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Making a success in industry is an art where it is crucial to understand the underlying challenges of business. Students at FORE have the opportunity to network with over 7000 alumni who are well placed in multiple sectors of India, and in fact the world.  In order to showcase this, the FORE Alumni Network organized  Rendezvous ‘16 on 2nd December, 2016.  Four distinguished Alumni formed a panel where they shared the experience of their journey from the campus to the corporate world.  Students were inspired by the success of the alumni and their views on how they should make a success in industry.


Mr. Vinny Aggarwal, Director - Standard Charted Bank, opened the dialogue by sharing the challenges he had faced in business and the banking sector. He encouraged students to never stop experimenting with options and being open to learning. FORE students, he felt are of high quality and are able to take smart business decisions and become change agents.


The next speaker, Lt. Col. Ashutosh Singh, AVP Lenskart, had a spirited discussion with the students where he reinforced the need for students to single out the one passion that differentiates them from the others.  With great enthusiasm he addressed the issues that students deal with when making career choices.  Students need to be sensitive to the culture and environment of the organization. He also emphasized the need for students to be ethical at their work place and maintain a work-life balance.


Mr. Aakarshan Mookim, Head Business Finance - Macmillan Education, spoke about employment and its new definition – the need to be always employable. Constantly reinvent oneself, find new ways to update oneself and get real on expectations.  He advised students to establish an environment of trust while learning the skills of negotiation and flexibility.


Mr. Shrikant Kothari, Chief Information Officer of Microsoft - India, quipped with a remark that “What keeps us alive is the element of curiosity”. He recommended against following the herd and emphasised the role of execution in every domain. He also placed emphasis on having "skill plus will" and encouraged everyone to show their freshness and enthusiasm while applying for jobs.


The event concluded with Dr. Freda Swaminathan urging students to network with alumni and prepare themselves well to play an effective role in industry.  She thanked the speakers for sharing their valuable insights with the students and encouraged students to make their choices wisely as they shape the future.


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