Life is all about the journey and less about the destination. We all started our new journey on 18th June 2018 and we were intimated that it is going to be hard if you survive this you can survive anything. The first 21 days taught us a lot especially how to stretch yourself and best comes out when you come out of your comfort zone. Now the most important task after MILE life is to get into the best internship.
Companies will come and go you just give your best, you will get many rejections too but improve yourself in every step. Decide your domain what suits you if not able to decide then experiment is the only choice left. Many companies came but nothing excited me as I am not made for sales. I wanted something different I waited for opportunities, it builds pressure on you when all your friends are getting placed and you are still unplaced, so it is the time you have to believe in yourself and grab the right opportunity which knocks your door.
It was the time opportunity knocked door it was Kantar one of the dream company of an aspirant good at quants, loves data and wants to do out of the box. 13th march was the D day the most difficult task to crack the interview that too in their place. It requires lots of confidence, hard work, self-belief. The interviewer was impressed at first glance but he wants to be double sure, so he interviewed me twice.
But finally, hard work pays off got an offer. It was a dream come true when you get the kind of job you want and that too in a great company like Kantar. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will so believe in yourself best will come. 6th May was the day I joined Kantar and since then life has transformed. colleagues, there is too supportive they make you learn by giving their valuable time and treat you as an employee only.
The internship taught me how to manage money wisely as the stipend you get in big companies is not that enough that you can live all leisure of life. It teaches me to manage time efficiently as time is money and every minute has a cost in my organization. Life is roaming around Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and of course lots of data. Even though I did it for five days a week for 14 years at school after living life as a student for one year, getting up early sure isn’t easy – especially if you don’t go to bed before midnight.
The main thing I have adopted is going to bed earlier to be able to wake up earlier. Concentration can be limited with lack of sleep and I’ve learned that this is essential when at work – and trust me, there is only so much coffee can drink! I’ve also been advised to write everything down, as we all know it’s hard to juggle a lot of information at once – those working around me will notice the number of post-its and notebooks I go through. Alongside my internship, I must also complete weekly reports, SIP report keeping within strict deadlines.
Juggling deadlines at work and deadlines at college has been challenging, however completing reports parallel to my internship is showing me just how much I am learning, and that all the hard work is worth it. Going late at home and then cook food for you is also a challenging task as it requires lots of motivation as you are tired of all the daily work and just find the bed to lay down this is the time stomach screams that you are doing whole day stuff only for me, this motivates you to cook and as time passes you become an excellent cook.
Your weekend starts with washing your clothes and cleaning your room, so you can’t think of sleeping for late hours. At work, you just have to look at data and make stories out of it and always think beyond Clients as they can ask anything anytime, so you have to be proactive to avoid rework and donkey work. Work makes you efficient in Excel it is key to success more you become expert more efficient you become. It teaches me how data can speak a lot and to what extent you can play with data.
I was given HUL as a client, bigger the client more the responsibilities. So it is always good to work smartly to work efficiently and the journey continues even if you have reached one of the destinations. Always be ready to accept changes and learn this will make your journey smooth.