Model Career Competition: breaking down business strategies
As narrated by Pratik Bapat
The Model Career Competition (MCC), a one-of-its-kind initiative by Talerang, concluded with a symphony of practical ideas that sounded through our minds. MCC is a unique idea that aims to create space for young minds to think independently. It seeks to give school and college students a Model United Nations (MUN) -like experience, revolving around discussing business matters. MCC 2.0 dealt with JetBlue, a US airline, and the problems and possibilities surrounding it. As the young minds dissected and cut through the complex web surrounding these topics, they were ably guided by the Talerang Team and the eminent panel of judges.
The eminent panel of judges included:
- Anjali Raina– Executive Director- Harvard Business School IRS
- Dhairya Roy– VP and Unit Head- Reliance Industries
- Shveta Raina- Founder and CEO, Talerang
- Aishwarya Chauhan– Director, Student Engagement, Talerang
The challenge was great, all committees: Finance, Marketing, Product, People, and Operations brainstormed and tested their ideas against a variety of questions: What future course should JetBlue take? How should it react to the Pandemic? What was David Neeleman’s (Jet Blue Founder) leadership style? Which experiences influenced him? And many others. Every committee looked at the problems through a different lens. The committee members were challenged by the fluidity of the business world when different questions introduced starkly different scenarios. Yet, all the committees deftly navigated through various scenarios without appearing to falter one bit.
The judges asked incisive and practical questions. The participants ably answered all the questions. Sometimes, with astounding clarity. Yet, as brilliant as the participants were, there were a few things missing in each presentation. The judges guided the young minds towards more effective ways of organizing, thinking, and presenting about not only business matters but also anything in life.
The crowning highlight of the event was that it helped the participants to think independently. The students, normally accustomed to being lectured, we’re encouraged to assess and examine the situation. The amazing ideas and analyses that emanated from these young minds prove that Talerang’s focus on experiential and practical learning helps students to not only become career-ready but also to grow as people.
Some participants put in extra effort and shined above the others. They were duly recognized and awarded as per the category in which they excelled. The best Delegate won a cash prize of Rupees 5000, the other winners got certificates as well as appreciation posts on Instagram, everyone else was rewarded a certification of participation. The outstanding participants find themselves on the list below:
- Best Speaker- Gourab Saha, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School
- Best Committee- Finance and Operations
- Best Delegate- Jash Bhatia, Dhirubhai Ambani International School
- Best Leader- Esha Anand, National Academy for Learning and Kyra Kakar, Cathedral and John Connon School
- Best Team Player: Pratik Bapat, Shiv Nadar University
- Taarini Gupta, Singapore Academic School
- Soumya Kapoor, Modern Delhi Public School
- Tanmay Shah, The Cathedral and John Connon School
- Shilpa Rangarajan, University of Madras
Yet, we at Talerang also recognize that no symphony can play without multiple musical instruments. While we recognize the winners, we appreciate the contribution of each and every participant who came to the event.