Chennai: The Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF), apremiere teaching institute of the London School of Economics & Political Science’s (LSE) in India, organized a regional webinar on ‘Global Careers in Economics, Management and Finance’ for the high-school students of Tamil Nadu on last week, and received an overwhelming response from them.
The one and a half-hour session, specially organized for students from the state, saw more than 110 students from the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode and Madurai, witness an insightful keynote address by Mr Vikas Newatia, CEO, RSA India, one of the world’s leading general insurers, as well as an engaging session by Mr Chiraag Mehta, Associate Director, ISBF, a former investment banker and consultant with World Bank’s education team.
Students from the following prominent schools, among others, participated in the webinarwereCPS Global School – Chennai, MCTM Chidamabaram Chettyar International School – Chennai, Vaels international School – Chennai, The Velammal international School – Chennai, Velammal Bodhi Residential School – Madurai and Yuvabharathi Public School – Coimbatore.
Mr. Newatia during his opening keynote pointed to the criticality of sharpening life-skills such as ‘problemsolving’ while pursuinghigher educationand believed that the University of London courses taught by ISBF, provided exactly that. He also delved deeper into the life of an Actuary and how exciting and relevant it was in solving the pressing issues of the world. “Actuaries and Actuarial Sciences is helping find out the financial impact of COVID-19. That is how real-life impact an Actuary can make. Which is why its scope in India has been growing significantly over the years.”
Engaging with students in the second half of the session, Mr. Chiraag Mehta, elaborated on the range of career options available for students taking up courses in Economics, Management & Finance, citing his own example of having worked in Advertising, Investment Banking and now Education Management.
Responding to a question from a student on whether a career in Finance was accounting based or economics based, he said, “ it is based on accounting but heavily interrelated with economics and a sound understanding of economics will always be helpful.”
Over 90% of attendees were from Class XI while 35% were Class XII students. Among their preferred career choices the largest percentage of about 35% wanted to take up a Management course in college.