Campus Life at SP Jain- “Global Exposure helps become independent, boosts confidence,” says Varun Khanchandan
It is a dream come true for an individual if they get an opportunity to pursue a management course from one’s dream institute. It is here that one cherishes the memories of the campus life later as it shapes an individual’s overall personality. Apart from academics, there are presentations, societies, clubs , corporate trips wherein an individual gets exposure to different facets and this is what goes a long way in one’s professional life. Varun Khanchandani in a candid conversation with Careers360 talks about the campus life at SP Jain School of Global Management where he got an opportunity to study at the international campuses of the institute which not only helped him to become independent but also gave impetus to his confidence. Read the full interview of campus life at SP Jain wherein Varun Khanchandani talks about different facets such as taking part intra university competitions, industry visits, seminars etc.
Careers360: How is the campus life at SP Jain Global? What is the best thing about your campus, something that differentiates it from the others?
Varun Khanchandani: The campus life at SP Jain is significant for the main purpose of the program i.e. international exposure and personal development. The most essential aspect of the campus life is networking with peers - which is a good mix of fellow Indians and international students, and experiencing different cultures at different campuses.
The campus presents us with the opportunities to work in groups with students from across the globe, focus on fitness with sports pitches and gyms, and living an independent life. Another differentiating factor is the out of classroom activities conducted by SP Jain every week, including industry visits, recreational activities, historical and political arenas as well as weekly seminars with industry experts. These events helped me develop an outgoing attitude, with every week being a new opportunity to head out and learn something new and fun alongside your batchmates.
Careers360: There are various clubs and committees at SP Jain Global. Are you a part of any such club or committee? Share some of the activities and experience.
Varun Khanchandani: SP Jain always initiates societal activities, in accordance with the current affairs and festivities, throughout the tenure of the course. Ranging from business clubs to sports committees, a student is free to enrol in their area of interest. Every country exposes the student to a new range of tournaments, held at an inter university level, which include basketball/football tournaments, as well as academic competitions.
Personally, I have participated in several business committees as well as sports clubs. The business committee held a Model United Nations at the Singapore campus, in collaboration with the embassy of Kazakhstan, where I volunteered in the management and logistics department, which in turn gave me a huge opportunity to network with other colleges as well as hone my management skills. Various intra- university tournaments are frequently organised by the Student Council throughout the semester, which helps students build the confidence to compete at a higher level. The entrepreneur club called the CIIE organizes finance and management events as well as Simulation labs where practical assignments are conducted.
Careers360: Tell us something about SP Jain’s cultural fests, business and sports competitions.
Varun Khanchandani: The cultural fests at SP Jain are always a thing to look forward to since it unites the college and gives us the opportunity to meet local people. There are incentives to win every competition held at the university and the participation of students, especially in sports tournaments, is quite high. Cultural fests include social nights, which are a celebration of various festivals like Chinese New Year’s, Diwali, Christmas, St. Patricks Day and so on, exposing us to different cultures.
Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or attending the classes? (At the campus)
Varun Khanchandani: I made use of my free time exploring the new cities that I stayed in, socializing with my peers of as well as participating in the out of class activities organised by the college. Going to a foreign land gives you access to new places, new people, new business opportunities as well as opens the doors to a different cultural experience.
Lately, I have been utilizing this time to look for part-time jobs, focusing more on studies and communicating with the team at SP Jain, who have helped me obtain opportunities to volunteer with some institutes.
Careers360: SP Jain Global has 4 campuses across the globe. How many of these campuses have you stayed at?
Varun Khanchandani: My first year was in the Singapore campus, with my second year and third year being in Dubai and Sydney respectively. Right now, I am in my last year of the Global BBA course, stated to commence in Sydney. My experience has been on the Singapore, Dubai and the Sydney campus.
Careers360: How has the experience been living at all these different campuses/countries?
Varun Khanchandani: Living in a foreign land has led to an overall development in my personality, which was my personal goal of joining an international program. The global exposure attained through my stay at all these campuses has left me intrigued and informed about these totally different cultures, ranging from a specific Asian culture, to a modern Middle-Eastern culture and ultimately a more western culture in Australia. Different languages, different working environments and working cohesively with international group mates are some key takeaways from my experience. I also developed corporate habits like optimizing LinkedIn, going through local newspapers, as well as societal habits like working and socializing with international crowds. The exposure helps you become independent, gain confidence, and also gives a boost to your social skills, that makes you a better version of yourself.
Careers360: There are always normal hangouts and few special hangouts at and around the campus. What are some such special spots at SP Jain?
Varun Khanchandani: SP Jain had many recreational lounges such as breakout rooms, gaming lounges and sports pitches where my colleagues and I used to hang out and socialize. There was an international-cuisine oriented cafeteria, where every student used to meet up after the classes.
Varun Khanchandani: A unique and special spot would be the tents with seating arrangements, which was a hub for student networking, as well as a place for professors to come around and speak with the students outside the classroom. These spots helped us interact with our senior batches, know their experiences and build relationships with them as well.
Careers360: Tell us something about the hostel life? What makes it special from other hostels?
Varun Khanchandani: My time at the Singapore hostel has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life; the thrill of being in a new city, coupIed with the comfort of exploring the campus and the city along with my peers. I also learned how to become independent, handle my finances and do my own chores.
The campus is combined with the university, making it convenient to attend classes. It was complete with special features including gaming lounges, basketball and football pitches, common hangout areas, as well as cafeterias and vending machines. The stay was convenient, plus it was very easy to commute to the city centre as well, with the campus being located in a well networked locality.
Careers360: Has the placement process at your institute been concluded? Which company and profile have you been placed?
Varun Khanchandani: Being in the last year of my course, my placement process hasn’t initiated yet, and it is expected to initiate prior to the graduation process. However, via SP Jain, I have been linked to various companies for internship opportunities, college opportunities for summer school and exchange programs, as well as other volunteering opportunities. I have been offered exchange programs to universities in Europe, volunteering roles in local charity and marathon drives, as well as part time roles in financial and online marketing companies.
Careers360: How was your internships / placement experience?
Varun Khanchandani: My experience in seeking opportunities to develop my career has been smooth, since I am in constant touch with the college representatives to notify me of any potential opportunity that comes across, be it volunteering or an internship role. Prof. Golo Weber, of the Singapore campus, always advised us to be acquainted with the current affairs, especially in political and economic streams, which has helped me convert my opportunities into jobs.
Careers360: What was the interview experience? What were the questions you were asked and how did you tackle them?
Varun Khanchandani: A lot of the interviewers are usually intrigued by the structure of the global program, therefore I was often asked about the experience, making it an excellent ice-breaker. Giving the interviewers a brief about the college program gives them a sense of the international exposure and the academic experience the candidate has received.
Varun Khanchandani: The usual inventory of questions was largely related to the work experience, academics, field of interest and how I would prove productive for the company.
The follow ups were usually about the current affairs of the cities/countries.
Careers360: The batch of 2020 will join soon while you will be graduating and leaving the campus. What would be your message for your juniors?
Varun Khanchandani: I would definitely nudge my juniors to seize all opportunities, to be participative and make use of the time to network and hone one’s career. The countries in the program global business hubs that have immense potential for a start, so one must make sure to explore opportunities for interning, experience gaining and personality development.
Having an international experience on the CV would definitely boost a candidate’s chances of getting selected. I highly recommend the candidate to stay updated about current affairs, and answer confidently, while the rest can be achieved with the help of the experience received throughout the college year.
Careers360: In the post COVID19 era, do you think that campus life has taken a backseat as there are more online classes? Do you think it will have an impact on actual learning?
Varun Khanchandani: With the onset of the pandemic, there have been major developments in the way learning is conducted. The obvious effects are a lack of face-to-face learning which has been the traditional or the most-sought after learning method.
However, with digitalization, not much has been lost in terms of coping up with our studies. At SP Jain, we have the Engaged Learning Online (ELO) software, which has helped us get accustomed to the new way of learning, by giving us the maximum experience of attending a normal lecture. The exams were also conducted smoothly, and the timings were well-suited for all time-zones across the globe. The college readily coordinated with the students with regards to our comfort, class-timings as well as helped in transitioning from physical classrooms to online classes.
The impact on actual learning would depend upon the attentiveness of the student. Personally, my experience has been good as I have been attending classes regularly, going through the class recordings, participating in the online breakout room sessions and therefore is hasn’t really impacted my learning process.
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