First Stride 2020

It is that time of the year, when the campus is buzzing with the word that fills one with anticipation and dread alike – placements! Having cleared the first milestone of resume preparation, the PGP1 students at the Place to B, safely ensconced in their homes, embark on the next crucial phase of their journey – preparing for their interviews and group discussions, while exploring their interests around their sector and role of choice.

To help the students with some much-needed guidance from experienced hands, the Student Alumni Committee (fondly, AlumCom!) organized a series of talks by recent PGP alumni on various sectors. Christened First Stride, the talks this weekend featured speakers from Consulting, General Management and Marketing sectors, who shared their placement experiences and their career journey so far in their chosen field.

The Consulting talk was delivered by Siddharth Trivedi (PGP 2012-14), who worked with McKinsey & Company before moving to his current role as Senior Program Manager at Amazon. The General Management talk featured Aathira Jayaraj (PGP 2012-14), Program Manager at the prestigious Tata Administrative Services (TAS) and the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Social Alpha. The Marketing talk was delivered by Puskar Sharma (PGP 2017-19), Brand Manager at Asian Paints.

The sessions were a resounding success despite the challenges of the virtual medium, with hundreds of active participants getting a chance to get their most pressing of queries answered by alumni in an open and encouraging environment. More sectors would be covered in future sessions of First Stride – coming very soon!

Contributor: Anirudh Srivatsa, PGP 2021