T he Placement Cell of H.R. College is a Student Managed professional body, which is for the students, by the students, and of the students. It acts as a liaison between the corporate sector and the young, aspirational students of our college. The Placement Cell strives to groom students for the industry while assisting them in getting varied and suitable job opportunities. The opportunities offered as quantitative as well as qualitative, to correctly fit the skills of the students.
The Placement Cell believes in a collaborative approach and therefore does not restrict the corporate engagement to only the third year, ready to graduate students. As a student body, we acknowledge the need for the 'trial and error method for our students from the very first year. Conducting rigorous internship drives, irrespective of any factors has been one of our strongest initiatives to give our students exactly what is required in their day and age.
JOBS VS STARTUPS: A DILEMMA ON CAMPUS
July 24, 2023 Attendees: 70
The Placement Cell, along with The Entrepreneurship and Incubation Cell of H.R. College and in association with Mr. Divesh Bathija and Mr. Viraj Singal organised a panel discussion on Jobs vs. Startups: A Dilemma on Campus.
The panel discussion, featured Mr. Viraj Singal, the founder of Board of Industry Academia Partnerships and Mr. Divesh Bathija, Co-founder at UnMath School Pvt. Ltd. as guest speakers, and Mr. Navin Punjabi, the Vice Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and the Director of the placement cell, as the moderator. Mr. Divesh Bathija shared his entrepreneurial journey highlighting the importance of initiative and a strong brand name for success. Mr. Viraj Singhal explained how the board of Industry - Academia partnerships is working towards bridging the gap between academia and industry. The event concluded with an interactive Q&A round and a formal vote of thanks.
NOTRE DAME LECTURE
July 28, 2023 Attendees: 35
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics attended the Notre Dame Lecture organised by The Global Centre, Notre Dame University at the HSNC University Building.
The lecture started with Dr. Hemlata Bagla, the Vice Chancellor of HSNC University felicitating the guests and shedding some light on child development. Dr. Navin Punjabi, the Vice Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and the Director of the Placement Cell along with Dr. Bhagwan Balani, Registrar of HSNC University attended the session. Mr. Dheeraj, Director of Notre Dame, gave an overview of “The Global Centre” and “Project Sampoorna”. He later introduced Mrs. Rubina Phillip, Associate Director (GC-DWC) who leads “Project Sampoorna and Research” in Telangana. She spoke about Telangana’s Social & Tribal Welfare and Residential school for Whole Child Development (WCD) and explained about the goals, rules, and timeline of Project Sampoorna sharing a video of the testimony by the students regarding safety and inclusivity. An interactive Q&A round that took place followed by a few words from Miss Dolly, Executive Director of Notre Dame Alumni Association to conclude this insightful session.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY PWC
June 17, 2022 Attendees: 24
Speakers: Mr. Ketan Asher (Auditor in Financial Services) and Mr. Kulbir Gandhi (National Talent Acquisition Lead)
Mr. Ketan Asher commenced the session by giving a brief introduction about his experience at PwC. Mr. Asher spoke of the firm’s history, the firm’s CSR approach and its belief in giving back to the society, showcasing various programs and schemes undertaken by PwC.
Mr. Ketan and Mr. Kulbir gave a brief description about job profiles and explained the terms of audit. They emphasized on how career progression is solely based on merit and capabilities of the candidate and listed out the qualities PwC looks for in an ideal candidate. Lastly, the floor was open to an interactive Q/A where Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Asher mainly touched upon queries regarding the interview process.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY MEDIA.NET
June 23, 2022 Attendees: 12
Speakers: Ms. Leeanzel Rebello (Talent Acquisition Associate) & Ms. Aastha Parmanad (Talent Acquisition Specialist)
Ms. Leeanzel Rebello commenced the session by briefing the students of the company’s working and corporate structure. She emphasized on the fact that Media.net is a company that acts in the capacity of a publisher and marketer, as well as it is a firm that creates their own tech products. Ms. Leeanzel touched up on the firm’s revenue model, with the majority coming from the US market, while a small but significant percentage from the UK and Canadian markets.
Ms. Aastha, spoke about the job role, responsibilities, CTC and the working hours related to one’s profile and briefly described the prerequisites for selection as well as the procedure for the same. The session ended on an interactive note with the speakers addressing the doubts and queries of the student. The session thus ended, was followed by a half-hour essay writing and a one-hour aptitude test.
SELFIE-BOOTH FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
August 12-15, 2022 Attendees: 146
The Placement Cell of H.R. College and the sub-committee for B.Voc. Placements set up a Selfie-Booth to commemorate 75 Years of Independence.
Following the inauguration and the spirited singing performance by the Cultural Committee, the students along with the teaching and non-teaching staff displayed great zeal and enthusiasm in clicking photos at the selfie-booth. The principal’s address concluded with her patriotic quote: “Har Dil Tiranga”. Constant support provided by Dr. Pooja Ramchandani (Principal), Dr. Navin Punjabi (Vice Principal), Mr. Faaiz Patel and Mrs. Bharti Singh made it a huge success.
September 4, 2022 Attendees: 179
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pulse Session in association with Mr. Manish Punjabi, General Manager, COE Learning & Development at UltraTech Cement.
Students were told that professional networking is not only about job opportunities but also about making professional contacts for self-employment, family businesses, etc. in the corporate world. He discussed various networking sites such as LinkedIn which he pronounced as the most common and widely used among others. Students were also told about strategies like: liking and commenting on posts, connecting with people in the relevant fields, sharing and posting on ideas and topics of common interest to expand their networks and attract opportunities. He also guided them regarding how they could reach out to companies by following the ‘7 Quotients’: professional networking, learning and development, practical exposure, leveraging your network, the perfect resume and preparing for your call. Session ended with a Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
HOW TO APPEAR FOR A GROUP DISCUSSION
September 5, 2022 Attendees: 194
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pulse Session with Ms. Yogja Singh, Employer Branding and Talent Acquisition expert at one of the leading companies in the travel and hospitality sector.
The session commenced on an interactive note with her asking the students what they think about group discussions and what challenges they encounter. Ms. Singh introduced the concept of Group Discussion, preparation required, and the skills that panellists look for in a candidate in a group discussion. Students were advised to maintain a professional demeanour, have pre-requisite knowledge and statistical data to back up arguments made. Ms. Singh advised against inappropriate interjection, criticism or offensive behaviour and aggression. The session ended with a Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
September 6, 2022 Attendees: 220
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pulse Session in association with Mr. Chandan Kumar, Senior Vice President - Marketing.
The session commenced with him highlighting the importance of career building right from the starting of career. The students were advised to have a positive mind set during the interview, listen to the interviewer, learn and develop their point of view. He also stated that the major traits an interviewer looks for are passion and initiative, which are backed up by talents like soft skills, professional attire, body language, and a customer-centric approach to problem-solving. The significance of making a strong first impression through resume, appropriately preparing for the interview rather than rushing, and projecting confidence were emphasised upon. The tips given to boost confidence were researching about the company and its employees; understand its role and deliverables. In addition, he provided clarification on how to appropriately respond to the three questions that cause students the most trouble: "Tell us about yourself," "Describe yourself," and "Why should the company hire you?" In the end, all the students’ queries regarding the topic were resolved through a question-and-answer round.
WHAT TO DO AT THE END OF AN INTERVIEW?
September 6, 2022 Attendees: 202
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pulse Session with Mr. Faaiz Patel, Assistant Professor at H.R. College of Commerce & Economics.
The session commenced with Mr. Patel informing the students that closing an interview is as important and crucial as beginning one. He classified three categories of questions that are asked in an interview: the General Type of Questions category (GTQ), Loyalty Display Questions (LDQ) and Rapport Building Questions (RBQ). GTQ inquiries on job challenges, firm career advancement, and other topics. LDQ includes inquiries about non-financial rewards for long-term employees and funding for their further education. In the RBQ category the interviewee may be questioned about his experience with the organisation. He suggested follow up strategies such as on three to four working days following interview by emailing post interview to thank the company and politely enquiring about the outcome and keeping an eye on the company's LinkedIn page or website with regards to any update. The session ended with a Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
HOW TO DRAFT A WINNING RESUME
September 7, 2022 Attendees: 247
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics organised a Pulse Session with Dr. Navin Punjabi, Vice Principal of H.R. College, Director of the Placement Cell.
The session commenced with a discussion on the need and purpose of a good resume. A resume should offer an overview of training, competencies, and experience. He then talked about the different types of resume a student can prepare and highlighted the use of keywords pertinent to the particular industry the student is applying for and the need for rigorous editing of the document. An interactive questions and answers round between him and students marked the end of the session.
September 7, 2022 Attendees: 247
The members of the Placement Cell organized a pulse session to provide an overview of the final year placements.
Students were briefed on the final placement policy by the speakers in a very detailed and precise manner. Important information regarding the number of companies a student can apply for, protocols related to accepting the job offers, registering for the companies within the deadline, etc were emphasised upon. The session ended with a Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY KPMG
September 14, 2022 Attendees: 60
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with KPMG.
The Pre-Placement talk began with Ms. Shweta Jangale (Campus Hiring) giving the students an overview of KPMG. This was followed by, Mr. Nitesh Agarwal (Key lead - Financial Modelling) explaining the goals & mission of the firm. He also elaborated upon the Deal Advisory - CF Valuation profile and the work expected. Mr. Prateek Agarwal (Associate Director - Deal Advisory) then took over and explained the requirements and responsibilities of the Financial Due Diligence profile. Then, Mr. Prithviraj Mohite (Director of Deal Advisory) took the opportunity to explain the company's work culture and touched upon the skills of the candidate they are looking for. The session concluded with an interactive Q&A round presided over by Ms. Shweta Jangale.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY ERNST & YOUNG
September 16, 2022 Attendees: 52
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with Ernst & Young. At the start of the pre-placement talk, Mr. Dhruv Joshi (Director - Risk & Compliance Professional) introduced himself and his partners at Ernst & Young.
This was followed by, Mr. Rahul Banthiyal (Director - People Advisory Services) briefly describing the services provided by the company. He also elaborated upon the Analyst - People Advisory Services profile and the skills that they are seeking in a candidate. Mr. Dhruv Joshi provided an overview of the Analyst-Risk Advisory profile, including the elements it is divided into and the responsibilities the candidate will have. Later, Ms. Anushka Raut (Human Resources Associate) discussed about the selection process. Mr. Rahul Banthiyal then took over the interactive Q&A round. The session concluded on a positive note, with an informative video about the scope and work life at Ernst & Young.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY QUICKSELL
September 17, 2022 Attendees: 28
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with QuickSell. At the start of the pre-placement talk, the Placement Cell welcomed Mr. Shivam Mittal (Business Development Lead) and his team on board.
This was followed by Mr. Shivam introducing his company and discussing how it has grown across more than hundred countries in the past three years. He also shared his experience at the firm and told the students about the company’s achievements. Mr. Shivam further elaborated the company’s mission and how QuickSell is different from other e-commerce platforms. An interactive Q&A round between Mr. Shivam and the students marked the end of the session.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY PWC
September 19, 2022 Attendees: 56
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). The pre-placement talk began with Mr. Rohit Nair (Senior Analyst - Campus Recruitment) who introduced himself and his colleagues at PwC. Mr. Rahul Gupta (Manager) briefly explained the objectives, purpose, and approaches of the company. He also introduced the students to the Indian Leadership Team and the Advisory Leadership Group. He elaborated on analyst profiles, services offered in advisory, and how PwC has invested in training for the success of not only the firm but also the employees. Mr. Mrutyunjay Vadapalli (Senior Associate-Campus Recruitment) discussed compensation, perks, learning, and development opportunities available to PwC employees. Mr. Rohit Nair described the CTC breakdown as well as the recruitment procedure. He also drew students’ attention to the flexibility of work at PwC. Mr. Rahul Gupta and Mr. Rohit Nair then concluded the session by taking up a Q&A round.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY TRESVISTA
September 21, 2022 Attendees: 115
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with TresVista. The pre-placement talk began with Mr. Ajay Aggarwal (Senior Vice-President) brief of the organisation.
Candidates were shown a sample of the work that company does and were also informed about the growth in career offered at TresVista. Additionally, he said that financial modelling, financial analysis, research, and sound judgement are necessary skills they look for in a candidate for the Analyst - Research and Investment Services (RIS) profile. He also provided a description of the profile. Mr. Ajay Aggarwal then gave the CTC break up and explained growth in CTC over the years. An interactive Q&A round marked the end of the pre-placement talk.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY ICICI BANK
September 23, 2022 Attendees: 41
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with ICICI Bank. The pre-placement talk began with Dr. Navin Punjabi (Vice Principal of H.R. College and Director of the Placement Cell) greeting the ICICI Bank executives, followed by Ms. Aashna Sajnani (Human Resource Manager) introducing Mr. Pawan Kumar (Wealth Manager). Mr. Pawan Kumar spoke about the history and current operations of ICICI Bank. Later, he elaborated upon the services provided by the bank in accordance with its key pillars.
Ms. Zalak Salva (Human Resources Manager) and Ms. Aashna Sajnani explained the recruitment process and the training programmes that would be implemented once the students are hired. They stated that there will be a one-month induction structure and then the freshers will be assigned a wealth management project.
She also explained the compensation structure. Additionally, a brief video was shown to the students about how the Ascend programme aided newly hired employees in advancing their careers. An interactive Q&A round marked the end of the pre-placement talk.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY AXXELA
September 23, 2022 Attendees: 71
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a pre-placement talk in association with Axxela. The pre-placement talk began with the Placement Cell welcoming Mr. Nikhil Somani (Director) and Mr. Rochak Malhotra (Associate) on board.
This was followed by Mr. Nikhil’s preview of the company on how trade in financial markets using own capital takes place and its benefits.
Mr. Nikhil discussed the commodities the company trades in and how good their trade demographics are in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The session concluded with an informative video about the scope and work life at Axxela following an interactive Q&A round between Mr. Nikhil and the students.
CAREER DISCOVERY MASTERCLASS BY CLEVER HARVEY
September 24, 2022 Attendees: 53
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Career Discovery Masterclass in association with Clever Harvey. The session began with the Placement Cell welcoming Ms. Dhara on board. Ms. Dhara briefed the students about India’s Industry Partnered Session. She later told the students how to build an industry-relevant resume. Ms. Dhara also provided a variety of case studies for the students to use in determining whether they had a computational, commercial, or behavioural mindset. She told the students about the Incubation Programme, which would help them collaborate and work with companies like Zomato, Uber, Puma, etc. and a chance to earn certificates from Clever Harvey’s Industry Partners. Ms. Dhara concluded the session by sharing a feedback form amongst the students and taking up a Q&A round.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY WILLIS TOWER WATSON
October 3, 2022 Attendees: 22
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Willis Tower Watson. The Pre-Placement Talk began with Ms. Aarti Shringarpure, Member of Talent Acquisition Team, introducing the team of Willis Tower Watson and giving a brief overview of the company.
Ms. Indu Raney, who works in Talent Acquisition, then continued the presentation by discussing the many business divisions the company operates in, such as their actuarial and retirement planning teams.
A brief video which featured the employees discussing the kind of work taken up by the actuarial team was presented to the students. Mr. Sanjose KJ, Retirement Head, explained in brief the work of the retirement planning team. The company’s culture and ideals, such as gender equality, teamwork, equal chances, work-life balance, etc., were stressed upon by Mr. Sanjose.
The pre-placement talk was followed by an interactive Q&A session, which concluded the presentation.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY DELOITTE
October 10, 2022 Attendees : 40
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Deloitte. The Pre-Placement talk began with Mr. Karan Bhatia (Tax - Campus Recruitment) introducing himself and his colleagues at Deloitte. This was followed by, Ms. Deepti Gireesh Kumar (Tax Senior Manager- Process and Technology) explaining the path of the tax department in Deloitte US-India. She provided a summary of their locations and planned expansion in India. Mr. Karan discussed how Deloitte invests in its personnel and the careers of its employees. He also provided a general summary of Deloitte’s workforce and culture. An interactive Q&A round marked the end of the pre-placement talk.
MEDIA.NET TPO MEET
October 14, 2022 Attendees: 50
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics attended a TPO meet hosted by Media.net at Fairfield by Mariott, Mumbai. The meeting began with Mr. Varun V. (Senior Director - Human Resources) conducting an icebreaker session by interacting with all the colleges’ TPOs present. He provided an overview of what truly Media.net does and discussed how they function as an exchange between supply and demand for their clients in current advertising technologies.
After that, Ms. Ella Rego (Senior Manager - Talent Acquisition) provided a summary of Media.net’s history and global presence. She also provided a general overview of the workforce and culture at Media.net. Mr. Varun briefly explained the profiles and the journey of an MU alumnus. The meeting concluded with a feedback session where all of the TPOs discussed the issues they were having with the process and how it could be improved overall.
PLACEMENT CELL ORIENTATION
October 20, 2022 Attendees: 150
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised its orientation hosted by the members of the Placement Cell. The orientation began with Ms. Smriti Kankani (Documentation and Research Head) and Ms. Namita Makhijani (Corporate Head) introducing themselves and welcoming the First-Year students to the Placement Cell. A vote of appreciation was then given by Ms. Smriti to Dr. Pooja Ramchandani (the Principal, H.R. College of Commerce & Economics), and Dr. Navin M. Punjabi (the Vice Principal and Director of the Placement Cell).
After a brief introduction of the Placement Cell, the apex team and the core team were subsequently introduced. The students were given information on the timeline of events, the benefits of joining this student committee like exposure to the real business world and work skills, etc.
A short video was also shown to the participants about the events and sessions conducted by the Placement Cell. Dr. Navin Mukesh Punjabi also congratulated the First-Year students on being a part of the Placement Cell. The orientation ended with an interactive Q&A.
KAR LO SAFALTA MUTHTHI MEIN - GILLETTE GROOMING SESSION 2022-23
November 19, 2022 Attendees: 60
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Grooming Session in association with Gillette Gaurd. The session began with Mr. Karan Bachhav (Gillette Brand Presenter) introducing the firm, and the subject to the students. He discussed the importance of men’s grooming and maintaining one’s look during an interview. This was followed by an activity that illustrated how differences in looks affect interviews. He also made students aware of the internship and final placement opportunities available at Gillette Gaurd. Through a brief educational film, he concluded the presentation on ABC (Appearance, Body language, and Communication). The session ended with a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY MORGAN STANLEY
November 23, 2022 Attendees: 16
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Morgan Stanley. The Pre-Placement Talk began with Mr. Siddharth Shukla, Manager - Campus Recruiting, providing a brief introduction of the company and the speakers Mrs. Laura Porter, Executive Director of Executive Division and Mr. Mithun Kunder, Executive Director of Executive Division. Mrs. Laura continued the discussion by letting students know about the additional products that support operations division in addition to the three major business lines in the operation division. Mr. Mithun briefed students about the roles played by an operation intern, partners and stakeholders who make use of the operation division’s work. Towards the end of the pre-placement talk Ms. Rhea Sahu, Operations Analyst, made a guest appearance to share her journey from an intern to an employee. The sessions ended with an interactive question and answer round and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY MEDIA.NET
November 24, 2022 Attendees: 35
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Media.Net. The talk began with Dr. Navin Mukesh Punjabi, Vice Principal of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and Director of the Placement Cell, welcoming the Media.net team and addressing the students.
This was followed by a talk by Mrs. Ella Rego, Human Resource Team and Mrs. Kanika Arora, Talent Acquisition. They gave the students a brief overview of the company and discussed the advantages of a career in the ad-tech sector. Student were given an overview of mar-tech, ad-tech and mobile application and customer tech products in an interactive manner. Students were told about the different roles that the company offers and a brief video of some of the employee’s journey in the organization was screened. An interactive question and answer round and a formal vote of thanks marked the end of the pre-placement talk.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL IMPACT CONSULTING
November 29, 2022 Attendees: 153
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a session on Introduction to Social Impact Consulting in association with Dalberg Advisors. Mr. Hitesh Singh, Management Analyst gave a brief introduction about the company including its missions, manifesto, and the issue that social consultants address. The session was then taken over by Mr. Rohan Shah, Management and Strategy Consultant, who provided some examples of the tasks the students would be expected to perform if they were chosen to intern and work in the organisation. He also provided information on various clients and engagements the organisation has.
Next, a brief overview of the employee's progression from analyst to partner was given to the students. Towards the end of the session, Mr. Hitesh informed the students about the skills they are looking for in a candidate and the interview process. The session ended with an interactive questions and answer round and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY DEUTSCHE BANK
November 30, 2022 Attendees: 104
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Deutsche Bank. Mr. Niral Shah, Director, Head of Finance India COO, CRU & Private Bank CFO, provided an overview of the session followed by a showcasing video on “What does it mean to work at DB?” He continued by outlining the company’s values, its CSR efforts, and the four primary business sectors the bank deals in. In his subsequent remarks, he provided some background information on the Finance India Employee Engagement initiative. Ms. Komal Makwana, a finance analyst, shared her work experiences with the company. Towards the end of the session Mr. Arun Vyas, Head - Europe Rates Business Finance, explained about the Analyst Development Programme led by him and Mr. Aashish informed the students about the hiring timeline and hiring process. The session ended with an interactive question and answer round and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY IDFY
December 5, 2022 Attendees: 28
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Idfy.
The Pre-Placement talk began with Mrs. Bhakti Dharod, Human Resources Head, giving an overview of the session, introducing herself and other colleagues, and showcasing a detailed video on “What is Idfy?”.
Mrs. Chandni Thakkar, Talent Scout, justified Idfy as moderate Sherlock Holmes. Mrs. Bhakti then went on to elaborate on the organization's partners, the tools used to spot fraud, and their goals in order to further clarify how the company works toward authentication.
Mr. Saharsh Chordia, Business Development Head - Financial Services, took over the session by informing students about market development - sales development representative (SDR) profile. Summarizing Mrs. Bhakti, showed a video on “The enjoyments and the celebration at IDfy”. The session ended with a quick Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY WHITE WHALE PARTNERS
December 6, 2022 Attendees: 100
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pre-Placement Talk in association with White Whale Partners.
The Pre-Placement talk began with Mr. Shapath Parikh, partner at White Whale Partners. Mr. Shapath detailed the organisation as an asset management firm with two strategies: listed market investing business and public market investing business.
He shared the company’s vision, culture, policies, structure, and fundamental principles and elaborated on the investment strategies. Mr. Parikh ended with an overview of the prior investing track record and conducted a comparative study of Portfolio Management Service. The session ended with an interactive Q&A and a formal vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY LIQUILOANS
January 4, 2023 Attendees: 21
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Liquiloans. The session began with Dr. Navin Mukesh Punjabi, the Vice Principal of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics and director the Placement Cell, welcoming the company onboard and addressing the students.
Following this, Mrs. Shriya Dixit, HR Team, gave a presentation on the organization’s mission statement, brief history, and fundamental operating principles. The three primary departments - Business, Operations, and Support - were also explained to the students. Mr. Mihir Tiwari, Credit Team, Mrs. Archie Dalmia, Operations Team, and Mr. Amar Gaur, Supply Team, provided insight on the working of their respective departments. An interactive questions and answers round marked the end of the session.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY ICICI LOMBARD
January 12, 2023 Attendees: 24
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a Pre-Placement Talk in association with ICICI Lombard.
The Pre-Placement Talk began with Mr. Abhishake Mathur, Technology Team, talking about the birth of insurance in the 18th century and how IT has transformed insurance sector. He then threw light on the Viswaas Guidelines of the company. This was followed by a video presentation on the tech milestones like block chain projects, cattle facial recognition, etc. He talked about working in the company and impact of technology on customers.
Miss Pallavi Khot, the HR Chief Manager, explained the salary structure with the Aasmaan Project in which cross functional and cross departmental exposure is given, including various awards won by the company. The session ended with an interactive question and answer round.
UNDERSTANDING THE COMMODITY DERIVATES MARKET
January 21, 2023 Attendees: 29
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a session on Understanding the Commodity Derivates Market in association with NCDEX.
The speaker for the event Mr. Hemraj Joshi, CA, currently working with one of the leading insurance companies, introduced and discussed the topic of the day, i.e., the commodity and derivatives markets. He highlighted the power of SEBI at different levels. Mr. Joshi explained in detail the structure of the commodity market and briefed the students on some basic terminology in the market, such as “future”, “margin”, “backward” and “novation”. Towards the end, a detailed discussion about the derivatives market took place. An interactive question and answer round marked the end of the session.
COMPANY SECRETARY AS A CAREER FOR STUDENTS
January 28, 2023 Attendees: 15
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a session on Company Secretary as a Career for students with C.S. Mr. Sachin Vijay Toraskar.
Mr. Sachin V. Toraskar, a practising Company Secretary and Trademark Agent who has been running Sachin V. Toraskar & Co. for the past 6 years, introduced and discussed the day's topic, i.e., Company Secretary as a Career for students. He discussed about ICSI, its functions, rules, and regulations. Participants were told about the various roles and responsibilities of a C.S. such as Key Managerial Personnel, Corporate Manager, etc and its additional benefits. Later, there was a discussion on the admission process for C.S. Executive Entrance Test (CSEET), including eligibility, fee structure, and course details. This was followed by information on C.S. Executive Programme and the C.S. Professional Programme, ICSI Placement Cell, pay package, pre-membership training, and ICSI teaching centres.
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND WORKPLACES
February 24, 2023 Attendees: 14
The Placement Cell organized a visit to the conference on ‘Health, Wellness and Workplaces’ at IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Churchgate, Mumbai. The theme of the conference was ‘Recalibrating Workplaces with Wellness Strategy’. The conference featured a CEO Panel discussion on the evolving nature of the workplace, the workforce, and their expectations for workplace health. The discussion covered issues regarding obstacles, importance, engagement, empowerment, practices, rewards, and the future of workplace wellness. The conference included sessions on happiness, mental & spiritual wellness, and ergonomics. The conference concluded with a vote of thanks.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK 2022-23 BY TRUFID SERVICES PVT. LTD.
March 6, 2023 Attendees: 16
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with Trufid Services Pvt. Ltd.
The Pre-Placement Talk began with Mr. Gaurav Sanghvi, Director, giving a brief introduction about Trufid Services Pvt. Ltd. The students were informed about wealth management which included analyzing and proposing several strategies towards fulfillment of client’s financial goal. He highlighted how wealth management was the next frontier and the growth of India’s wealth.
Speaker discussed the scope of wealth management included startup ecosystem, migration of wealthy people to India and the millennial era of savings and spendings. Towards the end of the session, he discussed about the CTC and job responsibilities for the profiles offered, the interview process and the benefits of joining the Banking and Finance sector. The session ended with an interactive question and answer round and a formal vote of thanks.
ARMOUR WORKSHOP BY UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON
March 10, 2023 Attendees:27
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized an Armour Workshop in association with University of the Arts London.
The workshop began with Ms. Lynda Doyle, International Academic Coordinator, talking about the six colleges under the University of Arts London and various courses offered such as fine arts, media communication, graphic designing, augmented reality, animation, etc. Then a detailed discussion took place describing how the word “Armour” may be used in both physical and psychological contexts. Towards the end of the workshop, the students were given an activity in which they were instructed to use their creativity to create armour or weapon out of a piece of paper. This activity was duly completed by the students. The workshop ended with the students outlining the functions of the weapon they created.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY MGH GROUP
April 6, 2023 Attendees: 18
The Placement Cell of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organized a Pre-Placement Talk in association with MGH Group. The Pre-Placement Talk began with Ms. Archana Purohit, Human Resource Department, giving a brief introduction about MGH Group, its history and how it operates as a logistics and supply chain business.
Ms. Purohit highlighted the business culture and the responsibilities for the job profiles offered. The session ended with an interactive question and answer round.
December 20, 2022 - January 2, 2023
The Commerce Department of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised a certificate course - Corporate Readiness in association with Placement Cell. The session began with welcoming course facilitator Ms. Khyati Jain.
Ms. Jain, an MBA degree from Sam Houston State University in Texas, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business, and is currently the Education Assessment Preparation Tutor at one of the top universities in the UK. Ms. Jain advanced the discussion by sharing her personal experiences as a human resources manager for an American electric corporation and a global corporation in India.
The course included vital concepts regarding the postgraduate pathways, timeline for variaous study abroad scholarships, presenting a formal professional resume with the cover letters, university and job applications, basic softwares knowledge & group discussion and interviews.
NATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGE
March 14, 2023 Attendees: 36
The Palcement Cell along with the M.Com Committee of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics in collaboration with the prestigious NYU Stern organized an Industrial Visit to National Stock Exchange, India. This industrial visit was graced by the presence of world-class speakers who imparted invaluable knowledge to the attendees.
In conclusion, the industrial visit to the National Stock Exchange was a truly enlightening experience, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most renowned names in the financial industry.
CAREER COUNSELLING SESSION
June 9, 2021
CA Ryan Fernandes, Head, Strategic Investments function at Pidilite Industries Ltd. In addition, associated with the ICAI, Bombay Chartered Accountants Society, and Chamber of Tax consultants were invited to guide students about Chartered Accountancy.
Mr. Fernandes introduced ICAI. ICAI gives international exposure to the students to expand their skills. The fee structure and Stipend were discussed in detail. CA Ryan briefed the students about the Talent Test and Scholarship Scheme.
1. LinkedIn Networking
August 29, 2021 Attendees: 266
Mr. Manish Punjabi, General Manager, COE Learning and development at UltraTech Cement, conducted a session on LinkedIn Networking. Mr. Punjabi threw light on the importance of being on a professional networking platform and introduced them to a powerful platform like LinkedIn. He enunciated some valuable strategies through which students would be visible to the recruiters including liking, commenting, and sharing posts they find fascinating, writing creative content for LinkedIn, and using media to their benefit.
2. Career in Consultancy
August 30, 2021 Attendees: 290
Mr. Ashish Pherwani, Partner in Media and Entertainment Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, talked about the opportunities and scope of the Consultancy Industry. He discussed the different ways of revenue enhancement and stated various types of consultancy like finance consultancy, consumer consultancy, marketing consultancy, IT advisory consultancy, and many more, supported with examples of various companies in these industries.
3. How to Appear for a Group Discussion
August 30, 2021 Attendees: 318
Ms. Yogja Singh, Campus Relations Leader at KPMG, guided the students on the importance of a group discussion, and how to appear for one. Ms. Singh explained the structure and format of a group discussion.
She laid stress on being well informed with facts, as it is the key to excelling in a group discussion, and emphasized the importance of listening.
4. How to draft a winning resume
August 31, 2021 Attendees: 350
Dr. Navin Punjabi, Vice Principal & Director of Placements, H.R. College of Commerce & Economics; threw some light on the importance of resume writing in today's world. He explained the difference between resume scanning, resume reading, and discussed the difference between a resume and C.V. He also talked about the standard format of the resume and different types of resumes and strategies to present a crisp and concise resume.
5. How to Ace an Interview
August 31, 2021 Attendees: 300
Mr. Priyank Ahuja, Product Manager at Accenture, explained the importance of one's attire in an interview as it is the first thing noticed by the interviewers. He said that the clothes convey a lot about one's personality so he/she must be dressed well in all the rounds of the interviews. He mentioned some of the tasks to be performed before appearing for an interview like researching the company and going through their job requirements and job description carefully. He discussed some of the most common body language blunders that interviewees should avoid during an interview.
September 1, 2021 Attendees: 320+
Dr. Navin Punjabi, Director of Placement Cell, conducted a session to explain the Final Placement Policy. He gave an introduction about the Placement Cell and the connection with various companies. He elaborated on the working of the Placement Cell and welcomed student suggestions & ideas. Then the session was taken over by Niyomi Shah & Muskaan Sachdeva (Joint Chairpersons), Shruti Ghandikota & Saiba Omar (Vice-Chairpersons), and Harshvardhan Singh & Rishabh Soni (Advisors). They explained the Final Placement Policy to the students very simply.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - KPMG
September 7, 2021 Attendees: 195
Mr. Mahek Vikamsey (Partner-Valuations), Mr. Amish Dani (Director-Transaction Services, Financial Due Diligence), and Mr. Prateek Bhatia (Vice President-Valuations), Mr. Kurush Dordi (Director-Human Resources) & Ms. Kruti Turakhia (Manager-Human Resources) were the speakers of this event.
Mr. Kurush Dordi commenced the session by introducing KPMG and its policies. Mr. Mahek Vikamsey discussed KPMG's clients and the services they deal with. Mr. Jigar Seta gave a detailed explanation of how risk and business advisory are provided to customers by the company. The students were told about their career paths at KPMG.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY ACIES
September 8, 2021 Attendees: 30
Mr. Abhinava Bajpai, Managing Director, Acies, and Mr. Yash Ratanpal, Director, Acies gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies, giving an overview of the company and its operations. They revealed that the firm works in various areas, such as risk and finance, business solutions, strategy and structure, and so on. Students were informed about Acies' Career Progression and the company's interview process.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - ERNST AND YOUNG
September 16, 2021 Attendees: 81
The session commenced with Mr. Sunmeet Chahal (Partner at EY) introducing the company and its policies. Mrs. Niyati Sood (Consulting Partner at EY), elaborated on the diverse working culture of the organisation and various campaigns held by the company. Anjali Verghese (Senior Manager at EY) elaborated on the job description & job requirements for the profile offered by the company.
TO ACE VIRTUAL INTERVIEWS PULSE SESSION
September 18, 2021 Attendees: 240
Dr. Navin Punjabi introduced the speaker Mr. Jaimit Doshi, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance who elaborated on how to attempt a virtual interview. He stated that the interviewee must be honest, respectful, and truthful with the interviewer.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - AXXELA
September 20, 2021 Attendees: 165
Ms. Megha Gupta (Senior Human Resources Manager) and Mr. Rajesh MK (Vice President - Training & Research) from Axxela gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies. Ms. Megha Gupta briefed the students about the company, highlighted the intense demands of the job, and talked about the open-door culture of the company. She stressed how the company focuses on the mental health of its employees by conducting counseling sessions and employee engagement programs. Mr. Rajesh MK informed the students about the advantages of being an employee at Axxela.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - QUICKSELL
September 20, 2021 Attendees: 100
Ms. Shloka Shetty (Business Development Manager) commenced the session by providing a brief introduction of Mr. Deepak Bhagchandani, the founder of QuickSell, as well as the company. The students were made aware of the company's mission. A short-pre-recorded clip was shown to the students to provide an understanding of the company's work methodology. Ms. Shloka also shared the many opportunities that the company offers and briefed the students about the total salary package and the interview procedure.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - TRESVISTA
September 24, 2021
Mr. Jaideep Nair, Vice President, TresVista began the session by showing a video that provided an overview of the company's work culture and atmosphere. The students were enlightened about the company's service delivery model, the client mix, the services offered, and lastly the summary of the services the employees will have to perform.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK - ICICI LOMBARD
September 30, 2021 Attendees: 80
Mr. Abhishake Mathur, Vice President – Technology, ICICI Lombard gave an introduction about the company and explained the workings of the company and the different services it offers to its clients. The students were shown a short film to provide them with an overview of the company's work style. He further explained the job description and CTC for the offered positions.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY MORGAN STANLEY
October 7, 2021 Attendees: 140
Mr. Siddhartha Shukla (Manager Campus Recruiting) and Mr. Anurag Bharadwaj (Executive Director) of Morgan Stanley gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies. The students were briefed about the company's virtual analyst program and virtual intern program. Mr. Siddhartha explained to the students about the virtual campus recruitment process that will be followed and about the platforms, the students could connect.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY DELOITTE
October 28, 2021
Mr. Chirag Sinari (Campus Recruiter - Senior Analyst, Deloitte) and Mr. Balaji E.G. (Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte) gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies. The students were shown a short clip that gave them an idea of the company's culture. Mr. Chirag Sinari spoke of the company's hierarchy related to work and the many job profiles available.
EY SCHOLARSHIP LAUNCH PROGRAM
November 25, 2021 Attendees: 45
A seminar was organized to help students know more about the EY Scholarship program with Megha Gupta (Associate Director of Cooperate Talent Team) and Rakhi Bhatia (Assisting Cooperate HR Team). They shared some of their great insights from their time with EY, as well as spoke to the students about the EY scholarship program, eligibility, and selection criteria.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY ERNST & YOUNG
December 2, 2021
The speakers Mr. Rohit Verma (Tax Partner) & Ms. Anusha K (Advanced Tax Analyst) gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies. Mr. Rohit briefed students about EY highlighting it as a well-known tax consultancy organisation. The participants were informed about the importance of digitization in the tax business. Ms. Anusha presented the work profile and job descriptions at EY.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY ZOO MEDIA
December 10, 2021
Ms. Tanima Dhawan, HR Director briefed students about Zoo Media. Ms. Dhawan spoke about the organizational structure, hierarchy, culture, and its core beliefs. Ms. Dhawan highlighted Zoo Media's rapid career development and preferment plans.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY PWC
December 13, 2021
Mr. Shreyas Petkar, Partner Risk Assurance, shared PwC's legacy of being one of the Fortune's Best Companies for the 16th Consecutive Year, providing tremendous opportunities on a global scale, and introducing courses such as Robotics and AI. Mr. Shreyas discussed contracts and compliance, financial services risk, and other relevant aspects of a career in PwC.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY DEUTSCHE BANK
December 18, 2021
Mr. Rakesh Chawla, Director of Group Finance, commenced the symposium by providing a brief introduction to Deutsche Bank, and its various functions. He enlightened all the students about the social work the bank has been doing apart from its core business. Mr. Chawla talked about their ADP program where they recruit directly from college.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY NEWFOLD DIGITAL
December 20, 2021
Ms. Radhika Satwalekar, Associate Sales Manager, and Ms. Kavya Gupta, University Relations Officer - Human Resource gave an overview of the company and how it helps a business to go online along with developing products that are required for running business websites.
INVESTMENTS AND PERSONAL FINANCE FOR BEGINNERS SESSION
December 21, 2021
A session to help beginners learn in detail about investments and trading was conducted by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Placement Cell of H.R. College in association with Namita Invest India. Mrs. Namita Patel informed the students about the various modes of investing, the importance of balancing portfolios, and the role that risk appetite plays.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL
December 27, 2021
Mr. Arshish Kavarana – Senior Director (Head - Occupier Consulting & Digital Initiatives) commenced by discussing the impact of the pandemic on the corporate sector. The students were also informed about the company's prior CSR efforts, which helped the employees, engage with each other. To provide candidates with information about the selection process, an explanation of the recruitment process and compensation structure was provided.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY JP MORGAN
January 4, 2022
Ms. Gurneet Mendhiratta (Executive Director), Ms. Ananya Sharma (Campus Recruiter), Mr. Sanil Chaudhari (Associate), Mr. Pratik Bhat (Associate), and Ms. Tejashree Dautpure (Associate), Ms. Sia Karki (Analyst) enlightened the students about the working of the company. Ms. Tejashree and Mr. Sanil told the students about commercial banking and investment banking respectively. The meeting concluded with Ms. Ananya discussing the selection process and the criteria for the same.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY SUTHERLAND
January 19, 2022
Ms. Darshana More, Campus Recruiter narrated how Sutherland is an experience-led digital transformation company and she shared the thirty-five-year-old history of the firm and how it has progressed in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at a global level. Moreover, she told the candidates about the company's achievements and the markets they work in, banking, financial services, travel, technology, etc.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY DELTAX
January 24, 2022
Nishchitha Uchil (Hiring Team), Khyati Sahoo (Talent Lead), and Rishi Gautam (Growth Specialist) enlightened the students about the working of the company. Mr. Rishi mentioned that the company is looking forward to resolving problems on daily basis and reinstated that the organization will assist the students in building their profession and understanding the industry.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY AROMATAN PRIVATE LTD.
January 29, 2022
Mr. Taha Nabee, the Co-Founder, commenced by introducing the company to the students. He went on to describe Aromatan Private Ltd. as a house of brands that focuses on building a global market for perfumery, originating in India. Mr.Taha talked about how the company aims to put India on the map of global perfumery, for which it seeks young talents.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY GENPACT
January 31, 2022
Mr. Monesh Lodaya (Director) and Priyanka Pathak (Assistant Manager) gave a brief introduction about the company and its policies. In the course of the session, the students were familiarized with the various clients of the company and how Genpact acts as their trusted advisors or their problem-solving partners.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY SCHBANG
February 11, 2022
Ms. Radhika Raheja (Development Manager) of Schbang began her talk by introducing the company and its primary objective of bringing various integrated marketing solutions under one roof. Ms. Radhika briefed the students about Digital and Business Transformation, Technology & Design, Digital Content Creation & SEO, Video Production & Photography, Consumer Centricity and Branding, and Media Planning & Buying in Schbang. She stressed the profiles on offer such as Influencer Relationship Management & PR & Integrated Solutions Marketing. The seminar closed with a discussion of two case studies and a round of Q&A.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY GRANT THORNTON
February 15, 2022
Ms. Sheetal Jerath Sharma (Human Resource Transformation Expert) began the meeting with a quick introduction of herself, followed by a synopsis of the meeting's agenda. She discussed the organization's major business units, which include Assurance, Risk, Tax, and Growth (ARTG), and opportunities for employment in areas such as financial accounting, human resources, marketing, and so forth.
The students learned about the organization's CSR, which focused on education, employee health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and environmental stewardship. Ms. Sheetal then went through a few key firm policies, which included womentorship, unlimited, leave, a 10-day appreciation break over Christmas and New Year, and work from anywhere policy. The session ended with an interactive Q&A.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY AVNIRO GROUP
April 4, 2022
Mr. Deepak Nachnani (CEO and Co-founder), Tanvi Menghani (Marketing Manager), and Aishwarya Jain (Lead Product Evangelist) were introduced and later discussed the metaverse, digitalization, and other topics, as well as emphasizing the importance of practical knowledge over theoretical knowledge.
Ms. Tanvi explained the Engati platform, which assists many industries such as logistics and education by providing an automated chat system to keep their clients satisfied, which answers all related questions at any time and on any social media platform. Ms. Aishwarya Jain highlighted the platform PeopleHum, which employs powerful AI and predictive HR analytics to give actionable insights to help businesses transform. Mr. Nachnani concluded by outlining the steps to success in the firm and conducting an interactive Q&A session to address the student's concerns.
PRE-PLACEMENT TALK BY INTERACTIVE BROKERS
April 20, 2022
Ms. Harshal Phand, Corporate HR introduced the company and gave its history and work. The company is not only a product-based company but also a software developer and in business for the last 44 years. She briefly introduced herself and spoke of her experience working with the company. She stressed the importance of the NISM certification, which will give the students a total background check of the profile offered.
She explained how the profile differs from those of other companies, as well as the allowances and benefits prospective employees offered to the employees.
Some of the engagements of the Placement Cell activities include:
- Summer Internship Season (April-June)
- Articleship Season (July-August)
- Winter Internship (October-November)
- Articleship Season (January-March)
- Final Placement Season (commences in September)
- Ernst and Young Scholarship Program
- Ernst and Young Certification course “CAFTA” – Certification in Applied Finance, Treasury and Analytics
- Cargill Scholarship Program
- Guest Lectures by corporates
- HR Pulse Sessions: A Flagship Program of the Placement Cell grooming the students on life skills like Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Cracking the Group discussion and Networking for the future.
- KPMG Pulse Session
- HR Pulse Sessions
- KPMG Ideation Challenge (KIC)
- KPMG Campus Ambassador Programme
The college strongly believes in exposing students to various sections of the society and encourages them to pursue at least one corporate internship as well as one NGO internship in the three years of their degree programme. The Corporates and the Students approach appreciate the Placement Cell, for its process driven approach.
The Placement Cell Team comprises of 30+ dedicated members diligently working under the guidance of Dr. Navin Mukesh Punjabi, Vice-Principal and Director of the Placement Cell. Together, they not only work towards providing that extra fuel to drive the career choices of the students but also assist them in choosing the perfect role that suits them the best at the corporate level through on-campus job opportunities.
"The ultimate aim of any degree should be application of knowledge to solve real life problems and the Placement Cell strives hard to make students realize their true potential, be it taking up a job or starting a new venture. We strongly believe in empowering students to decide what they want to do in their careers by giving them the right platform to explore, grow, and achieve what they want to do in life. We echo the vision of Placement Cell ‘Linking campus to careers.’ “We strongly orient our students to take up a job role, if they feel they will be able to do justice to it and spend reasonable time in that role, where they not only get to learn but also contribute to the organization they join and make a name for themselves,” says Dr. Navin Mukesh Punjabi, Vice-Principal and Director Placements.