2 INTRODUCTION The commendable response that RICS School of Built Environment received for its first placement session has left an impressive mark. But this is not surprising for someone inside RICS SBE. Right from the beginning we were sure about the results. This is merely a proof to the outside world that what we say is we do. The journey of RICS SBE that begun with the support of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India and 200 leading companies across sectors has now reached an important milestone. About 70 leading companies actively participated in the campus placement that begun in early December These included renowned firms including real estate developers, global and domestic real estate consulting, construction consulting, banks and housing finance institutions, construction firms, private equity funds, facility management firms and global investment banks. The process began long before the actual placements took place. Companies visited for pre placement talks to update students about the job profiles they were offering and handpick students that best suited their roles. With student interest & preference being the primary driver, the placement team helped students in narrowing their choices. Also the students were given an opportunity to sit for multiple relevant employers. The stringent placement process comprised of various rounds to be cleared before shortlisting. Group discussions, technical interviews, personal interviews and at times interviews at the employer s office were part of the process, before the final selection. Students were evaluated on their knowledge and acumen acquired during the various projects and internships. Practical and theoretical knowledge both were put to test. After this process,skill-set matching between employer needs and student skills was done. As much as 85% of the batch was placed within the first 15 days. Given the quality of our students, the companies who came in early got the advantage to hire. Many companies, who came in after the placement fortnight, were forced to leave empty handed. Also students with multiple job offers were guided by theplacement team to evaluate their choices based on the organization, their role and remuneration. Today RICS School of Built Environment needs no introduction amongst students. Its achievements stand as a testimony for its integral performance. Have a look inside to know more. 6
3 100% 85% BATCH PLACED HIGHLIGHTS BATCH PLACED WITHIN FIRST 15 DAYS OF PLACEMENT PROCESS 5-15 DECEMBER COMPANIES PARTICIPATED 34 GOT THE CHANCE TO HIRE.7 INR 6.7 LACS P.A. AVERAGE CTC OFFERED INR 13 LACS P.A. HIGHEST CTC OFFERED 34 13
4 KEY EMPLOYERS The participating companies were a diverse mix of different sub-sectors within built environment. Leading real estate developers, international property consulting firms, construction & infrastructure companies, banks and housing finance institutions as well as top research and consulting firms came to the campus for placements. Banks & Financial Services 9% Real Estate Development 38% 20% Construction Consulting Firms 11% 22% IPC
5 SOME OF THE TOP EMPLOYERS THAT HIRED OUR STUDENTS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING CONSULTING FIRMS KPMG JONES LANG LASALLE CBRE DTZ COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD KNIGHT FRANK LIASES FORAS REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION FIRMS LEIGHTON INDIA CONTRACTORS SHAPOORJI PALLONJI DLF TATA HOUSING MAHINDRA LIFESPACE DEVELOPERS AKSHAYA HOUSING RAHEJA DEVELOPER SUPERTECH LIMITED BANKS & FINANCIAL SERVICES HDFC REALTY MICRO HOME FINANCE MAGMA HOUSING FINANCE NISUS FINANCE SERVICES
6 DIVERSITY OF JOBS ADVISORY SERVICES VALUATION CONSULTING Sales, marketing, leasing Finance Project Management Contracts Right from the start, I was more into numbers. So I did my internship in valuation in DTZ where I landed up with the job offer. SHASHANK VASHISHTHA MBA REUI ADVISORY & VALUATION, DTZ I developed good finance and analytical skills that are required in valuations at RICS SBE. Thus I got a break with CBRE in the valuations & consulting. AAKASH GARG, MBA REUI VALUATION & CONSULTING, CBRE
7 Advisory Services Valuation Consulting SALES, MARKETING, LEASING FINANCE Project Management Contracts NIKHIL KRISHNA KUMAR TENANT ADVISORY CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD I will work in the advisory vertical of an IPC and apply my knowledge to meet tenant s requirements. Starting a career with HDFC in the home finance department is something only few can talk about. I am fortunate enough to be one of them. SANCHIT GARG MBA REUI HOME FINANCE, HDFC RICS SBE polished my financial abilities rigorously over the past two years. Getting placed with LiasesForas as a financial analyst is the result of that. AMIT SHARMA, MBA REUI FINANCIAL ANALYST, LIASESFORAS
8 Advisory Services Valuation Consulting Sales, marketing, leasing Finance PROJECT MANAGEMENT Contracts When I began my learning at RICS SBE I dreamt of starting my career with a renowned brand. Today that dream has been fulfilled. Tata Housing is one of the most respectable name in the field of real estate construction. ROHIT DHIMAN, MBA CPM PROJECT MANAGER, TATA HOUSING My internship at Afcons during my MBA helped me a great deal in the interview with Shapoorji Pallonji. Starting my career with them is a big achievement. AFNAN HASAN, MBA CPM PROJECT MANAGER, SHAPOORJIPALLONJI I always wanted to work as a MEP in one of the leading construction firms. With an MBA from RICS SBE this was made possible. I will start my career from a threshold that is achieved only after some years of practical work experience. RAGHAV PARASHAR, MBA CPM MEP, LEIGHTON INDIA CONTRACTORS
9 Advisory Services Valuation Consulting Sales, marketing, leasing Finance PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS Getting selected in Mahindra Lifespace Developers in the contracts division was never possible without the sincere efforts of my college. RICS SBE made this possible for me. NIKITA JAISWAL, MBA CPM PROJECT CONTRACTS, MAHINDRA LIFESPACE DEVELOPERS This is a role that will help me apply my sales and marketing skills in bidding for a renowned contractor. SHUBHAM AGGARWAL BD CONTRACTS LEIGHTON INDIA CONTRACTORS
10 HARSH MADAN MBA REUI Financial Analyst at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) INR 11 lac CTC Before doing my MBA, I was an Engineer by qualification and an IT professional by profession. When I got to know about RICS SBE, I did a thorough research before joining because leaving behind a fulltime job was not easy. I am glad I decided upon my MBA in Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure (REUI) from RICS SBE. Experience My placement experience was exciting and rewarding. Though there was initial anxiety but individual attention given from senior management, dedicated coordinators and prior intimation of list of companies helped a lot. I have specific requirements which were understood by the management and then mentoring was done for specific purpose. The process had different rounds: 1. Initial Introductory HR round 2. Technical Interview 3. Client Interview with Brookfield - CFO 4. Client Interview : Brookfield Operation Head Faculty and management helped and supported me in early joining during my last semester as per requirements of client. I think I was selected because of acquired experience in real estate & finance and my experience in IT in enterprise applications. Result I applied for KPMG and JLL. I got selected in JLL for project Brookfield (real estate private equity project) as Financial Analyst. I am still new and getting settled in my new role at JLL. Though work is too much but I am at the right place and getting a lot of exposure.
11 MOHAMMAD YUNUS MBA REUI Manager (Sales & Marketing) at Akshaya Housing INR 13 lac CTC I was an IT graduate with a year s experience in the business analytics division of an IT firm. But my dreams brought me to RICS SBE. What followed was a unique journey of learning, exploring and skilling spread across two years. Experience Real estate cannot be taught with books alone, so on an average we had one site visit in every two weeks, followed by guest lectures by eminent industry stalwarts. I think this helped me sharpen my skill set and gave me in-depth understanding of this field which in turn helped me in the placement process. I applied in three companies TATA Housing, Akshaya and Mahindra Lifespace Developers. I was selected in two TATA Housing and Akshaya after the initial screening, group discussion followed by personal interview. Throughout the process I received valuable help by faculty and mentorship team. They provided guidance on improving my soft skills and presenting my knowledge in a refined manner. All this I believe, helped me bag the offer of a Manager (Sales & Marketing) at 13 lac CTC with Akshaya. Result I think they selected me because of RICS pedigree, my unique specialized degree in real estate, my communication skills and analytical abilities. I think very few specialized MBA graduates from other institutes can boast about such an achievement in their campus placement.
12 AYUSH JAIN MBA CPM Executive Advisory (Risk Consulting) at KPMG From a very small age I was fascinated about breath taking structures and buildings and thought what goes into making them. To pursue my interest I did civil engineering but after engineering I realized that merely technical skills would not help me make a successful career in this field. So to equip myself with managerial skills that were relevant to my sector I chose an MBA in Construction Project Management (CPM) from RICS SBE. Experience When the placements began, I was in UK at the University of Salford for a student exchange program. Many construction industry leaders and multinational companies from across the globe visited the campus to provide placement opportunities to the potential students. RICS SBE made it a point that all students get equal and fair opportunity to apply in the companies of their choices and interest. For this, they organized Skype sessions for students like me (who were abroad) to prepare them for their interviews. Having an exposure of studying in an international university (one semester at University of Salford) and working in a real estate consultancy firm in U.K (during the same time), I wanted to work in an international consultancy company. I applied for KPMG and I gave my interview through Skype. Result I got selected in KPMG which is a really big achievement for me. I would say that the performance of a student in an interview is not merely based on last two weeks learning but it s about the knowledge inculcated throughout the course, management skills developed at the internship and competency gained through series of presentation, case studies and industry interaction.
13 INSPIRING STORIES Shashank Vashistha MBA REUI Advisory & Valuation, DTZ I worked really hard and sincerely during my internship. Impressed with my performance; DTZ extended me a PPO (Pre Placement Offer) with a good package which I gladly accepted. I am really thankful to RICS SBE for providing an excellent platform to get a reputed job and begin my career with a top IPC....read more Aakash Garg MBA REUI Valuations & Consulting, CBRE I had good financial and analytical skills, which got sharpened at RICS SBE. Also my internship with JLL in the valuation department helped me crack some tough questions during interview. CBRE had several rounds in the placement process. The introduction round was followed by an indepth technical interview. After which I was called for technical interview at CBRE s office with the director. Then I cleared a written test which was followed by a final HR interview......read more
14 Bhanu Sharma MBA CPM Project Manager, Knight Frank RICS SBE has been conducive in making my learning experience productive and rich. I applied for three companies and got my dream job profile in Knight Frank in the PMC vertical. I was questioned on cost and project management, contracts managements, my internship experience at JLL, site observations and value addition to projects. I think they selected me because of my leadership ability, technomanagerial skills, problem solving approach, clarity in thoughts, a good combination of analytical ability and sound communication skills....read more Ankit Johri MBA REUI Consulting, Nisus Finance Services My placement experience was fairly unique. It s easy to accept a good placement offer but to choose between two equally good offers is difficult. I got shortlisted in Cushman & Wakefield and Nisus Finance Services. While Cushman & Wakefield is a big brand, Nisus Finance allows for more learning and exposure. After much contemplation and guidance from the mentorship team I made my choice....read more
15 Shubham Pandey MBA CPM Project Manager, Leighton India Contractors Learning by doing is the best practice in the construction industry. Site visits and case studies provide us with the understanding of current industry status, new trends, policies and technology, which helped me a lot during both internship and placement interviews. For the placement I applied in three companies and got shortlisted for Leighton India Contractors. I am very thankful to Mr. V. Paul C. Charlesraj for his support as a mentor and faculty guide during the entire program and especially during placement....read more Afnan Hasan MBA CPM Project Manager, Shapoorji Pallonji The support and mentorship RICS SBE provides is hard to find anywhere else. Each student is evaluated based on his/her interest areas and capabilities after which they are guided to apply for suitable companies. My mentor was Mrs. Ritu Ahuja who was elemental in getting me placed with Shapoorji Pallonji. I also did my internship at Afcons Infrastructure which is a subsidiary of ShapoorjiPallonji. My internship experience also helped me crack some of the tough questions....read more
16 POWER PACKED GIRLS Archana Veeramachaneni MBA REUI Mahindra Lifespace Developers See how a professional tennis player scored high in the real estate industry with a specialized MBA from RICS SBE. Archana Veera is a living example of a never-say-die spirit. Leaving behind her unsatiated dreams of being an international tennis player, she chose to do an MBA in REUI. Two years down the line, she is both satisfied and exhilarated about her future. Let s see what she has to say. Initially I was planning to go abroad to pursue my MBA in finance/hospitality. At that time, my father introduced me to RICS SBE. When I realized that I was being offered international level education within India I decided to go for it. Being a girl in a male-dominated class, I was worried initially. I also felt too young as some of my classmates had prior working experience. But after spending 3 semesters here I realized that as a girl, I have the same (if not more) chances to make a career in this industry. All I needed to do was work hard and confidently. The same is true for every girl out there. For my final placement, I wanted to work for an International Property Consultant (IPC) or a Developer. So I interviewed for Mahindra Lifespace Developers and CBRE. I got selected for Mahindra Lifespace Developers.
17 Ashita Jain MBA REUI Cushman & Wakefield Ashita was inclined towards commerce from the very beginning, so she did her B.Com Hons from Delhi University. In her summer break she interned with Colliers and this was her first introduction to the organized facet of the real estate industry. With a dream to make a career in the real estate industry she looked for a higher education in this field. Luckily she came across RICS SBE which is an industry led institute. The backing of industry experts motivated her to take up an MBA in REUI at RICS SBE. My journey at RICS SBE was an eye opener to the built environment industry. The scale of knowledge and experience I gained here is incomparable. During placements initially I was a bit apprehensive as there were only two girls in the crowd of 20 students sitting for the interview. But I had the confidence in my acquired knowledge and skills. Also I think working in the leasing section of Hines India during internship helped me in the landing up with the job offer. I believe if you are hardworking, confident and dedicated nothing can stop you from achieving success in this field. It is a male driven industry but women do get their chance to shine
18 Saumya Budhiraja MBA REUI Experion Coming from a Maths background, see how Saumya Budhiraja evolved her people skills and transformed from an introvert to a great communicator while learning at RICS SBE. So much so that during placements, employers found her more capable for Sales & Marketing role instead of behind the desk jobs like valuations. Know more about her story. When the companies came in for placements, I was determined to make my mark with my number skills. Though I was aware that I have picked up soft skills and people skills during the course of two years but I still felt more at ease with numbers. So I applied for valuations and asset management roles. What happened next, took me my surprise. 3 out of the four companies I applied for found my communication skills stronger. For instance, Supertech Limited offered me a Sales & Marketing role, so I declined. The same thing happened with Experion. I took help from my faculty and placement team. They made me understand that my number crunching skills coupled with my terrific communication skills will make me an asset for the employer in Sales & Marketing. When I realized this, I willingly took up the Sales & Marketing offer extended by Experion.
19 Aditi Sharma MBA CPM Knight Frank Coming from a construction business family, Aditi had this spark to create an identity in this industry. She decided to pursue an MBA in CPM from RICS SBE. In her final year, she also studied in the University of Salford, UK for one semester. All this, helped her bagged a job with one of the leading international consultancy firm, Knight Frank. I am grateful to RICS SBE to provide me an opportunity to study at the University of Salford, UK. It is one of the top universities offering construction program in UK. I also interned with Procure Plus while studying there which gave the exposure of advanced technologies used in UK. I think all this, helped me in my placement at Knight Frank. When the placement process started I was still in UK for the student exchange program. I was interviewed on skype and soon shortlisted. Now I am ready to make my mark in the industry. Being a girl, I do not feel inhibited and am ready to face challenges that come my way. In UK, I have seen girls as much capable as boys. This gives me the hope that this can happen in India as well. And to make this a reality, I will start with myself.
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