Today we have Aswathi, who got into Microsoft( Full time) Associate Consultant while she attended GHCI Career Fair in her final year of Engineering. Let’s hear it from Aswathi on her journey from Normal Engineering College to One of the Software giants of the world! Could you Introduce yourself to our readers?
Aswathi- I am Aswathi, recent graduate of Government Engineering College, Sreekrishnapuram and majored in Computer Science. I am currently placed in Microsoft India Global Delivery.
What made you to apply for this?
To clarify, I am not a GHCI Scholar. I was a participant of the Career Fair.
I knew about GHCI from Arya Murali at a Tinker Hub meet up in Kochi. But by the time I knew, I had already passed the deadlines for GHCI Scholar applications. I was pretty bummed out about it. But I was just in time to apply for the Career Fair. I went ahead and registered for the Career Fair(which is independent of the conference) and went on to attend it.
Heard you got into Microsoft Job during GHCI. Congrats on that. How did that happen?
Thanks! All thanks to the Career Fair at GHCI. As a part of the Career Fair, we are required to upload our resumes onto their database, a few months before the event itself. I was approached by Microsoft to take part in their online screening test. Having passed that, I was called to attend the interview at their Bangalore office. It was a pretty long day! We had three rounds of interviews, both technical and HR. Technical tested our application level skills. They covered almost all the core topics in our syllabus. HR was extensive, it brought out the real you. The last round I would regard as kind of a stress interview! By the end of the day, they offered me a full time position 🙂
Nice. Could you tell more about Career Fair?
Sure. It’s important to note that the Career Fair is an independent event at GHCI. It is open to all fourth year students. You do not have to be a scholar to participate. In fact, you don’t even have to be there in person if you can’t make it. You can still take part. The registration is separately done and it’s a free entry.
All you have to do is upload your resume onto their database. And the companies will approach you!
Oh, the companies? Google, Microsoft, Amazon, SAP, Visa, Adobe, HP, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Bloomsberg, Morgan Stanley and the list goes on!
Some companies will contact you via email. You may have to go through online screening tests on CoCubes or HackerRank etc. If they select you, you will further be called for in person or telephonic interviews. I did go through a few online screening tests, one telephonic interview and one in-person interview.
At the Career Fair, all the companies have stalls set up where you can take part in quizzes, competitions, puzzles and games. It’s a lot of fun! You’ll end up going home with a hand full of goodies! Besides that, you can also apply for interviews at the stalls.
Do apply for it, and do take part in it. It really is a life changing experience 🙂
Could you mention some of activities which you were part of in college? Have you won any other Scholarship/Opportunities while in college?
I participated in quite a few workshops and talks. One of them worth mentioning was the Women Hackathon by ICFOSS. I did help conduct and coordinate events at our college like workshops, techfests etc. I was also the Chairman of the FOSS Cell in my college.
What advice will you give a First year/second year student(For having a good career/collegelife/…)
Firstly, start exploring and learning. Pick up new skill sets as and when you go. Keep rolling out new projects. There are extensive resources available, just make the best of them.
Take part in every event that interests you. Be it workshops, talks or competitions, anything. Technical or non-technical. You will gain immense knowledge and will help you a lot. The other perspective of this is networking. Networking is very important. You get to meet a lot of people and know what’s happening. It opens windows of opportunities.
Another thing that one should be involved is in coordinating events. Organise and conduct events in or outside your college. This helps not only networking, but also builds your soft skills which isn’t seen commonly. With experience you get better at communication, time handling, management, finance, basically every aspect of organising an event.
Don’t be lazy! Don’t be reluctant cause you don’t have ‘company’. Find people, go places.
Essentially, all of this also contributes to building a good(really good) resume. By the end of your third year, you should have a very exciting resume to present.
And most importantly, marks do matter. CGPA does matter. Do not in any case compromise on studies or marks.
What are some of the things for college students to explore while in college? Could you give some insights
Firstly, I guess this goes without saying, don’t stick to the syllabus, explore and learn. Explore all the fields that are dominant in the current time. Try your hand at everything, app development, web development, ML etc. When you find something that interests you, and dig deeper. Do projects of your own, no matter how simple it may be.
Take part in hackathons, workshops, talks and not just for ‘credits’. Legit good ones, even if it means you’ve got to travel or stay.
There are also a lot of developer communities that one can be involved with.
Volunteering is also a great way to build networks and pick up skills.
Thank you for your Time Aswathi. It was great talking to you. I am sure your story would inspire many to go out and get opportunities like you.
The conversation happened with Felix and Aswathi over email.
Final and pre-final year female students can upload their resume here for Career Fair. If found eligble you would be one who is going to be interning/ full-time job in top companies coming for the next career fair!