Harsh completed his graduation in commerce from University of Delhi, in 2012 and completed his MBA from SMU (Correspondence) in 2014.
Along with his MBA, he was working with Royal Bank of Scotland, as a retail banker in Redemption team. He finally decided to leave the Job in a hunt for better work profiles.
Here is a transcript of our interview with Harsh.
What Motivated you to take the plunge of leaving your Job?
During the days of my work at RBS, one of my senior manager switched his profile to Business analytics, which made me assume that switching is not at all a difficult task. I was getting was really mundane work and my growth was crawling.
So I left my Job started putting all of my focus and efforts in a Business Analytics course in which I enrolled online.
Did you Encounter any failure in searching for a better profile?
Till August 2017, I kept on searching for relevant jobs in Business Analytics, but couldn’t get any.
Thus, I started a business of spare parts of E-vehicles, which I used to import from China and sell it in the Indian market. But soon it got shut because of increased trade restrictions between India and China.
I was now left with Zero funds and hopelessness. So I got back to the Job hunt again.
This time, I wanted to get into Core Finance, since the subjects such as Valuations & Equity research lured my attention towards Investment Banking.
While surfing on Linkedin, I came across Himanshu Jain’s profile, Co-founder of The Wallstreet School, an Institute which provides training and facilitates placement in such profiles.
When I connected with him, he was very clear with his words and honestly told me that they cannot guarantee anything.
What did you do next?
I had nothing left to loose. All that I had in my plate were call center Jobs.
I wanted to do something in my life, so I took the plunge and joined the 6 Weeks Investment Banking Program at Wall Street school. I was not able to get Delhi batch, so they shifted me to Gurgaon’s batch.
Many of my batchmates were people from Finance backgrounds. They were grasping things very easily but I was a little bit weak in Finance. Honestly, I was never a topper. So I had to put in “Extra” effort.
But I literally want to thank the faculty of the Wall Street for explaining everything with ease to their weak students.
How did you get the job in Investment Banking?
After the completion of the Program, I got 2 interview calls through their placement cell, and I was rejected at both of them because of my profile. And my 3rd interview call was from Genpact.
They asked me about the gap in my profile.
My answer was honest, ” I literally want to do something big in my life, and working at a call center was not an option for me.”
Many more questions related to financial modeling and Valuations were asked. I was very hopeless after giving the interview because somewhere in my heart I knew I would not make it.
2 days later I got a call from Himanshu Sir (Co-Founder, The Wallstreet Sschool) that I have been selected at Genpact for the position of Investment banking Analyst. I was head over heels that day.
“Have passion and faith. And start taking chances, Opportunities will come to you and one more important thing, don’t take gap as a snag in your profile, now the industries are becoming empathetic about it.”Harsh Wadhwa