15 Aug 2016 17:17 IST

Work can be fun too!

Interning at Rohan Builders taught me that work can be fun if you have a career you truly enjoy

It was a first-time experience for all the three of us, to work in a company. By the three of us, I mean Siddharth Joshi, Revant Sindhu, and I, Ajinkya Mahajan.

We study at IIM-Indore, with separate classes and separate electives. But as fate would have it, we made it together to Rohan Builders. Honestly, I hadn’t heard of the company until I interned here. And now, I’m wondering how!

It’ll be a summer internship, they said. Well, it has been a lot more than that.

The interning experience

At the company, I was the marketing intern; Revant worked with HR and Siddharth in the finance department.

The most beneficial thing about our stint was that we were allowed to do everything the staff did — create our own schedules and choose what we wanted to do each day.

Our supervisors ensured that we made the most out of everything, including excel sessions, LinkedIn workshops and RERA sessions. We would sit in the meetings, feeling like a boss.

Playing table tennis during the lunch break, celebrating a colleague’s birthday and talking to everyone to get a glimpse of their careers has truly made us a part of the family that is Rohan Builders.

We worked on different projects and tried to pitch in whenever we could, but of course, we received a lot more than we could give.

Personal growth

This internship helped me become confident in my ability to work with people to achieve their goals. I have broadened my exercise library tremendously and have improved my abilities to explain and cue certain exercises.

I have also learned to work with people professionally, no matter what the situation.

On a personal level, I have built meaningful relationships with many employees at Rohan Builders. I realised that if you have a career that doesn’t feel like work, it can be fun and make you want to come to work everyday.

Real estate is an exciting field — there is always something going on, some creation, some building. Or, as Rohan Builders rightly puts it, it is ‘Great living, engineered’.

It feels amazing to be a part of something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Rohan Builders also proved lucky for me.

I had applied for the BRICS 2016 Shanghai Summer School Program, and have been selected for it! The main two courses in it are ‘Global Governance and Cooperation among BRICS’ and ‘New Development of China’s Polity and Economy’.

Whenever we talk about India, China becomes an inevitable subtext, so I am very excited to be a part of this month-long sponsored programme at Shanghai, China. To be among the 4 students selected pan India, and about 30 students selected across BRICS countries, is a great feeling — I feel lucky!

And let me tell you, I started from scratch — Google was my sole guide in this endeavour. So never give up on your potential. Start small, but start nevertheless. A little hard-work always pays off.

The closer he got to the horizon

The further it shrank from view

As if desire was only an illusion

And truth lay somewhere beyond

(Inspired by the rain after reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali)