Learnings @ ICoFP

Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning…”Ron Miller”.

We at International college of Financial Planning are fortunate to be the part of holistic learning process. In holistic education, the teacher is seen less as person of authority who leads and controls but rather is seen as “a friend, a mentor, a facilitator, or an experienced traveling companion. At ICFP our experience has been similar. Here we have adapted to the method of learning by doing, which, in my opinion, is the best mechanism for acquiring expertise. Here we experience the perfect blend of academic inputs and co-curricular activities which helps us to encounter the real life challenges. There is a complete list of activities in which we are involved

1.    PRESENTATIONS- As a student of MBA (FP) you need to acquire presentation skills, you should be confident enough to speak in front of public and express your thoughts well.  Our faculty always encourages us to make presentation and present them in front of audience. This boosts our confidence and helps us to develop excellent soft skills.

2.    NEWSPAPER ANALYSIS- We are not living in an isolated world, we are always connected with our surroundings and economy. Every week we have a class of newspaper analysis and there we are assigned the task of analyzing the news and share it in front of other students. This helps us to understand the inside-out view of market and finance sector of our economy. Earlier we never used to read newspaper but after getting these sessions from college we love to read newspaper, it has become a challenge as well as fun activity.

3.    SELF IMPROVISATION CLASSES- We get communication, interview preparation, advance excel classes, guest lectures from the renowned personalities of finance industry as well. We get technical analysis classes in which we learn the techniques applied by the stock traders and even faculties have shown us how to trade, what are various products like share warrants, contract notes, etc. in these classes we get lots of practical exposure rather than theoretical one.

4.    MOCK INTERVIEWS- Our placement and academic team always focus on overall development of students.  Mock interviews including management and technical round is the regular feature of are curriculum.  Our faculties and placement team takes our mock interviews and prepare us to face interviewer with full confidence. Here we experience the real thrill and stress of an interview room.

5.    PROJECTS- Projects are the very important part of our learning @ICFP. We have done one important project in which we need to meet two to three relationship managers at NBFCs or BANKS, and try to learn from them what all products are available in the market, and discuss with them the products suitable for us. By observing their behavior during the conversation, we learnt, how to interact with our clients and how to seek out their problems by giving them best solutions.

6.    BRAND I PROJECT- The most memorable project during the one year at ICFP is BRAND I project in which we did several value adding activities like Blog writing, Financial Planning Awareness campaign, Corporate meeting etc.  Here the aim is to create a brand of self that is’ Brand I’. This project really helped us to learn many aspects of life like team work, setting the meetings, execution of events, interacting with corporate world, creating the social awareness etc.
The amazing combination of practical exposure with sound theoretical groundings has made us industry ready. The holistic education system in which we are involved @ ICFP has helped us to reach our true potential and it is a lifelong experience for all of us

This blog is written by students of Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (PGDFP), International College of Financial Planning (ICOFP).


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