Working part-time: Khushbu Thakkar

Guest BloggerFinal Year, First Year, Part-Time Jobs & Volunteering, Postgraduate, Second Year, Work Experience

Full name: Khushbu A. Thakkar

Degree title:
MSc in International Accounting and Finance

Organisation name:
Paragon Partners Asia

Job title:
Investor Outreach Intern

What did a typical day in your internship look like?

This job was a virtual internship – the advantage of working a part-time job from home is that you have a lot of flexible time on hand to do your extra work. I would generally have a relaxed morning and a brunch before the training meeting started which would be around 1pm (BST). There would be one meeting call with the supervisor followed by a meeting with the group to discuss the goals for the day. Again at 4pm (BST), there would be group meeting to discuss the follow-up and feedback on the work done before we end for the day. In the evening, I would get time to work on my assignments and hobbies.

What was the highlight of the role?

The highlight of the job would be that I got an opportunity to be the group leader, and communicate and manage interns on my team from various communities and time zones.

What skills have you developed?

The key skills that I was able to learn were: leadership skills, time management, communication and Microsoft Office Excel skills.

The internship was for a span of only two months, however it has had a great impact on my understanding of the work environment.  I have got a clearer picture of what the world is going to be like after university and also helped me decide on the type of job I would like to pursue in the future.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

It’s always good to utilise your time to the fullest and keep learning new skills. I knew I had the extra time on my hands and I wanted to increase my experience in the field of Finance. This internship therefore seemed to be one of the best opportunities to do so.

What advice would you give to other students looking for part-time work?

I would like to encourage them to follow their decision and assure them that working would help them boost their knowledge and skills and, if managed correctly, would never come in the way of their studies.

What are your plans for when you finish your degree?

In the near future, I would like to find a full-time job in the field of my interest. And once I have gained enough experience, I would like to work on something of my own.