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Others gear up for an on-the-job experience

Come May, Sumedh Ambekar, 21, a final year business management student at St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, will trade his denims for crisp trousers as he prepares to begin work at an internet based research firm. Payoshaa Shah reports.

mumbai Updated: Apr 30, 2012 01:40 IST
Payoshaa Shah

Come May, Sumedh Ambekar, 21, a final year business management student at St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, will trade his denims for crisp trousers as he prepares to begin work at an internet based research firm.


“In college late submissions were tolerated but that will not work in the corporate world. I am going to be more committed and meet all deadlines from now on,” says Ambekar.

Fresh graduates stepping into their first jobs are nervous about the transition. Nikunj Soni, 21, a commerce student at Clara’s College of Commerce, Versova, is optimistic about the change. “If you adopt a positive attitude towards starting your job, you will be better off,” he says.

An “exciting job profile” is a prerequisite for these students. “I want an opportunity to try out new and different things. Salary is secondary right now,” says Rasika Ramchandran, 21, a mass media student at National College, Bandra.

Rachit Jain, 20, student at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, passed over a job with a higher paycheck because the job profile was that of a call centre employee while he wanted to work in finance.

Several students also opted for summer internships and worked at NGOs to ease their transition and strengthen their resumes.

Soni visited a recruitment firm in Malad, where he was advised to adopt a neutral accent at interviews and maintain a straight posture. Ambekar made it a point to not dress overly formally for his interviews, “When you are too formally dressed, it seems you are trying to hard sell,” he said. “I get nervous while speaking to strangers so I interact with clients at my father’s office to improve my conversational skills,” said Lakshmi Chettiar, 20, a student at SIES College.

“It is a big transition as we are moving out of our comfort zone. Preparing for this transition is about trusting yourself and believing that you are mature enough to handle it,” said Ambekar.