I was thinking of writing about Prayant Vasudev, one of my colleagues in the Samsung India Electronics’ Software Engineering Lab India’s (SEL India) Recruitment Team. But then destiny had other plans and “The Facebook Effect” overpowered my desire to write about Prayant. Seems like an article on Prayant has to wait for another time.
So coming back to “The Facebook Effect” I saw the following picture which changed my mind -
I was reminded of the Student Placement Coordinators who have helped me so much in carrying out the recruitment process in more than 20 Universities across the country. I really appreciate their efforts and the hardwork they put in throughout the recruitment process. Without them, it will be almost impossible to conduct recruitments.
Running to meet our every demand – whether its bunch of blank papers or staplers or water that we need. Trying to convince companies to visit their campuses. Trying to convince us to increase the list of shortlisted candidates, to lower the cut-off score, to lower the CGPA criteria, to allow students from other branches and what not!
When I was a student, I was busy taking sessions for MSTC, organizing DreamSpark Yatra events, organizing International Programming Contests, teaching underprivileged children or children with disabilities, and I thought that I was doing a great job! I thought of Student Placement Coordinators as bunch of fools, wasting their time. I thought that we had a placement department with a Placement Officer, 2-3 Assistant Placement Officers a couple of clerks so why are students needed? How mistaken I was.
With all due respect to the Training and Placement Officers of the so called premier institutes, I would like to state that many of them have become indifferent to placement activities. They do not actively participate anymore. Its the Student Placement Coordinators who do most of the job. I suppose, its supposed to be a part of the Job Description of Placement Officers and not the Student Placement Coordinators.
You know what the Irony is? Some Placement Officers have done a few interesting things-
- Asked for gifts for themselves!!
- Asked for money indirectly, because he/she was providing me students to be recruited!!
- Asked me to recruit their son( s )/daughter( s ) who graduated from some unknown or not so good colleges.
- Did not bother to meet us at all.
- And the list goes on…
You might be wondering, this article was supposed to be about appreciation ( of Student placement coordinators) so why is it criticizing the Placement Officers? Well I am not criticizing, I am just mentioning the facts. And these facts are necessary to understand why we must all appreciate the effort put in by these Student Placement Coordinators.
They do not sleep properly, work whole night before the Company visit and during the visit and sometimes get the blame from other staff, for silly reasons [An addition to the article, from comments from Arun]
. Sometimes, these coordinators belong to a very different branch, sometimes these coordinators belong to the same branch but are not placed, sometimes they are already placed. It has also happened that one or more Student Placement Coordinators themselves are not selected finally. They do all the hardwork, and still…
But then, they develop qualities like leadership, time management, resource management, relationship building, negotiation, hospitality. This learning is their reward. I am almost sure, they don’t crave for rewards, and I think they don’t expect anything in return except for the joy on their friends’ faces after the result is announced.
This article is my tribute to these unsung heroes of our Students' Lives' – The Student Placement Coordinators of all the institutes. I salute your hardwork, commitment and dedication. In the collage, above, its the first picture, that represents you, and may be the 3rd one too (Mass Bunk ), but not the others. You’re certainly not James Bond
I am not sure how many HRs or recruitment team members expressed their appreciation, but we always respect your contribution and appreciate it. Its you (and your friends who get selected) who make us visit your college again and again, year after year!