Delhi Based ‘The Wallstreet School’ aims to deliver high-quality learning outcomes for CFA aspirants. Founded in 2009, the education company has groomed over 7,000 Professionals in Investment banking Industry.
Manoj Goel and Himanshu Jain, ex employees of Goldman Sachs and Mckinsey respectively, together co-founded The Wallstreet School in 2009.
The Wallstreet School has been well-known for delivering core, conceptual knowledge for CFA examination, with several students making it to some of the most desirous profiles in Finance industry.
The Founder and CEO, Himanshu Jain spoke to us about the company’s journey so far and its plans ahead:
What were the initial days at The Wallstreet School like?
The first 7 years were spent developing the huge network of recruitment Partners, which currently consists of 200+ boutique investment banking companies and well-known corporates.
28 people enrolled in their first batch of CFA, back in 2013. “That first batch went on to become our biggest brand ambassadors. We’ve now grown many, manyfolds compared to that, both in our online and offline programs for CFA ” he says.
Now, The Wallstreet School has users from 12 countries spread across South Asia, Eastern Europe, Canada and USA.
How do you Differentiate your curriculum and Faculty from other coaching institutes?
Most of the students join a CFA coaching just for the sake of Clearing the exam. However, our CFA Prep course has been designed to impart the real industry knowledge which is ‘must-have’ for students to get into core finance profiles, where students must work 4 years necessarily to get the charter
Also, hiring the right teachers and mentors for CFA training was the greatest challenge we faced. We never hire anyone who is just short of perfection. Each and every faculty of ours has to go through Multiple checks. Also, we always hire Faculties with years of Industry experience under their belt so that they can impart real-life, business knowledge in the classroom”
How do you give a ‘personal touch’ to every student at such a large scale?
You need a mentor when your motivation goes down; a mentor to get you unstuck when you don’t understand something. But once you have more than 20 people in a batch, people disengage, and learning doesn’t happen.”
I believe that education in India is a lot about people, unlike the western models of education which are largely technology-based.
Our model is a structured learning experience where students would get equalized attention from the mentor, irrespective of the number of students in a batch.
We’re not like a traditional online learning platform. We closely monitor each and every student enrolled in our CFA program and soon we’ll bring useful learner analytics to our platform so that tracking can be even more precise.
What are your Future plans?
The education sector will continue to be substantially disrupted by technology.
Consolidation is happening in the Ed – tech space, with multiple models coming up. In the last year, we have got many take-over requests, which we may consider it in the future as a catalyst to strengthen our Platform’s technology and create an even more personalized coaching experience for every student.