Saturday, March 08, 2008

XLRI takes a big leap with huge offers

From Economic Times

KOLKATA: XLRI Jamshedpur’s final placements for the batch of 2008 drew to a close with 298 offers being made to 180 students. A total of 12 international offers were made at an average of $90,000, with the highest offer coming in at $100,000. Domestic offers scaled a high of Rs 28 lakh while the average domestic offer stood at Rs 14.75 lakh.

First-time recruiters on campus included the likes of JM Financial, Barclays, Kotak, 8 Capital Hedge Fund, Centrum and Aptivaa among others. 8 Capital Hedge Fund recruited exclusively from XLRI.

As expected, finance ruled the roost with around 31% of the offers made in this domain by global and domestic biggies like Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, JM Financial, HSBC, Citibank, Barclays, Deutsche Equities, Standard Chartered, 8 Capital Hedge Fund, ICICI Bank, Icra, Kotak and Centrum among others.

“Some even chose to offer treasury roles at their offices in London, Toronto, and Bahrain,” said XLRI placement committee chairman Uday Damodaran.

Consulting roles too, were offered in plenty by names like McKinsey, Accenture, The Hay Group, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Mercer, PWC, Hewitt Associates, Deloitte and Aptivaa. Around 21% of the students accepted these offers which were spread across verticals like strategy, banking and financial services, human resources, risk management, among others.

Global FMCG majors too lined up for placements with companies such as Procter and Gamble, Hindustan Unilever, Johnson and Johnson, Colgate Palmolive, Nestle, Cadbury, Asian Paints, Reckitt Benckiser, Marico, Glaxo Smithkline and ITC offering positions to 23% of the batch in sales, branding and marketing (with international locations).

Notably, global sales and strategy were offered as lateral entry positions by such IT majors as Infosys and HCL Technologies. General management roles also proved popular with names like TAS, Al Ghanim, The Aditya Birla Group, The Hinduja Group, Essar and The Murugappa Group, offering both national and international roles. Approximately 14% of the batch snapped up offers in this arena.

Another 11% were made lucrative offers by technology sector companies like Microsoft, HCL, Infosys, Cognizant and Wipro, who offered lateral roles for students with previous experience in handling information services.

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