Leave it to VSM’s commerce team to turn a disadvantage into an advantage and thrive in any adverse situation as they proved it throughout this organizational year again and again by using the new modes of communication that COVID-19 pandemic made part of our daily lives and uplift the performances of all commerce students on all fronts.
With a team of only five members, commerce team had the responsibility of mentoring 73 students in the year 2020-21, and then struck the pandemic. But instead of getting demoralized by the challenge standing before them, the team decided to turn it into a golden opportunity by roping in resources that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. Sessions were arranged for students to engage with external professional faculties on various areas such as rural finance, insurance business, mutual funds, GST, competitive exams, etc. The team also managed to schedule standard-specific coaching sessions for students with external faculties. The new culture of online learning helped in making these sessions possible, connecting the experts from cities to students from remote areas.
Taking things one step ahead of single sessions, a complete internship module was designed for graduating students which would serve to develop essential industry skills. Spanning over eight months, this module focused on soft skills such as interview preparation, CV preparation and formal communication; as well as corporate functions such as sales, invoicing, purchase, inventory, payroll, GST returns, understanding the company financials through its balance sheet, etc.
Keeping in line with VSM’s aim for wholesome growth of students, various other activities were conducted for students–development of computer skills, stress and time management, spoken English & basic math to name a few. And to no one’s surprise, all these efforts were reflected in students’ performance as many of them landed internships and working opportunities in reputed companies such as Amazon, Flipkart, TCS while four students cleared foundation exams.
To maximize the use of their most valuable resource which are students themselves, commerce team started some new initiatives this year which involved students sharing their learnings from internships and jobs with each other as well as assigning few tasks to new students during interview process.
After a year of adapting to new modes of communication and maximizing the output, VSM’s commerce team is now determined to focus more on skill-based and project-based learning in upcoming year, while continuing the current strategy of connecting the students to professionals via evolved communication channels.