Life, a spicy mix of joyful conundrum, throws up many opportunities to us. Not in isolation, but always partnered with challenges, risks and enigmatic circumstances. It is up to an individual, to decide whether he stands strong in stormy situations or bows down to the tribulations of life. I come from a South Indian family. I’ve got nothing other than sheer passion, dedication, and commitment to pave my own way out of an unendingly competitive world.
No different from any other crow, I had come to IIM Ranchi with the hope that I can find a great place to live and learn, and what I got is more than my expectations. I feel happy that this journey, filled with adventurous leaps, hardships, learnings and emotional crossroads, finally ended at a colorful destination after my first year. Here I was doing my internship at Goldman Sachs.
How an internship at Goldman Sachs filled me with a sense of pride
I joined Goldman Sachs to intern in the Global Investment Research Division. Day one was very special to me. We were introduced to the firm, its policies and rich tradition of 150 years. I was suddenly feeling a great sense of pride in being associated with GS. I must say that the two months that I got to spend at GS were the best days of my life. My journey started with curiosity and ended with enormous satisfaction. People around me hail from prestigious institutions from across the world. They were one of the biggest sources of constant motivation to work harder and push my personal bars higher.
I was not sure initially about what to look forward to, and whom to approach to get my doubts cleared. But my colleagues at GS helped me a lot to understand the firm’s core values, its business principles and culture at large. For me, the most important thing is to understand whether we are a perfect fit for the role and firm and if the firm is a good fit for you. After the first week at work, I was more focused on gaining insight into the daily work. I dived deep into investment research broadly.
How I felt at home at Goldman Sachs
People complain that the work hours are long and stressful. But for me, it was like being at home with your friends around, doing what you always dreamt of doing. I was fortunate to have a supportive team and extraordinary friends, who were always approachable amidst their highly busy schedules. As days passed by, I was only getting more humble, yet proud; smart, yet silly; head held high in the sky, yet feet firm on the ground. Every day made me a better individual as I was learning something, not just finance, but also life at large. As a spectator of this journey of mine, I could understand that difficult roads are those that actually lead to beautiful destinations.
How my internship will help me further the cause of IIM Ranchi
After a two month dream come true internship at Goldman Sachs, I look forward to my life at IIM Ranchi, optimistically and curiously. I want to make each of day count, not just to make my life better, but also to add to the feathers of this great institute.