“An investment in knowledge pays best interest,” said Benjamin Franklin. Bikaner girl Komal Baid was clearly aware of that when she moved to Jaipur to pursue her management program at Jaipuria Institute of Management. She also possessed unique clarity about her career goal. She wanted to make her mark in the lucrative world of Finance. After almost two years the investment has paid off, with an exciting career foray into Investment Banking. We talked to her about her placement with Moody’s Analytics and Knowledge services and the road that led to it.
Given her strong focus on the domain, it wasn’t surprising that Komal chose Finance as specialization in her PGDM. According to her, the knowledge she gained at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur held her in good stead, especially during her PI as it was about the technical knowledge. “More than 60 students had given their nominations for placements. For the Group Discussion round I was the only one who backed my arguments with figures. I think that helped me stand out. The Personal Interview tested my knowledge by I stayed calm and enthusiastic throughout it,” she explains.
Komal’s love for numbers is clearly visible. But it’s something that has been honed at her B School, Jaipuria Jaipur. She smiles as she reminisces about her early days on the campus. She remembers that initially it was all about project based work to imbibe team spirit and leadership skills. “But things moved to the next gear soon. There were several platforms like Finance Conclaves, which brought us insights from the corporate world. I don’t think I would have been so well prepared for the placements without this solid preparation” she admits.
Komal believes that the internship plays a huge role in helping management students be prepared for professional challenges. Her internship took her back to Bikaner as she worked with HDFC AMC on ‘Individual Perception and Awareness towards Mutual Funds’ project. “The internship may not have been in core Finance but it certainly increased my interest and zest for the domain. Everything I learned there will be used in my professional role as part of an investment banking team,” she says brimming with confidence.
But confidence isn’t the only attribute Komal has gained during her internship. In fact, she believes her holistic journey at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur has taught her the significance of being a good listener, giving your best efforts, and staying patient for the results. Being the Head of the Student Welfare and Disciplinary Committee at her B School has also equipped her to handle teams and be a strong leader. She will be counting on those skills and experiences as she embarks on her professional journey that has made a promising start.