An employer engagement session with Westside,
one of the major employers of the STeP students, was organized in
Bangalore and Chennai.
For the session in Chennai, the Deputy General
Manager, Mr. Ramakrishnan interacted with the students. The program
started with a mutual introduction, in which the Mr. Ramakrishnan
explained about company’s profile, nature of requirement,
job nature, salary package, and other benefits and if candidates
are selected how their career will be developed and also the placement
availability in Westside, Chennai store. After the orientation session,
an open house session was conducted where the students asked clarified
queries and doubts with Mr. Ramakrishnan.
In Bangalore, this session was conducted by
Mr. Meher Madhur, the Store Manager, and his team. The students
were oriented about the basic strategies to prepare for successful
job interviews and the current and future prospects of the retail
job market. The most interesting part of the program was the mock
interview session that proved to be an effective tool in orienting
children about corporate job requirements. The demonstration gave
all the students a fair idea about how to perform in front of an
interview panel. The purpose of this session was to give them a
scope to improve themselves while there is still time for preparation.
Topics such as creating a good first impression, dressing professionally,
reviewing appropriate material, handling anxiety and nervousness,
etc were also discussed. Mr. Madhur concluded the session by indicating
the importance of effective communication and the role of hard work
in achieving professional growth.
This engagement activity was attended by most
of the STeP students in both the locations.