When you are in the process of completing your graduation in commerce or have just completed it, the first thing that comes to your mind is – What should I do now?
Even if this is not the case, people breathing down your neck force you to ask this question to yourself.
Being a second-year Bachelor of Commerce’s student myself, the fact that I don’t know ‘my calling’ scares me more as days pass.
But I know for a fact, that my short term goal would be to sit in my college placements and at the least get some work experience up my sleeves.
This not only gives you the in-office work experience but also helps you give clarity in deciding which field interests you in particular.
So being a student at Delhi University, which companies should I sit for in the coming months? Some companies are known for offering appealing perks, great pay, and friendly workplace culture – so it’s no surprise that undergraduate commerce students find the search behemoth to be the most desirable employer.
As the placement season approaches these are the companies you should pursue after completing your graduation in commerce in my opinion (not in order):
1. Ernst & Young (EY)
Founded in 1849, Ernst & Young, most commonly referred to as E & Y or EY, is the world’s third largest professional services firm.
The company offers the profile of Assurance Associate to undergraduate students which in simple terms belongs to the field of Auditing.
The interview usually takes place in 4 stages with an online test, HR Interview, and two technical interviews. This four-way interview or a three-way process is usually the same as all the Big 4 companies.
Do make sure you attend the pre-placement talk to know more about the job profile the company is offering.
2. KPMG India and KPMG Global Services
Headquartered in Amstelveen, Netherlands, KPMG is the last of Big Four firms. In the financial year 2012 and 2013, the company recorded revenue of a little more than 23 billion dollars.
The profile offered by KPMG India for commerce undergraduates includes
- Analyst- Risk Consulting- Forensic Counterparty Due Diligence (CDD) Analyst,
- Risk Consulting – Governance Risk & Compliance Services (GRCS) and
- Analyst – Audit while
- KPMG Global Services offer the profile of Audit Associate.
3. D. E. Shaw
The D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm that has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff.
Among the range of advantages that this company offers, include independence, intelligent co-workers, immense opportunities and an excellent pay package. The only downside could be the fact that their office is in Hyderabad.
The profiles they offer at the undergraduate level include Associate – Financial Research and Associate – Research. They are fanatical and extremely selective about hiring, as they select for a particular personality type: extremely intelligent, rigorously logical, and almost academically articulate.
Genpact Enterprise Risk Consulting; LLP – A 100% subsidiary of Genpact is a specialist risk & compliance firm offering governance and risk consulting services to clients across the globe.
The company usually offers a position of ‘Risk Analyst’ which is pretty different from the work taken up in the first four companies.
So if you are looking at a different profile to suit your career plan, Genpact will prove to be a great option.
Deloitte is a UK-incorporated multinational professional services network and is one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals.
Usually, Deloitte USI offers the profile of Audit Assistant at their Gurgaon office which again is related to work in Auditing while Deloitte India offers the profile of Regulatory & Operational Risk: Analyst.
Most companies require you have to a minimum of 6.5 CGPA over the time period of 2 years. So make you focus on your academics as well as extra-curricular.
PwC, most commonly referred to as PricewaterhouseCoopers, is a multinational firm that offers services ranging from tax advisory, financial advisory, audit, actuarial, consulting and legal services.
PwC has been continuously ranked first in Vault’s survey of the most prestigious accounting firms, followed by Deloitte, EY and KPMG.
They have not hired from colleges in Delhi University this year but they still remain amongst the top on our list. You can definitely consider applying at PwC through off-campus in order to land a fancy job.
7. The likes of American Express and Grant Thornton
These two companies rank highly amongst the options for B.Com Hons students. While Grant Thronton is just behind the Big 4 in their respective field, Amex is ranked amongst the elite.
Both of these companies haven’t been to many campuses in the past, at least I haven’t heard about these companies recruiting from Tier 2 colleges in DU.
But you should definitely apply off-campus. The trick is to take good advantage of LinkedIn and to constantly check their career pages for any fresher job openings.
All in all, there are various companies you can apply to, but this also depends on your college’s placement cell and the type of company they are able to attract to recruit students from your college.
Make sure that your CV is up to date and your academic scores decent enough. Mock interviews go a long way in helping you with your placement interviews. We wish you the best for the upcoming placement season!
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