Vinkal Rajput, Bachelor Of Technology student from Delhi Technological University, New Delhi, who has always believed in action rather than words. He has completed more than 5 months internship at WeSettle, achieved his goals and established himself as a doer.
Here, Vinkal is sharing his experience being a Marketing Manager Intern at WeSettle. His apprenticeship will certainly propel him ahead of the curve.
Go ahead and know what his story has to offer to aspiring youth so that you can easily find a path of self-growth.
What was the location? Was it work from home?
It was work from Home but now, I started visiting office recently in October located at Jhandewalan, New Delhi.
How did you come to know about the internship?
University’s placement group
What were your responsibilities as an intern?
One of the biggest achievements you earn in a startup is the varying roles you perform. There are no limitations on the responsibilities. There are innumerable opportunities for you to grab and so was with me while working at WeSettle. It gave me a platform where whatever I worked on was put to action and it impacted a large number of people directly unlike in the bigger firms.
From recruiting a bunch of good people to managing them, from mentoring new interns along with the founders to developing new marketing strategies, from building a new set of rules to creating hierarchy structures, I acquired a good taste of everything that a startup needs at their initial stages.
The recent Business Development Program featuring Bassi, Prince Narula and other celebrities had been a roller coaster ride for me where I was seen staffing the interns that came in huge numbers, providing them with day to day values and learnings through various activities. Strategizing and planning crazy ideas to make a long-lasting impact on interns and connect them through was in fact an enormous responsibility in itself.
How much time did you contribute daily?
Share your proudest achievements and how were you able to realise them.
We Settle gave me a family I will cherish my whole life. The talented network of people that I work with is more than I could have asked for. Manas and Pragya, the co-founders are more like best friends to anyone, they have been a constant mentor and the best support system.
Being in touch with the co-founders for establishing a good hold on various campaigns and finally landing up in the founder’s team of WeSettle have been one of the proudest achievements.
We Settle provides one or the other reason every day to make me feel proud and the recent one that I had been a part of is the housing festival, a social campaign where we fed 1400+ families with a ration from the revenue on each coupon bookings.
What are the top learnings, skills and values that you acquired here?
It’s been almost 6 months that I have been with We Settle and the value it has imparted is enormous. If I go back to May, before I landed up here as an intern, I feel proud to have made a perfect decision to work here. I have been able to grow as a personal brand.
It helped me to network with the right people. It made me a confident person who loves to work on real-life problems. Leadership skills are one of the most critical skills that I learnt here and handling a group of people helped me to inculcate good initiative skills.
I have been working in a team of people since the very start and that helped me achieve a lot of skills. I learnt a lot about maintaining professionalism along with a pinch of friendliness.
Do you feel this experience is a stepping stone towards success in life? Illustrate how the experience gained will help you going forward in your career.
While the internships were buzzing in the campus of DTU, because of the lower CGPA, I wasn’t confident enough to crack an on-campus internship at first but then I cracked two of them. I needed a non-technical internship for my resume so, I landed up here at WeSettle.
Started with a 3 months BD Intern with a thought of earning a certificate to put up on my CV, there hasn’t been a single day when I did not enjoy. As the days went by, my responsibilities kept on evolving. I got to learn more each day and by practising a lot on unplanned challenges, my confidence and skills were boosted up. It’s good to see myself coming up as an intern, leading the marketing team, handling interns structure and now, settling in the Founder’s Team of We Settle.
Since I am currently targeting a non-technical placement during an on-campus placement season, this internship has always been a major portion during most of my interviews. We Settle has always shone out on my CV or LinkedIn profiles and the experience will definitely be the stepping stone in my career.
What is your advice to those, who are aspiring the same or a similar internship?
Don’t judge a book by its cover and here, I mean don’t judge a startup by its first impression that students make in their mini – internships. Stick longer to any company you’re working with. In the recent lockdown, students were seen doing innumerable internships just for the sake of certificates because they aren’t able to foresee the opportunities that are coming their way.
If I had made a similar mistake of leaving the company in the first month of my internship because I was bored, I wouldn’t have made to the founder’s team. Do not run for the certificates, run for the learning opportunities and startups are the best place to learn from the best heads. Be patient.
How can we (Friends, Family, YI Fraternity) encourage young students such as yourself to involve themselves in different opportunity
The best way to encourage young students is to teach them something in real life. Tell them the meaning of “passion” and “niche” so that they don’t run for grades and can be their better version of themselves.
Let them try anything they want to, this is the only way to reach heights. Trying and failing, getting up is what they should consider normal!
We at Young Influx would take this opportunity to thank Vinkal for taking a leap of faith and sharing his impeccable story. We are humbled and grateful, your efforts mean a lot for the youth seeking growth and development.
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