An Internship is a very important part of a student’s career, it is the stepping stone of their career and a lifetime opportunity where one can get introduced to a particular work culture. One can learn ample things in his/her summer internship and thereby gauge the career prospects in the coming years. Keeping this scenario in mind, Oakbrook Business School organized a scintillating seminar at its campus on the topic ‘Optimizing your summer internship’ on 15th April 2014. Oakbrook Business School is an upcoming B-School at Adalaj, and has conducted several programs in the genre of Faculty Development, Student Development and Corporate Training. Oakbrook Business School is an AICTE approved institute and is all ready to launch its MBA program this year.
The workshop at OBS had a huge presence more than 130 students, professionals and faculty of various institutes who had gathered to get insights about making the most from their internships. The workshop had a string of glorious speakers from the industry namely Prof. P. Ganesh (Faculty, EDI, Gandhinagar); Mr. Jitendra Shah (M.D, Tipsons Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.); Mr. Raghunandan Honawar ( Sub Head- supply chain Management, Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.); Mr. Mohammad Athar (Sr. Manager, PwC); Mr. Sushil Thaker (Sr. Consultant, KPMG), and Mr. Guruprakash Iyer (CEO, G&F International. The workshop also had the presence of eminent personalities such as Dr. N. R. Dixit (Founder, Director, Som-Lalit Institute of Management)Prof. N. R. Dave (Former Vice Chancellor-North Gujarat University, Former Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Gujarat, Former Chairman, AICTE, Western Region) who are also among the Board of Governors of Oakbrook Business School.
The workshop was commenced by Dr. Nivedita Srivastava (Dean, Oakbrook Business School), who gave a warm welcome to all the participants and introduced the speakers. The first speaker was Prof. P. Ganesh who gave a detailed presentation on importance of internships and types of internships. He gave insights on the outcomes of the internship and its effect on one’s career. The second speaker was Mr. Jitendra Shah, he stated that it is important for a person to have vision and passion to follow it, an internship can drive you closer to your dream. The next speaker was Mr. Raghunandan Honawar who talked about the internships and its challenges, he talked about the various aspects of internships and the benefits an individual can reap from it. The next speaker was Mr. Mohammad Athar, he started his speech by reminiscing his experience during internship. He recalled that he learnt a lot of corporate ethics and codes of conduct during his internship and hence advised the students to take their internships seriously.
The next speaker was Mr. Sushil Thaker, he gave a very interactive presentation in which he urged the participants to think differently and stand out from the herd. He gave many pictorial slides and motivated the students to perform as well as learn during their internship. The last speaker for the session was Mr. Guruprakash Iyer who asked the students to develop their basic skills like communication skills, soft skills etc which will help them to communicate better and ended his speech by saying that learning never goes in vain and thus one must learn as many things as possible from an internship!