Three weeks were not enough for four college students from India who have just ended their stay at St. Ambrose University in Davenport through the The American Business Experience program.
The four women are students at St. Francis Degree College for Women in Hyderabad. They just finished the three-week program that included taking business courses and visiting local companies. Those visits included Deere & Co., Kone, First Midwest Bank, DHCU Credit Union and the Quad-City Times.
Three of the four are in the bachelor of management studies program at St. Francis. The fourth, Neelam Lal, just graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree.
As part of the program, four St. Ambrose students will travel to India next week for a six-credit summer program called India Immersion at the University of Hyderabad. Also, a group of students, staff and faculty will travel to India during semester break this academic year.
During a visit to the Times this week, the four women toured the building, met with various groups and discussed aspects of their trip and their futures in the business field.
“I feel their are many job opportunities for me” in India, Lal said.
Chalin Sawang, who turns 20 today, said in India, there is an excess of engineers, for example. Like America, many students there become “underemployed” after graduation.
“We, when we get our business management degrees, will be OK,” she said. “But many regular students (in other fields) do not have good job prospects right now. They have to settle for jobs like outsourcing.”
“What I will take back from this program are the intangible things, like how a business works here and back home in India,” said Nikita Jain, 19. “What I am taking back, I can apply some of their strategies here when I get back to India.”
Sawang noticed a different teacher-student relationship from her home country. “It is very much different,” she said. “It is very open here.”
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All of them said they were shocked to learn how little American students knew about life in India. It was quite opposite for these women.
“We didn’t really get culture shock,” Jain said.
“We know your music, your movies,” Sawang said.
All of them, including Sunayana Sen, said they would have liked to have stayed longer than three weeks. But only Jain said she might like to eventually work outside of India. For Sen, she said her home country is “so vibrant,” she could never see herself living anywhere but India.