Ajithakumari Kaimal, an MBA Student specializing in Business Analytics from the 2020-22 batch, recently secured a pre-placement offer after working with Vodafone Idea during her summer internship, where her project was to develop the sales strategy for new businesses in the outbound strategic accounts, which essentially means which accounts and products to particularly focus on out of an estimate of 300 entities as a part of 24 strategic accounts.
She had the opportunity to work on a live project with recommendations being applied in real-time, wherein she followed the Define – Measure – Analyze – Improve approach. It was a rollercoaster ride with leadership speak series, leadership mentoring sessions, buddy connects, and of course, project reviews! She is grateful to the team at Vodafone Idea for making this online internship memorable, who gave her ample freedom to explore opportunities and encouraged her to use the knowledge she gained from her previous work experience as well as the analytics background.
Ajithakumari is a mechanical engineer, graduated in 2016. She joined Tata Cummins, Jamshedpur as a Graduate Engineer Trainee, in the Operations Excellence function, wherein she dealt with productivity improvement and lean implementation projects. After about three and a half years, she decided to move to a front-line operations role and moved to the Assembly line as Production Manager. She stated that her previous work experience moulded her into the person that she is today.
She suggests the junior batch to never hesitate to ask questions, even though it may seem daunting and always do your research, whether primary or secondary. People are always there to help, so one should reach out to their team members, faculty members, batch-mates, etc. and try to get as many perspectives as possible.
It might also be very helpful to reach out to seniors who previously worked or interned with the company, to get a better understanding of their projects, prerequisites, experiences with the company before starting the internship.
Everyone puts their best foot forward during the internships, and Ajitha believes that her ability to think creatively and willingness to work hard along with a bit of Felix Felicis helped her finally secure a PPO. Overall, her two-month journey was filled with immense learning opportunities and an experience of a lifetime.
-Aakanksha Hajela, Media and PR Team