In 2012, Monika Agarwal gave her HSC and cleared CPT in her very first attempt. After that she started preparing for IPCC with her full enthusiasm but taxation and auditing were so grey, even in 3 years and 4 attempts she wasn’t able to clear IPCC.
How did she get Placed?
Even after 3 gap years in her profile, she got placed into one of the most desired core finance profiles (Investment Banking) after successfully completing 6 weeks Investment banking course from The Wallstreet School , through their dedicated placement cell.
“I came to know about this course while scrolling through my Linkedin feed, where I met Abhishek Shah (Currently a senior Investor), who had done this course earlier”, said Monika Agarwal.
” Do you have gap in your profile ?
Are you a pessimist ? Are you an introvert?
Right interest, right skills and right direction will get you everything even if you underestimate yourself.
Just keep your focus defined.”Monika
Here is a transcript of our interview with Monika:
Can you describe challenges you faced due to gap in your profile?
In 2015, I realized IPCC is not my cup of tea and then I decided to switch my career and started searching for commerce colleges but no regular college was accepting me as I had gap in my profile.
Having no other option, I joined b.com in school for open learning (SOL), University of Delhi.
In my pre final year, many people suggested me to do MBA. So, I started preparing for CAT.
In 2018, I gave CAT and scored 62%.
EVERYTHING BLACKED OUT.
I was depressed, I had no social life. Past 6 years of my life turned me into an introvert and I felt like everything is over for me.
I even joined JIMS, IP for MBA and after few weeks I discovered doing MBA from a mediocre college doesn’t get you anywhere.
So, I left.
My field of interest was finance.
So, I started looking for Jobs in financial sector but I wasn’t getting any response, no firms were interested in hiring me.
I also registered myself with naukri.com but still there was no response.
What changed your life ?
I met a Abhishek Shak on LinkedIn who suggested me to go for an Investment banking and, through him I connected with Himanshu sir (owner of Wall Street school).
He briefed me about investment banking and how does an investment banker works. He understood my plight, and asked me to join, after an eligibility interview.
Later, I joined Wall Street school and after 6 years, I felt “fine”. Teachers and my fellow mates were very supportive and I also learned how to talk to people, how to network and many more things.
What did you learn ?
Previously, I thought theoretical knowledge is very important and it is well applied in firms but while studying in The Wall Street School, I realized theoretical knowledge doesn’t always work .
And training is a key to understand real life business scenarios for an investment banker.
How did you get a job?
Getting a job is not an easy task !
You really need to understand needs of the industry.
Himanshu sir demonstrated the big mistakes in my resume and helped me to make my resume better and more presentable.
Paradoxically, I was laughing at my mistakes. Now I do not wonder why no one was accepting my application.
After completing investment banking course, I was still nervous about everything.
I sat for three interviews
I got rejected in one i.e, EY and was selected for two.
Now I am working in Renous Capital, Inc. as an investment banker.
And I don’t want to disclose name of other the company.
I am earning a decent pay package and above all I am happy and satisfied
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