With the placement season just around the corner, we look at one of the most lucrative options for those pursuing chemical engineering, which is supply chain and operations.
ITC, GSK, HUL and PnG are some companies that visit the campus and allow students to sit for their placement procedures.
Ashutosh Chugh, 2018 Chemical Engineering graduate, currently working as the Assistant Manager at the ITD Division in ITC Kolkata, shares his experiences and insights.
BUILD YOUR CV
|CG||Important especially for shortlisting, but not the make-or-break factor for landing the job!|
|Internships||An internship with FMCG, management, or similar profile is definitely a plus, while a coding intern might not carry that much value here|
|Courses Done||One can find relevant courses with the Chemical and Mechanical department|
|Extra curricular activities and PORs||Will weigh in your favour, especially in enriching the CV|
Ashutosh works in operations and supply network planning (abbreviated as SNOP management roles), which involves modelling optimization problems, dealing with people across the corporate hierarchy, and linking the Head Office to factories across India. For a person looking at working with ITC, there are daily operation problems like factory working, manpower planning for factories, and then there are operation projects like devising ways to optimize and increase efficiency of production and associated cost.
Apart from the head office roles, ITC also offers factory roles which are more aligned to ground engineering roles like quality, packing and detection.
Furthermore, these companies offer attractive starting positions and projects for graduates, which is a great experience for those looking to apply their learning to real world problems.
ITC, among others, offers PPO to those who have an exemplary performance working as interns with them in their penultimate year.
It also hires students sitting for placements. The procedure involves CV shortlisting, psychometric test, group discussion and interview (which might be split into technical and HR rounds). Communication skills and sound technical knowledge are paramount in acing the interview.
Ashutosh stresses on mental preparation the most, pointing out how one can steer his/her interview in the direction one is good at, if preparation is up to the mark. It is important to be confident, but technical knowledge should definitely not be inflated. Basic questions, questions to the interview board.
Words of advice:
Placements tend to be an extremely stressful time for students, as the idea of (not) bagging a job is pretty heavy. Difficult as it may sound, keeping cool really helps to give one’s best performance. An important thing that people tend to ignore is preparing for the interview. Courses done in 4 years make us good enough engineers, but one has to work on soft skills and handling pressure to bag the dream job.
Time spent at IIT is extremely fun, do ensure that it is valuable too.