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I started as an intern at BNP Paribas in September 2014, and have been fortunate enough to explore my abilities and learn from a myriad of experiences and excel in them consequently broadening my perspective on a variety of things. I have represented BNP beyond the realm of my job areas at different social media platforms, showcasing diversity in working culture, and how the bank has been welcoming international people across the globe. At this young age, I have been lucky to be exposed to large clientele across Europe. I have also been featured on the corporate website representing Germany (Frankfurt) as a new attractive international workspace.

My Plan for 2018: I will be at the BNP Headquarters in Paris on a project related to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Financial Regulatory Framework.

To what extent did your study program prepare you for the challenges of your current job? What did you find especially useful? Which knowledge or skills have been especially useful?

I pursued the Master of Finance in Corporate Finance and each semester had well-structured modules which have proven to be really relevant to my current job. The compulsory modules like Derivatives, Risk management, Corporate Finance, Debt/Equity capital markets, Ethics and Leadership have helped me prepare for my day- to- day challenges at work. The optional modules helped me broaden my knowledge base by electing subjects like International Marketing Strategy and Digital Marketing, which I believe, is the future for each Industry sector. This unique mix of modules helped me think differently compared to my peers following the given path.

The professors’ hail from such diverse backgrounds and skills sets that you can learn so much from them in the small classroom set up on an individual level. The professors are extremely helpful and welcoming with one to one appointments. They encouraged and helped us explore our own potential in each academic area.

The most important and useful takeaway from my time at FS has been the practical trainings at Bloomberg Terminals. This helped me gain an edge over other candidates in this competitive world. I use the terminal extensively daily in my current job relating to Pricing, Type of Instruments, and Complex Price Calculations for other structured products and valuations.

Looking back, how important was your time as a student at Frankfurt School in the greater scheme of things?

Frankfurt school will always be one of the most cherished memories in my heart. On one hand I was exposed to the realities of this completive international corporate world and on the other hand I had an opportunity to explore my areas of interest and hone my expertise further in desired fields. Another important aspect from my time at FS was my interaction with Career Services. They helped me prepare for my future in this practical corporate world. As an Indian hailing from a completely different culture and background the biggest challenge was to penetrate, not just the German business world but be also appreciated and accepted as an equal. The head of Career services helped me prepare for that in a great deal. Ms. Karin was honest and blunt to my face which helped better myself professionally and most importantly how to approach people from different backgrounds. So in the end learning from these tips and tricks, by the grace of God and my ever-loving family I landed my first ever job successfully on my own.

What’s your favourite memory of your time at Frankfurt School?

To be honest I have had lots of great memories at FS including orientation Boot camp or late night ‘studying’ at the FS Library. But something that I never forget is my first ever off site camping experience during my orientation. I very much liked the concept of mixing students from different walks of life and then engaging them in various team building fun activities. I absolutely enjoyed each activity and how each team was competing in a friendly environment. The friends I met back then are the same people I hang out with even now (almost been five years). They all know who I am talking about! Another favourite memory is when I was casually chatting up with a professor of mine and he helped me back an internship not just in a big bank but also in my hometown in India during my semester break. This was the moment where I figured out how important first impression is and how small talks lead to bigger things in life!

How important are alumni for a business school? What do you think alumni can do for their alma mater?

In my opinion alumni are an essential part of every business school. It’s a two-way relationship where, as students you learn as much and try to make an impression on faculty, program directors, Career Services and other management members and later on, with the help and guidance from these people you choose your next step for your career. In return then alums can be in active touch with their business school and guide other students about which strategy worked in favour for them and which other strategies could also be adopted in similar circumstances.

FS has a great network not only in Germany but across whole of Europe. I have a great example for this: I was fortunate to have been invited personally by my programme director Dr Knobbe for an exclusive presentation at the European Central Bank. It was a closed group event and a great opportunity to network and meet new people.

What’s your favourite motto?

I preach, ‘To each, to its own’. I believe that every individual is unique and has some talent to succeed in life. It is good to be inspired but ultimately you have to forge your own path and write your own story in life.

I thrust in making new mistakes each time and learning from the old ones as I move forward in life. Everybody likes to read a good book, so make sure you are being creative, funny, charming and humble when writing your own book of life! I owe it all to my family and friends without them I would have never been what I am today.