Such prospects that have certain amount of vagueness instead of a fixed definition have a lot more to offer
Assisting one of the top-guns of corporate India goes beyond perk benefits. Such jobs or internship opportunities help one grow by leaps and bounds.
This was one job opportunity that caused a hustle among placement hopefuls at IIM-Bangalore campus. As soon as this vacancy information was made public by the placement committee, more than one-third of the students (168 from a batch of 380) applied for the position of Executive Assistant to Mukesh Ambani. There was a reason for this enthusiasm; for fresh graduates such opportunities are a great learning experience and, in all probability, a highly marketable experience as well. The Economic Times reported that the selected students are expected to be a part of RIL’s strategic development team. After a few rounds of extensive interviews, the recruitment team from RIL zeroed in on two students. There is no official comment from IIM-B on the package offered to these students, yet, it is a given that it would be anything but ordinary. The Economic Times reported that Kotak Mahindra Bank is also following suit and is looking to hire Executive Assistants for its VC and MD Uday Kotak. Such job profiles are sure to attract applicants. However, for a job profile of this ‘stature’ it isn’t money alone that matters. Every such opportunity may not be as big as shadowing Mukesh Ambani, but such prospects that have certain amount of vagueness instead of a fixed definition have a lot more to offer. Here is why such opportunities are worth giving a shot:
1. The vagueness can be a learning experience:
The more variety of experience a job offers the more weight it adds to one’s professional understanding. For instance, a person directly assisting Mukesh Ambani will have to deal with time issues, strategy calls, requests and demands of different verticals of Reliance Industries, thus getting exposure of various domains and experiencing new challenges every day. The Economic Times quoted a placement committee member from IIM-B, “If your resume says that you've been an executive assistant to Mukesh Ambani, you can walk into any company, any time later in life.” This sums up the importance of such opportunities.
2. Great on-the-job training opportunity:
Such roles are great for students who want to look for leadership roles in the future. A role that gives one the opportunity to interact with top leadership in strikingly different domains helps in getting a fair idea of how things move at the top. From strategy to execution, there is a lot to be learned. Moreover, the range of experience and the dynamic nature of the profile help one understand and develop a leader’s perspective.
3. Adds weight to resume:
A job that involves shadowing a top-gun is sure to have helped the candidate develop some exceptional skills and leadership behaviours. Such job-experiences (or internship opportunities) lend weight to one’s resume and may help in getting a good opportunity any time in the future. That you have assisted one of the top industry leaders proves you capability and gives the candidate some brownie points when being analyzed against candidates with similar qualifications. A 2013 survey by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education said that when assessing a recent college graduate, companies give more weightage to internship details over educational details. When the internship or the first job is as big as assisting Mukesh Ambani, it is sure to fetch some takers.