Introduction Day for new PGPBA Batch 2016-2018

Induction Day 1 at IGTC Bangalore of Batch 2016-18

Thursday 4th August 2016 saw the Fresher’s Batch (2016-18) of IGTC students and a well-armed cohort of staff and senior students come together for the IGTC’s 8th Induction Programme. A cloud of apprehensions, curiosities, hopes, doubts, and vagueness prevailed throughout the minds of the newly admitted army of professionals when they first entered the Training Centre. To many of us, Bengaluru was a new city and apart from knowing that it had the attributes of being ‘The Silicon Valley of India’ and ‘The Garden City of India’, we really didn’t know what to expect from a totally new and always buzzing city. There was always that feeling of unknowingness and possible inadaptability amongst us, but it all proved wrong with the wonderful sessions that followed.

The Induction program began with the programme co-ordinator Ms Anitha welcoming all us Freshers to the IGTC Family. She highlighted the importance and uniqueness of this course from the other courses which positively took away the apprehension about the institute’s recognition outside. This was followed by a brief insight about things that we were about to experience in the wonderful city of Bengaluru by Ms Supriya (intern at Siemens Technologies). The presentation was something unexpected with the seniors sharing their experiences with funny quotes about life at IGTC and the way to live it which lightened up the environment as well as our faces. We were now more curious and eager to know about this course as well as to explore the city to its maximum driving away the anxiety and fear of inadaptability among us.
Subsequently, two other senior colleagues shared their insights and personal experiences, namely Ms Deeksha (intern at Würth India ltd.) and Ms Rachana (intern at Ducker Worldwide), whom we had already encountered during the interview sessions and were active guides for us in and out of IGTC.

After this, we were asked to introduce ourselves with a brief timeline of events that unfolded before us joining this programme and this activity helped us in getting to know each other. It felt more like an extended family as many of us shared common interests like cooking, reading, travelling, playing etc.
This was followed by a fun filled interaction session with the German interns Aaron and Philip regarding respective cultural aspects of both nations. It was very informative, shaped our intercultural awareness and helped us know more about German Culture, their interests, history and a bit of their economy. This was important, owing to the many aspirations that we students had, one of which was working in Germany and getting to know their culture. It involved some quizzes and games played in groups which tested the little knowledge that we had about geographical and political Germany. Finally, a member from each group came forth and shared the knowledge and views about Germany from an Indian perspective.

After this, we enjoyed a delightful lunch which all of us relished and especially thank our seniors for the humble service they offered by helping us with it.

The day concluded with a detailed introduction to our course programme by Dr. Lawrence Peris who emphasized on the course structure and its vitality. Furthermore, he outlined the rules of management culture and gave us precious advice on how to approach our studies to reach success. With his long experience in business Dr. Peris perfectly understood the quality and perks of PGPBA. His sharing of knowledge was therefore a valuable experience for all of us which sharpened our professional attitude towards the programme and our future careers.

Induction Day 2: Mrs Roopa Kumar (Training on Personal Branding)

This dynamic lady entered the premises with a charming smile and envious confidence on her face. It immediately gave out positive vibes and within no time all of us were totally involved in the session. She spoke about imbibing values regarding personal ethics and skills that need to be given attention while in an organization. She also taught us the basics involving how to extend a perfect handshake with a confident smile. She spoke of the psychological presence of mind through intrinsic study of the human brain and emotions which could culminate in the individual we would eventually become. This not only instilled confidence but also brought out many individual attributes right out in the open.

Induction Day 3 & 4: Mrs Tejo Turner (Training on Branding and Soft Skills)

As per the view of most of us, this was thebest interactive session the many of us had in recent times.

When we were first told about this training, all of us were of the view that this would be just another normal training on soft skills like we have had before but the moment Mam walked in and spoke up for the first time, all of us were glued to her, mesmerised by her vocabulary and the way she went about things.

Her talks ranged from variety of subjects right from personality development to emotional intelligence with real life examples, stories, anecdotes and jokes. She taught us the etiquettes including table manners and interaction initiation methods. Many of us opened up about our own lives and experiences which proved that she was so right in her profession of psychology and training. She made us look into our own lives’ past, present and future through a different perspective which was quite enlightening for many of us.

We also were engaged in some strategic and logic games which tested our analytical skills to a certain limit. There was a mock interview in store for a few of us wherein she explained the criticalities involved when appearing for one.

She also shared some videos of real life personalities that made it big even during adversities which did nothing but only inspired us to be brave. Here are the lines from a beautiful song by Kenny Rogers named ‘The Gambler’ that she shared and which had an in-depth meaning about living one’s life, associated with it.

If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right
You’ve got to know when to hold them
Know when to fold them
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sitting at the table
There’ll be time enough for counting
When the dealing is done

Every gambler knows
That the secret to surviving
Is knowing what to throw away
And knowing what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
In your sleep

Like Orison Swett said, ‘Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work’ and that is what she left us with.

At the end of the day, we the students of IGTC, batch 2016-2018, couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of such a wonderful organisation and look forward to enjoying life at IGTC!

Here is what some of the students from the Freshers batch had to say after the Induction Programme:

          “Small things matter a lot!” This is exactly what we learnt in the induction programme which was well spread over a period of 4 days. The visiting faculties, our seniors and the IGTC faculty helped us gain vision about our careers. The business communication and soft skills seminar was a must, especially because we are at the start of our careers. I personally feel that the induction programme not only helped us strengthen our skill set, but also taught us to be honest and generous gentlemen in the near future. I would like to thank IGTC Bangalore for welcoming us not only to the IGTC family but also to the beautiful city of Bangalore.

Shaunak Dadhe (Intern at Lufthansa Technik Services)

         The Induction program gave us a priceless hope in believing in the course of what we were striving for. Although being a fresher, the extremely versatile induction program by IGTC has boosted our morale in ways we never thought. Nothing can go better as having highly educated intellects as our mentors. Even though it is a certification course, the range of practical knowledge combined with attributes of being on a top level management serves every fresher’s dream. I thank IGTC for this platform.

Varun Kulhalli (Intern with Ceratizit)

         I had this air of excitement when I entered the premises of IGTC for the first time as a fresher student and with the 4-day induction programme it became quite clear that the decision to join this institution was bang on!! Imust mention our deep sense of appreciation for the faculty at IGTC for organizing this wonderful event wherein we were taken through a series of inspiring programmes which definitely could not be planned overnight. Interactive sessions held by Rupa Mam and Tejo Mam teased our third eye. We have been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues who know their job and are result-oriented. Many thanks to IGTC for setting the stage for us and I would love to prove that ‘A good beginning makes a good ending’.

Shreyas Nair (Intern at Festo Controls)

         To start about IGTC I was bit nervous about the new phase of life that was set to begin and it was for the first time that I was staying away from my home town. But my point of view changed as I entered into a centre with extremely co-operative and supportive seniors and colleagues. That made me confident and prepared me for what was to come. As the session progressed I came to know more about everyone at IGTC as well as the city of Bangalore. The day went well with me learning many new things about Germany, their culture and values. The experience of the following days is almost close to impossible to explain in this tiny article but to sum it up it these were excellent sessions about interpersonal skills, etiquettes, personal branding mandatory for our future life in the corporate world by two very professional and experienced speakers namely Mrs Roopa Kumar and Mrs Tejo Turner. I’m glad to have been part of it and believe that I made the right decision at the right time.

Dhairya Jain

         I was a bit scared initially since this was a new place and involved interacting with unknown people but our seniors and faculty members guided us throughout the induction to make us feel comfortable and not out of place. Our soft skills trainers Mrs Roopa and Mrs Turner emphasized on the need to build up a personal brand and about self-definition and transparency being the key to it. They spoke about life at ease, being fearless, and shared thoughts and quotes, my favourite being “Don’t wait to strike until the iron is hot but make it hot by striking”. The entire batch of freshers are an interesting lot from varied places and I look forward to spending these 18 months with them to learn as well as to create some unforgettable memories.