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I Didn’t Want To Pursue a Career in Engineering. Here’s How I Discovered My True Calling

Author Kunal Arora is a 3rd-year student of Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, Delhi

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"I was in my third semester when I realised that I didn’t want to become an engineer. What I hadn’t realised yet was what I did want to be", says author Kunal Arora.

About the author: Kunal Arora is a 3rd-year student of Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, Delhi. He shares how he took the leap of choosing a career path completely different from his field of study.

I was in my third semester when I realised that I didn’t want to become an engineer. What I hadn’t realised yet was what I did want to be. I knew that I needed to make my resume attractive, but I had no idea where or how to start. That’s when my cousin came to my rescue and told me that internships are a great way to add to one’s resume. Having done two internships himself, he recommended Internshala to me, and I registered on the platform. In my confusion and cluelessness, I sifted through Internshala, applied for non-technical internships, and hoped for the best.

The first application I made was for a sales development internship at UrbanClap. I didn’t know how to answer the basic “Why should we hire you?” question, so I wrote a cursory answer and submitted the application. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get selected. Ranging from sales to content writing and event management, I applied to all kinds of internships and received all kinds of rejections. Despite being disheartened, I kept trying since I needed an internship experience. This time, though, I put more effort into answering the “Why should we hire you?” question in a descriptive and clearer manner. Gradually, my application statuses began to change from ‘Applied’ to ‘Under review’.

After four months of struggle and patience, the clouds finally parted. After my profile was shortlisted, I was directly hired for a market research internship at Kriger Campus, a mobile-based education network. I couldn’t believe it; my luck had finally turned around! It was a work-from-home internship where I analysed the current education system and generated ideas to improve it. I communicated with 31 other interns in a WhatsApp group; we were the alpha testers who checked every facet of the app. I conducted surveys and participated in group discussions and brainstorming sessions. My ideas were appreciated and implemented which encouraged me. My performance during this internship gave me confidence and clarity about what I was truly interested in, and that’s when I decided to pursue market research. I applied again during my summer break, and this time it was an internship at Codit Solutions, a company that designs and develops enterprise systems. They asked me to research a particular market and give my report in a format specified by them. I got through this round and was selected for the internship. The work there was totally different from my previous internship, but I was excited to try new things. At Codit Solutions, I conducted market research and prepared reports on the research. This internship gave me many new insights into how market research helps a business.

Next, I applied to another internship at an IT company called Walkover, where I went through 3 rounds of selection. In the first two rounds, they asked me to write a pitch for cold calling and to create a survey on the exotic vegetable market in India. The final round was a telephonic interview with HR wherein they enquired about my educational background, hobbies, and my interest in doing market research. During this internship, I conducted cold calls and surveys on restaurant databases and maintained the response sheets. I also got the opportunity to work as a campus ambassador of IIM Bangalore. I filled a questionnaire and prepared a marketing plan, and once I was shortlisted, I was tasked with promoting their fest, Unmaad.

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Kunal shares how he took the leap of choosing a career path completely different from his field of study, and what is its importance. Pixabay

My four internships completely rebranded my skill set and gave my career a direction. When I first started looking for internships, I didn’t know what to pursue, so I worked in various fields before realising that I wanted to do market research. Then, I found an outlet to discover and explore my interest in market research through internships. All these experiences also taught me to persevere and believe in myself, and I’m thankful to Internshala for making this possible.

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Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)

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Why Study MBA in Canada

According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year

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Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Pixabay

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

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Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. Pixabay

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.

Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Students can pursue a master’s in business administration with a specialized degree in finance, consulting or marketing. There are a lot of career opportunities in Canada, students can find work anywhere from the country’s financial services to any other sector. Many international students who study in the country receive their work visa just after completing their studies and can even expect to get a permanent residency after completing their studies. There are numerous benefits of doing MBA in Canada such as:

Quality education: Canada has a globally recognized world-class education system and is considered one of the best places to pursue MBA. Each year Canada attracts thousands of students from abroad. Its high academic standards and rigorous quality controls reflect the high-quality education provided which helps in successful and long term career plans.

Low tuition cost: Canada is often preferred choice for students because of the low tuition costs. Many organizations provide benefits to the students to pursue their studies successfully. The tuition fee that you pay may vary depending on where you choose to study. It is a developed country with a high-income economy and a successful government which makes it a fantastic place to live and study.

Multicultural experience: Universities come up with different events so that the students can mingle with multicultural people on and off the campus. Even though it is a mixed society but the universities and the government as well are trying to make sure that there won’t be any problems of race and color. They encourage multi-cultural integration and Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people’s customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Research: The study programs delivered by Canadian universities are more focused on research where students get to engage in interesting experiments and projects which are meant to provide students with an innovative study experience.

Internship programs: There are plentiful opportunities for business students who can combine academics with an internship or work experience in the field of your study which in turn can diversify and develop your professional skills.

Multilingual: English and French are the official languages of Canada and it has become a multilingual country with the arrival of so many people from different nationalities with so many languages, religions, and cultures. It is a great opportunity for the students to learn different languages. Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative skills while being enrolled in a Canadian university.

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Canada has a highly diverse population and features a wide range of industries, world-class metropolitan cities, and most importantly internationally accredited business schools. Pixabay

Immigration: According to the national statistics office, the number of migrants entering Canada has grown from 250,000 last year to around 300,000 this year. On account of the open door policy of Canada, immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada’s economy. After completing their studies, students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience can apply for permanent residency.

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Beautiful landscape: Canada has spectacular scenery, landscapes that can be explored throughout the year. The cold season provides a great opportunity for dedicated skiers and ice skaters to practice their sport in majestic surroundings.