A session by Mr. Anand N S (PGP-02), leader of the Data Science team for Verizon Enterprise Solutions was organized by the Alumni Committee, IIM Kozhikode on the 26th of August, 2013. Apart from being the most admired Telecommunications Company of the world, Verizon is the leader in IT solutions and Information & Entertainment Services, and has a presence in 150 countries.
With an experience of over thirteen years in the industry, Mr. Anand talked about how being a Data Scientist has become one of the emerging career paths. He explained how there is a deluge of data today, and from there how the need for Data Scientists arises. The essence of leadership, he said, is ‘decision making’, which in today’s age has become increasingly difficult with the enormous amount of data and information available.
Thus, to understand and analyze the data has become an art that Companies require individuals to master. He quoted independent researched at McKinsey and HBS that advocate the use of Data Science, and encouraged his audience to explore the field and find out how they could attain success on this career path. The session ended with a round of questions by the students.
Continuing with the alumni interaction series, Alumni Committee, IIM Kozhikode organized a talk by its notable alumnus, Gaurav Sharma. Gaurav, a graduate from IIT Bombay before joining IIMK (PGP09), was awarded the institute Gold Medal for all-round performance. He is currently working with HP as Strategy and Planning Manager and has worked with Accenture Management Consulting. He was the founding member of IBOK – an in-house finance certification. He was involved in the making and marketing of a National Award winning documentary film on Indian composer RD Burman called “Pancham Unmixed” (2009). He also co-authored a coffee-table book on RD Burman and his influence on the Indian culture.
In his brief stay at IIM Kozhikode, Gaurav interacted with the students and offered valuable insights to make most out of their time at the institute. He delivered a talk on career planning and placements and provided a holistic view of the industry. The talk was very useful for the first year students preparing for their summer placements. Students were given a five step success plan: decipher the area of interest, build relevant skills, practice well, talk to friends and alumni and to prepare for the interviews in groups.
Gaurav stressed the need for students to understand the importance of positive first impression wherein appearance does matter. In order to succeed, one must display the skills and exhibit passion for the role offered. He discussed a frame-work START which stood for Situation, Task, Action, Result and Take-away. This according to him could be applied in most of the cases and provides a reliable insight. He urged the students to always be prepared with their elevator pitch.
He advised the freshmen to pick up a business and apply all the concepts they learn on their choice. This would provide them a greater understanding of the concepts and how they fare in the real-world scenario. An interesting discussion followed on “Black Swan” events wherein Gaurav discussed several examples. A case on HP followed soon after which proved to be a great learning experience for the students. Gaurav also interacted with second year students in smaller groups on varying topics and offered his valuable assistance. The alumni committee expressed gratitude to Gaurav for coming down to campus and sharing his experience with the students.