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Internship Life at Sectona

“Experiential Learning” is as valuable as anything learned in studies. An internship is a unique opportunity that gives an “on the job” experience along with general insights into the workings and culture of a company. Participating in internships can be a great way to get a taste of first-hand professional experience in a particular field. Nonetheless, internships are low-pressure entry to choose a career path. “There is no substitute really for learning about the world of work and being in the world of work. You can do that through internships. You can do it through summer job experiences or even from volunteer jobs. Strive early to get some kind of practical experience.”- Alexis Herman  Being driven by the above-stated quote, Sectona has always emphasized on creating learning opportunities for beginners and students seeking internships with us. Interns associated with us are not restricted or caged with connotations. On the welcoming day, the very first thing communicated to them is that their internship solely exists on their resumes. They are full-time members for us working hands-on with core teams. It is a significant practice to let our interns know and be convinced that their inputs are vital. Brushing away all the negative stereotypes about millennials, one would be astounded by how hard they work when they believe their contribution matters. Bilateral Process Of Internship Program At Sectona:- We have a peculiarity for bright, young, and enthusiastic chaps which is one of the many reasons we run our internship programs of 2 to 6 months throughout the year. All that one requires to do is follow these simple steps which would familiarize you for interning at Sectona. Step 1- Check our Website Step 2- Explore internship opportunities based on your interest area and skills Step 3- Swank your skills and expertise to us while applying Step 4- Hit the submit button All the applications that hit our inbox are reviewed on a rolling basis so the earlier you apply, the better. Interesting applications call for interesting conversations. We don’t tag this as an interview but a coffee day to talk about everything right from passion, interests, learn-ability to sharing our stories, experiences and visions. We at Sectona take our internship programs quite seriously hence based on one’s interests and topics of engrossment we meticulously plan and curate projects which would be independently assigned to our interns to help build learning opportunities and experiences that are mutually beneficial. Our Fundamentals For Internship:- Continuing the above-shared ideology of curating distinctive independent projects for our interns, we generally aim to set projects with targets to reach by the end of their role along with first-hand pieces of training which would boost their careers. We create space to optimize their theoretical knowledge while dealing with real responsibilities and to assess their full capability. The projects are designed in a way where each day comes with new challenges and even more opportunities to learn and grow. Role hierarchy and work culture are no different for an intern—they have a manager to report to, a team to work in collaboration with, and an opinion to share on the tasks. At Sectona we believe a graduate school pass-out student has much more to learn in an internship apart from the skills and industry’s core competencies to kick-start their career. Company culture plays a crucial part herewith and we continue to cultivate these principles in our team members. A General Day At Sectona For An Intern:- “What do I expect my few months of working at Sectona would be like?” , “How as an intern will I be getting along with the team?”- few extensively proposed questions encountered by all at common. Here’s a quick sneak-peek for any such similar questions and know-how about the company culture at Sectona. As a team of organized workaholics, you would naturally develop a habit of starting your work morning with setting up a “To-Do list” for the day which is a widely accepted tact by us at Sectona. Next is to work on projects, be a part of team discussions, have a one-on-one discussion with your manager, get your queries resolved, read some articles around, meet your colleagues, ask questions, go on a coffee around, have a gala time at lunches, build some inside jokes and everything in between work and fun is perfectly blended with us. Quick Tips If You Are Looking To Intern With Us:- Famously said by Emily Weiss, “ An ideal intern is committed, creative, organized, ambitious, independent and able to crack a smile whether meeting a celebrity or folding socks”. Likewise, we have an edge for passionate and self-assertive individuals. Being on the other side, listing pointers that attracts us as traits in interns and which would help you optimize your internship experience: Make sure to use your time wisely as an intern. You will have fantastic exposure within our business and to make every opportunity count. Pickup skills that will propel you forward when you start full-time work. Build a network around with your colleagues. Be experimental with work and incorporate your student perspective. Equitable internships offer a chance to test your skills in real-life situations, explore your career options, and gain an insight into an organization or career path. Sectona believes in these values and we look forward to welcome and associate ourselves with many more bright minds across the globe.
Priyanka Joshi October 30, 2020

Grow at Sectona

We are a happy spot for coders, engineers and entrepreneurs, all linked together with a common vision to- “Prevent Data Breaches Anytime Anywhere.” At Sectona we believe, we are as good as our team which is the prime reason we are meticulous in signing on fresh talents as an addition to our team. Hiring at Sectona generally runs throughout the year. Since we are peculiar with our team and we are proud of our company culture, the aim for us is to hire the right candidate. An interview for us is not restricted to candidates learning about Sectona, our work and culture but also more about we learning about candidate’s skills, passion and the ability to grow mutually. Hence, identifying “one right candidate” from an ocean of applicants is a lengthy process and we generally take 1-3 months to conclude on one position. We understand interviews are an experience and we like to make it count as best. “You find yourself passionate about technology and envision to join us?”, here’s all the information at your disposal about our hiring, interview process and various stages of interviews as we progress to conclude on any role. How do you get to know about our Open positions The first place you check out is our job blog portal mentioned on our Career Site here. We have jillion of open positions and you can apply to the role which you find yourself to be the perfect fit based on your academic background and skills. Our job portal is inclusive of tons of details related to the role- Job descriptions, Academic Qualifications, Skills Required, General expectation about the role, Experience, etc. Where to Apply? Evaluate the role you intend to apply for. Check if you match all the qualifications required and requested. Attach in your recent curriculum vitae and hit the apply button. If you do not match the exact qualifications and you still intend to apply for the role, we suggest you attach a small descriptive note explaining why and we might take your application forward. We principally design the requirements that we consider would prove to be successful for the role. That being said, evaluate the criteria carefully and write something that would be convincing for us to take your application in consideration. How do we notify We assess each application accurately and generally we send out application status to applicants within 7 days via phone calls or emails. However by and large applications received are on the higher side and in rarest case we might notify within 14 days. If your application is selected you must expect an email giving you an understanding about the interview process to be held and what you can expect at each stage of the interview. While we understand communicating a feedback is extremely important and we make sure to be responsive and responsible in doing so. Nonetheless, we have been working on sharing scalable and constructive feedback s. Technical Telephonic Discussion We will set up a discussion with one of our senior team member from the role you have applied for. This conversation would revolve around your technical understanding of particular skill, discussing your academic projects and we might dive deeper on various points mentioned in your resume. Well, not to worry, we would not ask questions exclusive of your role and interests. Tip: This call would not be to evaluate your answers as to be right or wrong, but about your approach and problem solving skills. Be genuine while answering. Do the Challenge Next up is a challenge for you! Be ready while we throw a challenge at you which could be a research work, a case study or an assessment which would help us gauge your expertise for the position. Completing it efficiently before the set time frame would definitely work in your favour. Final Interview Discussions These discussions would be with our senior management and would plunge on your ability to learn, adapt, think and bring new thoughts to table. This could be a chance for you to demonstrate your skills in the best way possible. A general note:- These processes are not set in stone. Sometimes we may skip some discussion rounds or tasks to accelerate the hiring process while sometimes we may take up extra rounds of discussions. What attracts us is…… All that is not mentioned on your resume is possibly we are most keen to learn about you. Skills and professional accomplishments are definitely key factors to have you on-board while adaptability and passion still tops the chart for us to welcome you in our teams. At Sectona, we promote Work-Learn-Share-Grow and Enjoy Hence, if you enjoy doing what you are best at and eager to learn- Voila!! you have successfully come half way to be a part of Sectona.
Priyanka Joshi October 16, 2020

Company Culture And Value System: Significant In Unstable Situations

“But in the midst of all that uncertainty and lack of clarity, there lies a wild beauty. A hope. Possibility. The promise of something bigger than us happening just beneath the surface that we can’t see.”  - Mandy Hale.  With this beautiful thought, we must learn to embrace each situation as it comes and persist through it by believing in our company’s value system. An organization aims to create a culture for employees to thrive, build a value system to function unanimously and a path that leads to company driven goals. Fundamentally, these are the pillars for a successful company to survive, grow and lead. However businesses are meant to be risky affairs, be it managing teams, tackling profits and losses and to add an element there are always a few unforeseeable situations that tend to disturb the normalcy. While in difficult situations naturally the competition to run businesses in an unaffected manner and constantly be at disposal of continuity pushes companies to focus on deliverables and expect employees to contribute to the best of their capabilities. During this process, seldom organizations waive out the importance of maintaining and managing culture for employees to be equally productive. There are various elements to this, naming a few would be: Need for Communication, Enhance Engagement Plans, Shaping and Adapting to changes in Culture, Importance of being Relevant and Curating Team Activities. Need for Communication Expectations, Functionality and Execution are bound to change during undetermined circumstances, how do we cope with this? Communication is the key! Managers, Team Leads, HR’s require to be vocal, clear and transparent about the situations, their effects on our organization and how we are planning to overcome this. Also, encouraging a two way communication is essential, hearing out employees, their problems, opinions and addressing them in a right manner boosts employee morale. Enhance Engagement Plans Seldom it has been observed, during unprecedented situations employee engagement process takes a backseat. It is beneficial to always keep employees involved and engaged irrespective of the ongoing state of affairs. Productivity is a result of highly engaged individuals and teams. Improving engagement plans is number-one step to help employees overcome any coercive situation stemmed out. It must be a collaborative effort within teams and their respective reporting managers to devise plans that works best for the team. Companies should revamp the engagement plans analyzing the need, requirement and abilities of their teammates as whole. Shaping and Adapting To Changes in Culture Company culture must top the hierarchy chart in any organization. Each company has its own unique way of setting up culture which caters to their teams and aligns with business values. There is no universally acclaimed rule to design culture, it is a collective endeavor between the leaders and teammates which define the organization in its truest sense. Every business venture starts with right set of values which is observed by individuals involved with a vision to create a harmonious culture and for teams to imbibe it. Undecided situations might hinder the regularity and ethnicity of culture, however as Leader/ Founder it is one’s obligation to mold the culture in a way that helps stimulate the business and employees to not lose out on the essence of being in a well-organized entity. Another perspective is that of considering steps to assist employees to accept and adapt to the changes made. Importance of Being Relevant All possible circumstances beholds unique challenges, identifying them makes it easier to subsist with the situations. Being vigilant of situations around, their effects across various sectors, curating some coping mechanism helps an organization to sail through. The need is to stay Relevant! For Example: Currently prevailing COVID-19, demands one to stay relevant and updated from a business standpoint. Recognizing the requirements which market commands, being technically sufficient will help companies to cater to those requirements. This arises a need for employees to be evenly relevant with regards to skills and Managers to guide them through this. Relevancy indeed becomes a crucial factor within productivity program. Curating Team Activities Following the above pointer, where relevancy is a necessity curating team activities that inculcate and involve employees to stay relevant seems favorable. Organizations should plan activities around informative topics and skills for mutual benefit of employees and company in common. One can always involve informal elements to it, to maintain a good balance of employee relationships. Team Sectona strides to hold up with present-day crisis through this astounding quote and sharing a link to exhibit how we do it!! “Challenges are what makes life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Priyanka Joshi April 22, 2020

Leverage Productivity and Skills while Working from Home

Sectona encourages Skill Development as a Productivity Program during Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world at a scale and speed that we have only seen so far. Something that started as a slightest humor, now has farthing impacts on all sectors and sections of market and society respectively. Surrounded in these situations, it’s rather commendable, the world has united to fight these odds, all the sectors of societies have been contributing in their ways, here more specifically discussing of corporate-business sectors who have taken measures to overcome this. Direct Business Impact The COVID-19 has forced most of the countries into lock down, which has given room to most of the internet companies for adapting remote working options which also is the need of the hour. Though companies would be able to utilize remote working options, they would be likely to prepare their employees who are accustomed to remote working to navigate the challenges involved. This would of course include few factors, which are non-exhaustive of, physical environment, creating support networks to make successful transition to this new work structure, helping employees with a clear objective about the productivity expected out of them, building mutual trust, etc. Leveraging Productivity Employees are seldom bewildered while working from home of how they are required to contribute to the business adhering to their work responsibilities, what is the nature of flexibility, what are the expectations set and how do they work towards achieving it and most importantly how they are expected to remain productive while not being present in the physical office environment. Given the current situation, Immediate Reporting Managers have a crucial role to play to help their team mates understand their role and objectives to be fulfilled. A concrete plan to work collectively on leveraging productivity and assisting employees with a skill development program, works in favor of everyone involved. Sectona has always encouraged employees for enrolling to various trainings, keeping oneself updated within Training and Development program. With the outbreak of this pandemic and as a reflexive decision of opting for “remote working”, it was not much difficult for our Team Managers to curate Skill Development projects for their respective teams. As an organization, we take pride in being meticulously process oriented and working from home would not hinder that. Our managers followed an exclusively mutual process to help individual teammates take up new projects considering their interests and capabilities. Open & Transparent Communication: Sectona believes first key to managing remotely is to maintain good lines of communication. It might happen so, as employees are not available around, they might be unclear and uninformed of certain ongoing working aspects, wherein communication bridges the gap. It also helps managers to set up right expectations with regards to working from home, the amount of productivity required. Sectona has never believed in micromanagement. One way that our managers keep in constant touch is getting on a quick call while starting the day to understand the agenda and once in the evening to assess the progress. Keeping the teammates engaged and informed and being accessible for them is essential for our managers. Goal Setting: It is vital to understand individual interests of employees and whether they are aligned with organizational goals in assigning a skill to develop for teammates. This is only possible, with different layers of managers being involved who are also well aware about the engrossment and inclination of employees towards a certain topic in concern. Managers at Sectona had one-on-one interaction with their respective team members to setup a definite plan of skill development while working from home and keep the employees driven with a set goal to achieve and help them be motivated throughout the process. Identifying related Projects: Within an organization each functional department have collaborative tasks to perform whereas for an individual productivity it is essential to curate projects that are in line with the defined goals. To share a precise example, Sectona’s Quality Assurance team has been collectively working and assisting Product Development team through Manual Testing, however utilizing this remote working situation, the QA Team Manager identified a project that can be performed in an automated environment and have continued working towards the same while maintaining the manual testing patterns. Resources Resources become a necessity while deviating from basics that we’ve been doing, towards experimenting new skills and ideas. Sectona has setup online forums, training modules for employees to help make their process of skill development smoother. While not just through virtual platforms and recorded trainings, fellow teammates, seniors and managers can contribute and share their experiences and strategies within the team to assist each other. Time Management During such tough situations, of course a right balance between work and personal life is extremely crucial for our employees. A stress free mind is more productive when compared otherwise. The core idea followed by our managers is to allow flexible hours yet maintain consistency. Here, the concern is to avoid over-burdening employees while keeping them equally productive and organized. Two way Process “Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work”- Vince Lombardi. Complying with managers’ guidelines and views, employees at Sectona have well adapted to remote working and equally contributed to smooth functioning of all the business aspects. Needless to mention, all cross functional teams have been working in unison to keep the work unaffected, while Implementation and Product Support team has gone out of their way to help our customers experience an unrestrained remote working process through our PAM Solution product, matching the time zones of clients and customers across globe, extending an online-remote support through video-conferences and much more. Amidst these sturdy situations around the globe, Sectona is aiming to get the best out of this situation and support our clients. However, as we make remote working hassle free for our clients through our PAM Solution, it gave us an opportunity to leverage our product and experience it firsthand. We have exposed PAM to the internet of our office premises, which helps all the required cross functional teams have a remote access to their systems. While doing so, we focus on Access Permissions, Risk Management, wherein access is restricted to certain servers and leaves no room for copying or leaking the data. Additionally PAM is able to track the time duration of working on the server, which makes the remote working experience simpler. To keep it lighter and positive, we have been encouraging managers to conduct weekly video calls to engage with their teams, also conducting “Weekend Friday E-meetups” to ensure each other’s well-being, to exchange ideas on general know-hows and proposals to collaborate as a team and much more
Priyanka Joshi April 11, 2020

Journey of an Intern at Sectona

Internship is a keyhole for someone starting out to understand and get a first-hand experience of how things work in an organization. An internship gives you the opportunity to learn in a new environment where everyone is willing to help you as you are new to it. Like every year, this year as well Sectona conducted summer internship programs in the Research & Development department. This time around, as part of the internship feedback process, we decided to evaluate the intern experiences. Here is what some of our interns had to say about their experience of working with us - “The experience was wholesome, and I learnt a lot apart from the technical knowledge that I got over the internship period. A few of those were understanding how a firm functioned, role of all the individuals in creating and maintaining a product and working to the strengths of everyone here. I yearn to work for firms like Sectona who offer such privileges to grow and become a better version of themselves to all the individuals.” – Shantanu Das, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. “I worked as a Technical Writing intern with Sectona for 3 months. Working with Sectona was an excellent learning opportunity, especially since I was new to the field of Technical writing. Here, at Sectona I got hands on experience as well as valuable guidance. Personally, I loved the working environment. People here are easy to bond with and are liberal in lending a helping hand” – Sneha Naranje, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. “The main reason I wanted to do the internship is to get some technical experience and work on a real time project and this internship has fulfilled that purpose. I have learned about how to research and do analysis on a problem which is the main role of a data analyst. I am sure this experience will be useful for me in the future.” – BVS Revanth, Manipal University, Jaipur. For an intern it is important to learn and gain as much knowledge as possible because that is what gives them experience and it’s their biggest asset. We are happy that our interns were able to get it. It has been our pleasure to have them intern with us. We wish them all the best with their future endeavours.
Shruti Kulkarni July 8, 2019