Friday, December 7, 2012

Heroes in a Student’s Life (part-1) –The Student Placement Coordinators.

Its been a long time since I wrote an article on any of my blogs.  Finally the time has come when I would write another. You might be wondering why I did not update my blogs in the last couple of months. As you know writing blogs, for me, is sharing my knowledge and experience, I was waiting for the right time, when I had accumulated enough knowledge so that I had something to share with the beautiful and intelligent creatures that Lord created ( And yes, I am referring to you my dear friend Smile, You - the one reading this article. )


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 -
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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-
  1. Asked for gifts for themselves!!
  2. Asked for money indirectly, because he/she was providing me students to be recruited!!
  3. Asked me to recruit their son( s )/daughter( s ) who graduated from some unknown or not so good colleges.
  4. Did not bother to meet us at all.
  5. And the list goes on…
And this is the behaviour by the Placement Officers of very top ranking institutes in India - The so called Institutes of National Importance. In fact the Placement Officers of the Private Universities are much better in this regard. Contrary to the common belief, they neither offer bribe or take bribe ( referring to the Private Colleges/Universities I have visited so far).

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 Winking smile ), but not the others. You’re certainly not James Bond Smile with tongue out

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!

12 comments:

  1. Great post, sir :) Keep going.... It makes me remember my univ's student placement co-ordinators too, theri hard work and such. I have seen them personally. They do not sleep properly, work whole night before the Company visit and gets blame from other staff too, for silly reasons...

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    1. Thanks Arun :)z

      And yeah, I forgot to mention the fact that - They do not sleep properly, work whole night before the Company visit and gets blame from other staff too, for silly reasons.

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    2. I am going to add that to the article now ;)

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    3. :D Thanks for mentioning me :) :) :) great of you

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    4. Nothing great about it :)
      I just mentioned the name of the original author of that paragraph. It was an important observation that you made and I overlooked.

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  2. Thank you Sir......It's very rare people appreciate our work...:)

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    1. Dear NV,

      It might be rare that recruiters do not explicitly express their appreciation. I hope you understand that we are under a lot of pressure and time constraints. We have lots of things in our minds, and we may miss out on expressing our gratitude from time to time, but it does not mean that we do not value your contribution. All of us do.

      BTW, a few people may feel surprised that why is a recruiter under pressure? Isn't it a candidate's job to be under pressure?

      Well taking a decision, which will change the life of another person is not an easy one. On one hand we have the student, and on the other, our duty to our organization. We have to balance both, and try to be as impartial as we can. Humans have emotions, and with emotions, you can never be impartial!

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  3. Thank you Sir.....It's very rare that people appreciate our work...:)

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  4. @vishal
    sir could you plz tell me something about the samsung sel on campus recruitment results of candidates who have been put on hold for months.several time my placement coordinator tried to contact the HR but so far no positive response has been shown to him.At the time of campus visit we were told that the result of waiting candidates will be declared within two weeks.

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    1. This is not the place to ask such questions.

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  5. @vishal
    sir could you plz tell me something about the samsung sel on campus recruitment results of candidates who have been put on hold for months.several time my placement coordinator tried to contact the HR but so far no positive response has been shown to him.At the time of campus visit we were told that the result of waiting candidates will be declared within two weeks.

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  6. @vishal
    sir could you please tell me about the samsung sel on campus recruitment result of candidates who have been put on hold for months.samsung visited my campus this year.several times my placement coordinator tried to contact to the recruitment team(HR) but so far no result has been made.

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