Internship Diaries: Season 1, Ep1: Sahil Sharma (OYO Rooms): SCMHRD

It all started with a ‘late at work’ day at Oravels Stay Pvt. Ltd. or OYO as you may call it. I reached my induction fairly late, as I was running much behind time. But it wasn’t because of any casualness towards the internship; it was because I underestimated Delhi’s traffic, even though I am a native. However, I was happy to have reached the induction before it ended. I remember sitting through the rest of the induction as if it was my first day of college: excited, anxious, but out-of-place, as if I didn’t belong. The delay in reaching the office dripped my confidence further.
But it was that first day, which actually enlightened us with much deeper information about OYOs presence, not just in the country, but globally.
From the very first day with OYO, everyone welcomed me as their own and genuinely expected me to make a contribution. I hit the ground running, working on a product diagnostic project based literally on skills I still had to acquire. I could already see the grind for the next 10-12 weeks, but I was up for it. However, I was blessed to be mentored by a truly accommodating mentor, guide or friend, whatever you may call him. He made it very easy for me to grasp things when I was struggling hard to even touch upon the project. Gradually and eventually, I started
getting a hold of everything.
The project helped me better understand my capabilities, it helped me understand the incredible reach of just one division in one office and made me realize that, the work interns do during their stint is not trivial – it is integral to the planning, policy, and innovation responsible for carrying out the mission of the department. I developed a very crucial skill of networking during my stint because I had to learn and work under several people for my project and trust me, it is one of the most important skills one should have or should acquire to succeed.
The art of communication is what shows the leader in you, so it becomes utterly important to communicate. It was one thing which helped a great deal to get deep into my project because no matter which department or team you are working under, your project cannot create an impact on the organization level without knowing what is going through the other departments in the organization. However, it is important to know when to speak up because it is famously said, “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say  Something.” So you don’t want to be that fool either.
One word which kept buzzing around was the word “impact” and it eventually taught us to be impact driven rather process or result driven. It was the head of the department who kept us on our toes to get an impact out of the project and eventually just because of this approach of his, I could deliver an impactful project. So much so that the CTO of the organization was highly impressed with my work. To hear someone of that high authority and position praising
you for your work makes you forget every grind you had to go through for your summers, be it to get into the organization or to get through with the internship.
But the work—meaningful as it was—was only a small part of what made my experience so special. Everyone I met, from my mentor to my fellow interns, helped me grow, both as an employee and a person. My biggest takeaway would be the new long-term relationships and connections which I had forged with my colleagues and fellow interns at OYO. At the end of my tenure in the company, I was humbled to get the news of getting awarded for my results
with a Pre-placement offer.
Majorly, I have just these 3 pieces of advice for the people who are aspiring to be doing their summers next year or be it anytime:

  • Always take initiative in everything that you do. This might fetch you better work.
  • Ask questions. It’s an art. This actually is the most important advice, but it comes only after you follow the first one religiously. If you don’t ask questions, you might as well end up unclear of your project deliverables even by the end of your internship.
  • Talk to new people and make connections, be it managers, seniors or fellow interns. Again, this would only happen if you follow the second one. Good connections decide if it’ll be an experience or labor for you.

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