Hailing from Visakapatnam, Sriram completed his Electrical and Electronics Engineering and then went on to work in IBM as Associate System Engineer in the field of testing and automation and also in a Digital Marketing Startup for 20 months. The need to understand the business and desire to clinch top position in corporate ladder led him to pursue an MBA in SCMHRD. He believes that HR is an important field which directly impacts a business and has no regrets in choosing it as his specialization.
He wasn’t assigned a project as soon as his internship began with L&T. The interns were first given time to understand the business and were given the opportunity to learn by visiting many sites. He was able to gauge how the business works and what is the end to end engineering process of the existing business unit. He also attended management development courses, at Department Of Management Studies, IIT Madras, to understand the various Business and Technical aspects of Power Transmission and Distribution business vertical, L&T. Later, he was given the project where he had to do the job analysis and had to conduct competency mapping for all the job roles in Engineering Design and Research Centre. He reported to different heads of engineering of the various business units and also to HR Head of Power Transmission and Distribution. This project gave him the experience of HR Business Partnering
It was a great learning experience because he got to interact with people with enormous experience, people who have done great projects in various parts of the world. As a part of the primary research project, he used to meet multiple people which enabled him to do the competency mapping for all the job roles along with job descriptions and job specifications. The best part, he says, is the project work being implemented in the company.
In IBM he dealt with Testing and Automation of Software Products and services, where as in L&T he dealt with the core Engineering Design of Power Transmission and Distribution Business vertical. He read extensively to learn the technical terminologies which different people talk because his project needed him to understand their language.
His advice to the junior batch is to understand the company and industry in which one works. Regardless of the specialization, one must be aware of how the business functions, the requirements and how the assigned project during internship will impact the firm. He suggests the junior batch to focus on learning experience and try to develop solutions which are practically possible and feasible for implementation. His final suggestion to the Junior batch is to complete the internship with dedication and hard work.
A hearty congratulations and best wishes from all of us at MPR Team.