NBS MBA Internship – Gunjan Talwar

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How did you hear about the internship programme at UEA?

Through Career Central, during the interview process, I was informed about that hiring would be through UE Internship Programme. At that point, I had limited knowledge about UEA Internship Programme and I booked an appoint with the Career Hub to gather more information about it.

How did you apply?

Some of the best internships can be found through networking, even when you are networking online. My Employer contacted me through LinkedIn to discuss about the internship opportunity and as said above, it was during the interview process I got to know that this opportunity was through UEA Internship Programme.

How long was your internship contract?

The initial internship contact was for 12 weeks. At the end of 12 weeks, it was extended for 8 weeks (through UEA Internship Programme). So, the internship was for 18 weeks.

What do you think are the benefits of gaining an internship?

Finding a job can be a challenge. In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for the best. They want you to have a glowing resume, an array of extracurricular hobbies and, on top of that, previous professional experience.

  • For me, the internship helped me narrow my focus and helped me train for the future job I was aiming for.
  • It also provided the opportunity to network and establish relationships with working professionals in the industry. 
  • Internship can open the door to many employment opportunities.

How do you think businesses value interns?

Companies of all sizes are already reaping huge rewards from internship programs. Drawing perspective from anyone outside of your industry, team, or day-to-day operations often courts surprising inspiration. Bringing in interns who don’t see the business from the inside every day opens up an opportunity for fresh perspectives on the business, strategies, and plans. Interns can also enhance the business’s culture, as it provides powerful personal motivation for employees to hold themselves to a higher account and act as stronger leaders.

What impact do you think having an internship will have on your future career?

You need experience to get experience.

Internships are beneficial because they help develop your professional aptitude, strengthen interpersonal skills, and provide a greater door to opportunities in the industry. By investing in internships, you will give yourself the broadest spectrum of opportunity when seeking and applying for a job after internship or after finishing your university degree.  If you’re looking to gain experience, working as an intern is arguably the most advantageous plan of action.

How has the skills and knowledge developed on the MBA helped prepare you to find work in the UK?

Doing the MBA has helped me learn to think in a different way — it opened possibilities I didn’t know existed. And it all comes from that collaboration and exposure to other people’s points of view.

The MBA Consultancy Projects gave me the opportunity to gain practical exposure. The Career Impact Programme gave me upskilled me in areas such as CV building, negotiations, network building. MBA helped me develop necessary skills and experience to become a business leader in almost any market area.

Specifically, how do you think the MBA Careers Impact Programme has helped you?

I strongly believe that the MBA Careers Impact Programme has been instrumental for me to thrive in my current role. It helped me

  • Tease out key points in my CV and learned how to construct a powerful covering letter
  • Prepared me for challenging recruitment rounds with mock interview trainings
  • Helped me work on my career goals, improving my networking skills.

How has the School supported you in finding work in the UK?

Guidance was provided at every step of my recruitment process. From my first interview round till my visa application, I was provided support or directed towards an individual that could help me.

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