Incredible India!

Incredible India!

 For some, it is because they want to explore India, and a summer internship gives them a good chance to work, and get acquainted with a different country and culture. Others come here because they find it easier to get a break there than abroad. They go back with a new perspective.

Prachi Jain (25), a New Yorker, speaks to DH Education about her internship experience in Bangalore:
Back in New York, I was in a dead-end marketing job. It was very boring. One morning, I woke up and decided this is it; I am going to do something new. So I decided to come to India — because I was born here and my family lived here till I was three. Also, many jobs are opening up here now. For the last four months, I have been an intern with Travel & Shop magazine. I do different things: editorial writing, marketing, branding the magazine, meeting the clients, etc. Because I am not in New York, and because this field is new to me, I am out of my comfort zone, and this is challenging.

Here, I have noticed that there is so much opportunity. In New York, I wouldn’t have got such a break until I had put in at least 10 or 15 years’ work in the field. I had a pleasant surprise on my first day at work; my boss, within 10 minutes of meeting me, invited me to go on a work-related trip to Tiruvannamalai. I went to the temple town, and even wrote about it for the magazine.

I have come to learn how business works in India. The pace is altogether different. People cultivate relationships here. You can be friendly with your clients, go visit their homes. In fact, one of the clients even helped me find a place to stay! This has surprised me for the better. In the USA, things are more stiff and formal; here, your co-workers and clients treat you as an extension of their families.

My old job was a total contrast. I had to work 8 hours a day, stuck in a cubicle, and had to account for every minute I spent away from my desk. I find that here, the working atmosphere is much more relaxed and friendly. In fact, the first thing my colleagues and I do after we get to work is ask each other what we did the previous evening! Here, people work as hard, but are more relaxed.

I specifically wanted to intern in Bangalore because this is an easy city to be in, for NRIs and expatriates. Bangalore offers a much easier transition. The people here are very accepting of those from outside. Most importantly, through this internship, I  have realised that I can choose to do something that I enjoy doing. I don’t have to be stuck doing something I don’t believe in.

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