Anusha's Summer at Goldman Sachs
Anusha is pursuing her Bachelor of Business Management (BBM), specializing in Finance at Bangalore University. She is currently interning in the Bengaluru Operations Division’s Regulatory Due Diligence Group.
WHAT I LEARNED THROUGH NETWORKING
21 AUG 2015 - BENGALURU
As part of the Goldman Sachs internship, we are each assigned a project by our managers to be presented at the end of the summer to the entire team.
I was assigned a unique project – “Learning European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) through Networking.” Goldman Sachs emphasizes the importance of networking and my manager mentored me from the start on the subject. To apply those learnings, I was asked to use networking to put together a presentation not only about EMIR but about the networking process I used for obtaining the information.
I improved a lot of skills through this project. I bettered my organizational skills such as planning, presenting oneself, and thinking fast in case of last minute contingencies. I learned to account for other people’s schedules and persevere when faced with challenges. Most of all, I gained an understanding of the end-to-end functioning of the firm.
My managers and mentors were constantly there to support me with advice and helped me make progress without micro-managing my work. Throughout the internship I became increasingly confident and comfortable taking initiative.
It’s a perfect example of the growth-centric opportunities provided to us as Goldman Sachs interns.
ENGAGING IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
07 AUG 2015 - BENGALURU
During week four of my internship, I was scheduled to participate in a volunteer initiative through the Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks (CTW) Program. We had the chance to meet new people, network and, at the same time, lend a hand in the community. The CTW was well organized and showed me that, not only does Goldman Sachs give back to the local community, but the interns were a part of making that difference.
Another aspect of the internship that every intern looks forward to is the participation in numerous trainings, some focusing on technical skills and personal and professional development. I was fortunate to have been a part of the annual Diversity Week that is held at the firm. I enrolled myself in every possible event and my favorite used theater to convey a message on intercultural relationships. The experiences and insights offered will be useful to us throughout our careers and, personally, these events helped me learn to be more understanding toward my peers and colleagues.
The CTW program and the various other trainings we are exposed to at our internship help us to be more effective and productive at work and build a greater appreciation for our involvement in the community.
WHY I WANTED TO WORK AT GOLDMAN SACHS
20 JUL 2015 - BENGALURU
Looking back at the day in January when we were informed that Goldman Sachs is hiring for internships, I remember making up my mind that this is where I wanted to work.
Things that genuinely resonate with me are the emphasis on the Goldman Sachs Business Principles and how incredibly well Goldman Sachs takes care of its employees. What I especially appreciate is the firm’s open door policy and flat organization structure. I love that, at Goldman Sachs, questions and networking are encouraged and not dismissed, thus offering the promise of a support structure throughout my time here. This was quite unexpected for me when I came in and unlike the environment provided at my college.
One of the most interesting conversations I had on Day 1 at the firm was during lunch with a vice president. When I asked him what I could expect from the firm, he told me that Goldman employees work hard, but your colleagues and the firm are there to support you. Four weeks into the Internship, I realize nothing could be truer.
Now I just need a Goldman Sachs mug or t-shirt, to be able to brag about where I work. I am waiting impatiently for more excitement to unfold in the days to come.