Shikhar Rai, MBA CPM (2017-2019), Placed at Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Pvt Ltd.

Shikhar Rai
MBA CPM (2017-2019)
Placed at Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Pvt Ltd.

My Father is a Retired Construction Professional with PSU Sector. During my Schooling, I visited many of his projects, few of which are Thermal Plants and Dams. Thus, Engineering was a obvious choice for me and, only Civil Engineering was in my strong zone of studies from Schooling, so I took my career path in this direction.

Any advice to students considering joining RICS SBE?
Doing Engineering just opens doors for a smaller part of Construction World, but after studying in RICS SBE, everyone gets a jump start in the career and we become part of Larger Management which is the driving and decision-making part of Construction World. So, joining RICS SBE will never be a wrong decision, if you dedicate yourself towards learning for 2 years.

How did the MBA program at RICS SBE help you?
Program polished my management knowledge and skills, and gave me placement opportunities in some world-renowned companies like Mott McDonald, CBRE, TCE and Shapoorji Pallonji. And now I am a part of Shapoorji Pallonji Family, 2nd largest Contractor Firm in Country.

How was life at RICS SBE? (Campus, faculty, activities, events)
Amity campus and its facilities are world-class, that's the feeling I got when I joined. Faculties at RICS SBE are very helpful, accessible and always guided us on the right path in our studies and future career options. Sports are the other activities I was mostly involved with for the SBE and Class/Department which were organized time to time.

Share experiences from work life.
Currently, I’m working on ITPO-IECC Project in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi as Deputy Manager-Planning. The influx of knowledge and learning on this Project is in form of an exponential curve, the pressure is also great due to G20 Summit Deadline which brings best out from everyone on Project. During my work life here, I also have got the chance to give tour of site and explain Planning of Project to my Junior batches from RICS SBE which feels great, that I'm giving something back to my Alma Mater.

What was your experience while studying at RICS SBE?
Has completely transformed me, made me a confident man, carved out a manager and leader in me and one thing that got improved is my public speaking skills.

What were you doing before coming to RICS SBE?
I did my schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya's, where many kids of Defence personnel's studied and is my friend. They showed me a career path of Combat Engineers in Army so I prepared for one year for Defence Services after completing engineering and before joining RICS SBE.

Where did you get placed?
Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Limited as Management Trainee in Planning Domain.

Where did you intern? How did the internship help you?
I interned with NPCC Ltd., a PSU and got practical knowledge of Commercial, Billing and Contracts domain in Industry,  which I studied as a part of my Course.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I think, I'll be just at the door of Senior Management Position and is confident that in the next 7 years, I will be a part of Top Management.


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