How Sidharth Sharma converted challenges into opportunities during his Summer Internship
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A summer training lets you explore the  real life challenges that you learn during your MBA programme. The engagement with industry during your internship also lets you learn about different roles across divisions of management.  In this series of ‘MBA Internship Experience 2015’, Careers360 brings experiences of students of Top B-schools, who learned strategies and applied theories to successfully complete their internship projects in the year 2015.

Sidharth Sharma, an MBA student from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi batch 2016, completed his internship from Deloitte USI S&O as a Summer Associate. A graduate in Civil Engineering, Sidharth, during his internship, worked on various client requests which involved information gathering, rigorous data analysis and charting recommendations.

Sidharth, prior his MBA  worked with Ameriprise Financial as Senior Associate (Analytics) and with Mu Sigma Business Solutions as Business Analyst.

 

In this interview he shares how he devised strategies to turn his biggest challenge of the internship into the most exciting working opportunities of the project. He also shares how he prepared himself for challenges that he might be facing during his internship. For example, he polished his MS Excel skills which remains the basic requirement for huge volume of data analysis.

 

Read full interview below:

 

Careers360: Tell us about the company in which you completed your summer placement from.

Sidharth: I interned with Deloitte in the USI S&O division. The division provides consulting services to clients globally across several areas like Strategy, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations, Finance, Business Model Transformation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Service Operations, etc. The culture of the company is great and it offers a lot of opportunities for the interns to learn.

Careers360: What was your project and how you executed it?

Sidharth: I got the opportunity to work on an actual client project. Once the initial induction was over I was assigned to a particular service line. I was briefed about the client, project history and the final deliverable.

Once I had a good understanding of the requirement and the outcomes expected from the project, I was made responsible to deliver the same for a particular project thread. Over the next 7 weeks, I worked on various client requests which involved information gathering keeping in all the aspects of the information, doing rigorous data analysis for the same and then finally making recommendations for the future. The overall project was divided into three broad stages, with a timeline assigned to it.  

 

Careers360: What was your thought process before participating in the summer placements process? Did you focus in any of the domain?

Sidharth: I was quite excited about the summer internship since I had heard a lot of good things from the last year interns. I was hoping that it would be a memorable experience and would equip me with the basic skill-sets and early experiences required for being a successful consultant.

Regarding the domain, given my analytics experience, I was hoping that I would be assigned to an analytics heavy project. So before joining I had brushed up my MS Excel skills.

Careers360: And, how was the experience after the completion of the internship?

Sidharth: The summer internship was a great learning opportunity. I was put into a totally new area and learnt a lot over the two months. The interns were treated at par with the first year consultants and our opinion was valued. We had multiple opportunities to interact and connect with fellow practitioners. This helped us in getting good clarity about the organization and the type of work and projects it deals in.

Careers360: How was the environment of the company, the resources, employees and work culture?

Sidharth: One thing that really stands out for Deloitte is its open culture. You can easily reach out to anyone with your doubts and queries. Plus, the senior leadership is very warm and welcoming and one tends to gain a lot from interacting with them. The culture was free and everyone was informal yet formal to each other. It was fun working there, in terms of both work and other activities.

Careers360: What were the key challenges that you faced during your internship?

Sidharth: The biggest challenge and at the same time the most exciting thing about my project was the novelty factor. My project was into a totally new industry of which I had no prior experience. I was supposed to read up and research a lot about the client, the industry and the various technical aspects of the project. I overcame the challenge by working hard into it and taking all the negative aspects of the challenge into a positive one.

Careers360: What were the learnings of your internship?

Sidharth:The project provided me good clarity and understanding about the associated industry and how it works. It was a good opportunity to understand how one can approach a business problem in a structured way.

Overall, the internship gave me a good hands-on experience of how management consulting works and what are the key skills that can help you in this profession.

 

Careers360: Is it important for an MBA student to do internship? What values can a student gain?

Sidharth: I believe that internship is a great opportunity to test and understand whether you are a ‘right fit’ in the industry or not. Though FMS provides good industry exposure in the form of live projects, internship gives you the perfect hands-on experience to understand the type of work that goes on in the industry. I think this would help us greatly in making the right career choice

Careers360: While doing your internship, how were you connected with your academic mentor at your institute?

Sidharth: Since I had my internship in Hyderabad I was connected with the faculty members virtually. They could be contacted over phone or email any time. Faculty members usually take it as a priority and revert back to the queries/concerns at the earliest.

Careers360: Would you like to come back to the place for a job?

Sidharth: During the last two months as an intern, I got the opportunity to experience the organization up close. The sort of opportunities that Deloitte provides is great and if given an opportunity, I would love to go back.

Careers360: Share a memorable incident from your internship days.

Sidharth: The most memorable incident from the internship would definitely be the final appraisal. The interns were supposed to present to a huge panel which included the senior leadership. It was a great experience to present the work we had done to such an experienced panel.

 

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