Drop arrogance and air of IIM to attain success: Chaudhary

Indore : Associate partner of McLagan, Aon Hewitt, Roopank Chaudhary advised the graduating batches of the Indian Institute of Management, Indore to carry their degree with pride but drop the arrogance and air of IIM for attaining success. Chaudhary discussed his success story and shared his insight on success, as the guest of honour during the pre-convocation ceremony of the 17th annual convocation, on Friday.

“Remember that a large number of successful people are college dropouts, so your degree is a passport to the opportunities in jobs, but not necessarily success,” Chaudhary said. He further discussed the fast changing pace of corporate life.

“When I graduated, 15 years back, there were only three sectors in placement, i.e. banking, consultancy and information technology, but today when I look at your batch, there are a number of sectors,” Chaudhary said. He elaborated that learning from his example, areas of opportunities and the way of working has changed dramatically.

“Based on my experience, I have seen that the pace of change is too rapid, and hence above everything else, adapting is the most important skill for survival,” he said. He continued elaborating the importance of adaptability by quoting how people don’t stick to one stream in jobs anymore. “There are bankers who are writing bestselling books, not necessarily good books,” he chuckled.

Chaudhary quoted, “Don’t let anyone tell you how to achieve success, chart your own way because everyone has a different way to success.” Repeating his quote, he urged the students to understand that there are no bullet points for success and every individual has a different way of attaining it.

Guest of honour, director of VF Corporation, Debolina Dutta shared her success story. “I have been watching cricket, and based on that I had a hypothesis,” she said. She continued saying that her hypothesis was that all spinners are south Indians. She chuckled saying it is because of the way they eat.

“Further, I was proved incorrect by spinners like Harbhajan Singh,” she continued. Concluding her story, she insisted that south Indians have the essential skill to be a good spinner. “The moral of the story is that one must leverage their skills to become successful,” she said.

 Continuing with her life learning, she quoted that one must pursue goals with clarity. “No matter how crazy my goals have been, I have pursued them with single minded and fisheye focus,” she quoted.

She elaborated on the importance of goals in life. “Goals can change according to time and situations but they must be there,” she said.

Concluding her address, she wished the students good luck and urged them to be successful in their own eyes.

Director of IIM-Indore, Rishikesha T Krishnan congratulated the students on their achievements. He highlighted, “This year seven batches are graduating from IIM-Indore.”

He extended his special appreciation to placement team, who have been able to withstand the stress of placing more than 600 students. “This was a great year for industrial activities, where we had our first ‘I5 event’ in the campus,” he said.

He elaborated on how his students have changed and transformed into professionals over the years.

He concluded by congratulating the students on their various achievements including extracurricular activities.

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