#62: PPO Chronicles- Anubhav Singh, Arcesium

Anubhav is a business graduate from IPU, Delhi. After his BBA he worked with Amazon for 3 years, post which he joined SCMHRD to pursue his MBA in HR. He interned at Arcesium, a Fin-Tech firm, the child company of D.E. Shaw and BlackRock. 

The selection process included a case study, two technical interviews and an HR interview. Anubhav was offered the internship with the Talent Development function. 

Anubhav’s internship projects revolved around designing, developing, and branding key digitized learning solutions. One of his projects – Productivity LEAP is Arcesium’sflagship program with the objective of enhancing personal productivity through Success Habits and Mindset. The organization had initially launched this program as a 7-module Instructor Led Classroom Training. As a result of meaningful impact and great feedback, the firm wanted to make this program scalable to all its employees through a digitized learning journey.  Anubhav created modules for the identified sessions and created the digitized course curriculum with additional resources. He designed modules which could be published on their LMS system using Articulate Storyline. Another project that Anubhav was working on was to create a branding packet to improve engagement and adoption for an AI based Learning Experience Platform called Degreed. His tasks included conducting regular surveys to gauge employee engagement and recommend steps to improve adoption. 

He believes that he was able to get the PPO from the firm as a result of his quality of work, proactiveness, attention to detail, openness to feedback and open communication. The team’s feedback helped him gain a new perspective ultimately helping him deliver strong results. He suggests being in constant touch with mentors and managers is very important during the internship. He also feels that his prior experience with Amazon helped him getting an edge during his internship. According to him every internship has different requirements hence, it is important to first understand the project, have clarity, initiate discussions with managers about your understanding and only then go ahead. He emphasizes on being clear about your own thought process before taking suggestions and ideas from others. He says that having basic knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and other software is important, but at the same time you should focus on learning skills specific to your project.

-Jeet Sharma, Media and PR Team

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