An Internship enables a student to deal with the real time projects of a company along with implementing the learnings of the management classroom. With another interview on ‘MBA Internship Experience 2015’, Careers360 shares summer internship experiences of students from Top B-schools.
Harshad Vesaokar is a Masters in Management Studies (MMS) student at Sydenham Institute of Management Studies Research and and Entreprenuership Education- SIMSREE Mumbai. Prior to his admission in SIMSREE, he was working in an IT firm, and later to equip managerial skills took admission in a B-school.
Harshad completed his month long summer internship in the Centre of Excellence department at FedEx Express. During his internship, he learned and acquired knowledge of new technologies related to analytics and experienced a unique process of logistics industry. In this interview, Harshad shares how he equipped himself with a skillset to be apt in a completly different environment, and how he adapted to a different industry.
Read Harshad’s interview to know about his experience of Supply and Logistic Management industry.
Careers360: Tell us about the company and domain in which you completed your summer placement from?
Harshad: I completed my internship as a Summer Intern for FedEx Express, an American global courier delivery services company. My team is identified as COE (Centre of Excellence), Global Pricing domain where new initiatives are proposed and implemented for betterment of existing practices and also enhancing already existing processes.
Careers360: What was your project and how did you execute it?
Harshad: I was assigned three projects out of which I was part of DIM waiver change analysis from start to end. It started from 16th April and went on till 30th June. The project was about having a new DIM divisor for the shipments. The project revolved around effects of different weight and dimensions for Shipments. It was executed in the form of an automated tool which calculates Yield Dilution for the proposed request and giving overall effect on Revenue.
Careers360: What was your initial thought process about participating in the summer placements process?
Harshad: There were no expectations as such when I participated in the summer placement process but had some pre-decided fields where I would like to apply in like Branding, Pricing or Market research. So I managed to gather as many insights from the Case Studies, professors and a book which is treated as the epitome “KOTLER”.
Careers360: How was the experience after the completion of the internship?
Harshad: The overall experience was exhilarating, getting an opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge of new technologies related to analytics, different processes followed in logistics and supply chain industry. It gave me immense business knowledge of Logistics industry and helped me develop an altogether different perception of the Logistics and Courier industry.
Careers360: How was the environment of the company, the resources, employees and work culture?
Harshad: It was above expectations. It has an amazing work life balance and allows you to take initiatives and put your opinions forward. This is the place where people listen to you intently and try to take your suggestions into consideration, never giving a feeling of being an intern. The employees are very helpful, always ready to teach new things and ready to resolve queries.
Careers360: What were the challenges during your internship?
Harshad: The biggest challenge was getting adapted to the complete different industry compared to the previous IT industry I used to work for. Then learning new processes, I would say it was fun but at the same time a challenging task to prove your skillsets in a completely different environment.
For me, learning VBA and Macros from scratch was new and thrilling task.
Careers360: What were the learnings from the project?
Harshad: I learnt new values of the company we work for. I learned new technology, new processes and most importantly, learnt to adapt in any given environment in such a short span of time. Internship teaches you a lot, and is an important subject that one must study and work hard in.
Careers360: Is it important for MBA students to do internship? What values can a student gain?
Harshad: I would surely recommend every MBA student to be part of the Internship process as this is the only platform where you get opportunity to work in real environment. Understanding the actual process which is completely different from the theoretical knowledge what we get in our academic studies. Implementing and executing the learnings is a completely different and challenging task when it comes to dealing with real time projects.
Careers360: Would you come to the company for a job? Share a memorable incident from your internship days
Harshad: Surely, without a doubt, I would join the company. It’s difficult to find a friendly working environment in today’s Business world.
Creating an automated tool and getting appreciation from the Managing Director of Pricing and applause by all other team members. It was an achievement in its own sense that I have done something which would be used by other regions for long term. Associating with such a huge global company will always be memorable.
Other Feature Stories on B-School and MBA:
Life @ B-School Campus
CAT Topper Interviews
MBA Internship Experience
B-School Placement Reports - 2014
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