she is ready to make her mark in her professional life. “Tech Mahindra is known for training employees to take critical decisions and nurture leaders. It would be my privilege to be a part of this system wherein I can inculcate my learnings in taking strategic decisions,” she ends.