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College Placements, Ripped Apart!

With yet another academic year nearing its end, hopes of the students at various higher educational institutions have started to get shuffled. The placement season is a time when the “formal attire” ironically becomes the “casual wear” since it is needed almost every day. As some fundamental elements of the placement processes are common to all colleges, NTMN made an attempt to paraphrase their usual traits here:

The Aspirants:
This is the target section. The final year students of the various educational institutions fall under this category. Ever since the beginning of the placement season, these students “aspire” to occupy one of the top jobs. Within this category itself, there are certain deeper divisions:

One is the “Happy-go-lucky” class. The students in this section have accidently become a part of the placement process. Least bothered of their selection—attracted by the “fun” aspect of the process—they apply for the job nevertheless.

Then there is the “Extreme” class, wherein the students apply for every damn company that enters the campus. These people undergo a CV-speaks-for-the-candidate-so-it-should-look-good syndrome, and consequently can be found glued to their laptop screens making every possible omission in their CV to make it look “awesome and impressive”. They are the highly proud ones—already confident of making it to McKinsey or Bain—anything less than that receives dreadful reactions from them. They have done a number of internships in their junior years (and) or have held at least one official post in some society with inflated hopes that these experiences would get them through the process. They enter the GD rooms with a broad smile and great gesture—thanks to their arduous mock GD training—and aim to leave a great impression on the person who could be their “Boss” very soon.

College PlacementFinally, meet the “Moderate” class. The believers in Destiny, students here are cool with whatever life brings to them. In case they get a job, well and good. If not, they are still happy for they want to “learn” from their mistakes. If not placed, they will pursue higher studies. With such back-up plans at hand, they apply only after carefully analyzing every company. Good at making plans, they finally take a decision towards the end of the year.

Placement Cell Student Coordinators:
Phew! The busiest people in town. They have the tough job of getting everyone placed, contacting the top employees at the various MNCs and inviting them for recruitment. They are a prototype of the 24×7 working entrepreneur class, managing the job-calls, list of selected candidates, confirmation calls, mails etc. Over the placement season, they can be seen conversing over the phone—wonder whether college pays for the recharges—dealing with the HRs and finalizing schedules. This insomniac class is held accountable for mistakes made by any candidate. So much of a job! But all pays well when the experience of “Coordinator, Placement Cell” shines in their CVs.

The Companies:
Thanks to Sir Ranchoddas Chanchad, every company now wants students who can “Think Out of the Box”. All the company brochures more or less read the same: “We are looking for active, intelligent candidates for our XYZ department…who can think out of the box”—out of the box, out of the stereotype—not realizing that “Out of the Box” is now the new stereotype!

The companies want “The Best” from every institution they visit. Come the day of the visit/placement, the representatives can be seen behaving in their best possible manner. Alert enough not to make any wrong impressions on the “bachchas”, they speak highly of their companies and like to answer the long list of queries from the candidates. They are ready to grill!

The interviews:
Well, the Show Time! It is the phase of the process when the adrenaline secretion hits its peak! Weeks of training, CV modifications and mock-interviews have to finally bear fruit. During the course of the interviews, the ones waiting outside are usually fretting like hell. They would even walk past the main door of the venue just to have a glimpse of the happenings inside through the door glass—but come their turn and they are the most confident people ever. It is only after facing the interview personally, one realizes that Raju Rastogi and Krish (2 States) are not quite helpful. The companies are very careful and smart enough to choose candidates who can do well to keep the company in the Stock Market, not the Box Office!

The junior members:
Well, these kids rely on their seniors for the tell-me-your-experience-so-that-I-learn talks. They eye every selected senior so that they can lure the secret of success from them. They aspire for the same job in their final year. This is the time when the amusing memories of the ragging, held a few semesters back by their now-employed seniors, finally urge the juniors to grab them and party hard on their “anticipated salaries” saying, “Ab to aap kamaane waale ho, ab kya chinta!

Family members (Yeah, they are on the list, despite their missing campus-presence):
Mark Zuckerberg must have told his family the news of his decision to drop out of college months after he did so. But thanks to his Facebook today, the entire clan of a successful candidate gets to know the “wonderful news” before the candidate has even received the confirmation letter. Good wishes start pouring in. Wall posts read something like, “Congratulations Beta! I knew you would make it!” and at times, quite embarrassing ones like: “Kal tak to meri god me su-su karta tha aur aaj dekho kamaane laga hai.”

And after all this, when some are “in” and some are not (for example this freelancer who doesn’t have much to do but to “rip-apart” such processes), the general merriment of the colleges prevail the way as it is always claimed: “These are the best days of a person’s life!”

This has been written by Shagun Sinha and edited by Debarati Nandi. Both Shagun and Debarati are currently interning with NTMN in our Youth Internship and Training Program, 2013.

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