Institute of Management & Information Science, Bhubaneswar

Career Development Centre (CaD)

The Career Development Centre assists students to develop and implement professionalized career plans through a broad array of services that include:

  • Individual Mentoring
  • Career Documents Development
  • Professional Development Programming
  • Career Development Mentor Program
  • Hands-on Skills Building Workshops
  • Mock Interview Programs

The activities of the centre will be spread throughout the year. Specific activities are planned to be undertaken for each term. There might be some variations in the planning which may be need based. The Centre is headed by the Dean, Career Development.

The activities undertaken by the centre are mentioned below:

Formation of Study Groups

In today’s world everybody works in teams. To encourage and build up the capability of working in teams, the institute has initiated this process of forming study groups. Working in groups helps in learning faster, making new friends, familiarizing with business practices by learning how to work in a team etc. It is expected that the member should be committed to the group, rotate activities, meet regularly, maintain good relationships, encourage generation of ideas and come prepared for effective utilization of time. The Career Development Centre forms the study groups and also reserves the right to change the same. The students cannot change their study groups as per their choice. Each study group has a faculty mentor to guide them. The study group is formed at the beginning of Term I and then again changed in term III based on the first electives opted by the students.

Mentoring

It had been observed that students face problems while orienting themselves from a UG course to the new culture at B-School, which is highly demanding in nature. This results in stress among the students. For dealing with this problem, IMIS has a well co-ordinate system of mentoring where a study group is attached to a faculty member, who helps a student to adapt to the culture soon.

A mentoring relationship is first and foremost the responsibility of the mentee, in the sense that, the mentee is the main beneficiary and it is the responsibility of the mentee to gain what is intended from the mentoring relationship.

As a mentee you should-

  • Be able to understand individual role in the process.
  • Be able to set aside time and energy for his/her personal development.
  • Be committed to and willing to take ownership of the process.
  • Be active in the development process.
  • Be committed to making progress.
  • Be willing to receive feedback.
  • Be flexible and willing to listen.

The mentor can provide career and professional guidance, shape functional and industry perspectives, help in developing competency, and provide solutions to problems, etc. So it is up to the mentees to interact and take advantage of the mentors’ experiences and shape their career.

Soft Skills Development

Soft Skills are identified to be the most critical skills in the current global job market especially in a fast moving era of technology. So for a student it is very important that a student develops soft skills apart from the regular academics. To develop such skills the centre conducts a lot of activities that are focused on the all round development of students. These normally include dressing and grooming, business etiquette, dining etiquette, telephone etiquette, inter-personal skills, confidence building, team building skills and others. These sessions are carried out in small groups as well as large groups. The students have to conduct field projects, participate in games and other such things.

Communication Lab

It had been observed that all the students are not on the same platform when it comes to communication skills. Hence, the communication lab has been created to meet the needs of the students who are weak in communication. The experts in the communication area do the identification of the students who are weak in communication and the lab is conducted for them. The lab is not meant for all students, it meant only for students who are weak in communication skills.

Student Profile and CV preparation

Student profiling is one of the important activities of the centre. The student profile is prepared in term I and it is updated on a regular basis. A facility is created in the IMIS Academic Information System (AIS) where there is a template and the student has to fill all the fields. The student has to take utmost care while filling up the details as the faculty members, mentor, corporate relation department and other agencies use the same information. In case there is any change the student can always update his profile.

The CV is prepared twice in two years, i.e. once before the summer internship and the next before the final placement. The template for CV preparation is also given in IMIS AIS. The student has to remember that once the final CV is prepared and handed over to the corporate relation wing, then any subsequent changes that are to be made have to be done through CaD only.

Business Round Up

Business Round up is a forum where the students discuss various issues every week in their classes. The activities are divided into Economy Round Up, Industry Round Up, Stock Market Round Up, Open House and others. Each study group is responsible for a particular week. The student for each section has to refer to newspapers, business magazines, electronic documents, etc.

Placement Specific training

A student needs to acquire some necessary skills and understand the recruitment process of various companies in detail. Most of the companies prefer to conduct a written test, a GD and a personal interview for selecting students. Interviews can be of various modes. These can be conducted telephonically, or through video conferencing or Skype. But the most commonly practised ones are face-to-face interviews. Besides this, some companies also prefer to carry out medical fitness test to finally select a candidate.

To equip the students to face such challenging tasks, written assessment i.e. quantitative aptitude and reasoning, group discussions and personal interview sessions are conducted using both external and internal resource persons. Evaluation tests are conducted where a student has to attend and perform well. These activities are done in a small scale in the first year and rigorously in the second year. Sector specific training is also conducted to develop students’ knowledge in a particular sector by inviting resource persons from the industry.

Besides the activities mentioned, the centre conducts a series of tests at regular intervals and assigns grades. These grades are sent to the Corporate Relations Department, the mentors and other agencies for their consideration. Two evaluation tests are undertaken. The first test is conducted at the end of term III and the other in the mid of term V. The evaluation conducted in term III in done by the internal members of IMIS. The evaluation consists of written assessment, group discussion and personal interview which is CV based. External members, corporate trainers, company resource persons, etc do the evaluation in term V. These grades are flashed. A student is expected to score a minimum of 60 percent in written assessments, a grade of “B” in both PI and GD. The students should not miss these examinations as the grade becomes important during the final placements.

Often it has been observed that students face problems while orienting themselves from a UG college culture of comfort to the new culture at a B-school, which is highly demanding in nature. This sometimes results in different levels of stress amongst students. For effective dealing of such cases, IMIS has devised a method of mentoring often referred as Personal Counseling, which is done by the faculty members. The faculty’s responsibilities are to identify such kind of stress, if any, present in a student and to do suitable mentoring so that the student finds it easier to adapt the new culture. The mentor-mentee arrangement at the institute is a unique composition, which helps in upholding a compassionate and sensitive relationship required for fostering self-confidence amongst the students while coping with the increased stress.

Institute of Management & Information Science, Bhubaneswar