The Tale of F-Day : Aishwarya Yadav
The most awaited day of the year was here. The time we all had been waiting and planning for so long. The time we wished came sooner because we couldn’t control our excitement. After facing so much pressure and competition in the summers, realization struck me the day I got placed that it was mere the beginning. More difficult times are yet to come. Summer interviews were about what I already knew. It was a reflection of my past. But my internship will be in the field I always aspired to build my career on i.e. valuation but fortunately or unfortunately had zero experience in. My feelings were mixed with that of excitement and anxiety as my travelled in the metro for my first day at the company. Even the AC in the metro couldn’t keep me from not sweating. My expectations were something like this: as soon as I will enter the company premises, it would be a different but amazing experience altogether. People will be aware that interns (hoping people from other b schools would be there too) are coming and we would be allotted the work on the very first day and expectations from us for the next two months. It would all be laid out in a structured format. But the picture was not so rosy initially. After searching for the company for half an hour in the rickshaw as the location on the GPS was wrong, I finally found it with the help of the company peon. I set foot in the company and realized that except me and the peon there is just one other person sitting in business formals (“one more intern”, my mind said and the fear of being the only one subsided deep into my heart). We introduced ourselves and after asking the peon we realized that company officials are not early risers and come according to their own set timings. “There goes my summers”, I told myself. The panic was starting to rise as I was trying to behave normally sitting next to another intern from IIM Raipur. The work profile attracted me to the company and my aim of maximizing my learning from my summers seemed a distant dream now. We waited for more than an hour before our mentor came and finally called us into his cabin. I constantly had butterflies in my stomach and was wondering how these two months are going to be. My decision of choosing good work over good brand was being questioned by my heart. Our mentor introduced us to the co-founder of the company and it didn’t take long before we realized he was one person who first brought valuation in India. He is the person behind valuations of companies which even big valuation firms surrendered to. Hopes started to rise again. However, I kept telling my heart not to get over excited because big people like him hardly have time to teach amateurs like us. But as discussion continued I realized the amount of learning is directly proportional to my hard work. My mentor was ready to give me work as much as possible to maximize my learning of the field. The words of my seniors of constantly asking for work were coming back to me. “It has its own pros and cons” I reminded myself. It was that moment when I thought these two months wholly depend on my willingness to learn and can play a major role in my finals and even late into my future if I am willing to work for it. After assuring our mentor that our motive of being a part of their company was solely to learn valuation from scratch, he gave us a rough outline of what all needs to be done. He gave us books on valuation, pdf files, information memorandum of a company they were valuing at that time and many other such things. The first day went by reading all the matter given to us. At the end of the day I realized how tired I was and even the thought of travelling for another hour is the metro was dreadful. We discussed our deliverables with our mentor at the end of the day. He seemed satisfied and that motivated me to work harder now. Hoping for more work in the future we took our leave for the day. It was not the usual day I expected it to be but my first day will always remind me of the many different emotions I felt that day only to realize in the end that whatever happens, happens for a reason. Some experiences teach us things which happy memories wouldn’t have. I wouldn’t have realized the amount of learning I am capable of had such an incident not happened. It not only motivated me to push my limits but also brought me out of my comfort zone. My first day of summers brought a new learning in my life which I am sure will remain with me forever as a lesson in my personal and professional life.