Bhumika was born into a family where education was revered, and hard work was the norm. Her parents, both educators, instilled in me the importance of dedication and the pursuit of knowledge.
She did BBA at a local college in Delhi itself, where she realized about the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world skills required in the field of investment banking.
This realization led her to seek a specialized program at Quintedge which provided her with the necessary practical skills and placement support due to which she finally got a Job in Acuity Knowledge Partners as an Investment Banker.
Let’s deep dive into her background story and preparation strategy which helped her get a Job in investment Banking. Given below are the excerpts from our interview with Bhumika:
How Did you develop an Interest in Investment Banking?
“My fascination with Investment Banking began during my undergraduate studies. It started with a guest lecture by a renowned investment banker at our college. His insights into the high-stakes, fast-paced world of finance captivated me. He spoke about how investment banking is pivotal in shaping businesses and, in a broader sense, economies. This was a turning point for me. The blend of strategic thinking, financial acumen, and the impactful nature of the work in investment banking resonated deeply with my aspirations.
As I delved deeper into this field, I realized that investment banking was more than just managing portfolios and transactions. It was about being at the nexus of innovation, strategy, and finance. Whether it was facilitating mergers and acquisitions, underwriting new stock offerings, or structuring complex financial products, each aspect of investment banking seemed like a vital cog in the economic wheel.
My interest grew into a passion as I started following market trends, understanding the nuances of financial instruments, and the role of investment bankers in pivotal financial events worldwide. I was intrigued by how investment bankers navigated through the 2008 financial crisis, how they played a key role in tech industry IPOs, and how they shaped major corporate mergers and acquisitions.
This led me to actively seek out additional knowledge and experiences related to the field. I participated in finance-related seminars, joined an investment club at college, and took online courses on financial modeling and market analysis. The more I learned, the more I realized that investment banking was not just a career choice for me; it was a calling. It combined my love for finance with my desire to play a role in the larger economic landscape, driving growth, and innovation.”
What Steps did you take to get into this field?
“Breaking into the world of investment banking from an unconventional background presented a unique set of challenges and thrills. My strategy was clear: be deliberate and proactive. Here’s my journey in detail:
Step 1: Building a Strong Foundation in Finance
First and foremost, I focused on building a strong academic foundation. This meant not only excelling in my college coursework but also seeking out additional resources. I supplemented my studies with online courses in financial modeling, economics, and corporate finance. This helped me understand the theoretical aspects of finance and how they apply in real-world scenarios.
Step 3: Networking and Mentorship
I actively networked with professionals in the field. This involved attending finance seminars, joining finance clubs, and participating in investment banking workshops. Through these networks, I found mentors who provided invaluable guidance and insights into the industry.
Step 4: Quintedge’s Investment Banking Course
Realizing the need for specialized training, I enrolled in Quintedge’s Investment Banking Course. This program was pivotal in bridging the gap between my academic knowledge and the practical skills needed in investment banking. The course offered in-depth knowledge in areas like market analysis, financial modeling, and deal structuring, along with practical training through case studies and real-world projects.
Step 6: Preparing for Interviews and Recruitment Processes
Lastly, I prepared meticulously for investment banking interviews opportunities that came through Quintedge’s placement cell. This involved mock interviews, case study preparations, and brushing up on technical knowledge as well as soft skills like communication and presentation.
Every step of this journey was a learning experience, helping me grow and bringing me closer to my dream of becoming an investment banker.”
How did Quintedge help you in getting placed?
‘My journey to becoming an Investment Banker was significantly influenced by Quintedge. Their comprehensive course and support were pivotal in various aspects.
The curriculum was specifically tailored to bridge the gap between academic learning and the practical demands of the industry. It encompassed crucial subjects like financial modeling, equity research, corporate valuation, and M&A strategies. Crafted by experts, this curriculum ensured I wasn’t just learning theories but also understanding their real-world applications.
Quintedge offered abundant practical exposure. We engaged in case studies reflecting actual investment banking challenges, simulated trading floor experiences, and analyzed real companies for investment purposes. This hands-on experience was invaluable, preparing me for the realities of the job and sharpening my analytical and decision-making skills.
Another key aspect was mentorship from industry professionals. These mentors, actively involved in the field, shared their experiences and insights, guiding me on how to navigate the industry and what recruiters seek in candidates.
Networking was also a significant component. Quintedge organized events that allowed me to connect with alumni, industry professionals, and potential employers, broadening my professional network and offering insights into various career paths within investment banking.
The course also included targeted workshops on resume writing and interview preparation for investment banking roles. These sessions taught us to effectively showcase our skills and handle different types of interview questions, boosting my confidence and presentation abilities.
Additionally, Quintedge’s dedicated placement cell played a crucial role. They connected students with top financial firms, including arranging interviews with companies like Acuity Knowledge Partners. Their continuous support and feedback were instrumental in improving my interview skills.”
Can you share your preparation strategy with us?
“Absolutely! I prepared for my career in investment banking through a combination of academic study, practical skill development, and strategic planning. Here’s how I approached it:
I started with a thorough academic study, building a strong foundation in financial principles. This wasn’t just about attending classes; I also took advanced online courses and read extensively from textbooks and industry publications, covering subjects like corporate finance, economics, and accounting.
Realizing the importance of practical skills in investment banking, especially in financial modeling and analysis, I actively developed these skills. I built financial models from the ground up, analyzed financial statements, and conducted market research. My practical skills were further sharpened by assignments and case studies from Quintedge.
Keeping up with the latest finance trends and news was a daily routine. I regularly followed financial news outlets, subscribed to industry reports, and attended financial webinars and talks. This habit kept me informed about the market, major financial deals, and new developments in investment banking.
Networking was another key element. I connected with alumni, participated in industry events, and was active in finance clubs and forums. These activities helped me gain industry insights, explore different career paths, and build professional relationships.
To get ready for the demanding interview process, I engaged in mock interviews and case study practice. Quintedge’s resources and sessions were particularly helpful. I focused on improving my problem-solving abilities, thinking clearly under pressure, and articulating my thoughts effectively.
I also worked on developing essential soft skills like communication, teamwork, and time management, which are vital in a client-facing and team-oriented environment like investment banking.
Feedback and continuous improvement were integral to my preparation. After every mock interview and case study, I sought feedback to identify areas for improvement, continuously refining my skills and approach.
While my preparation was intensive, I made sure to maintain a balance, prioritizing my well-being. Regular exercise, meditation, and quality time with family and friends helped me stay grounded and stress-free.
This comprehensive and tailored approach was crucial in equipping me for the challenges of investment banking and securing my position at Acuity Knowledge Partners.’
Bhumika Sadana’s journey from a small-town aspirant to a professional Investment Banker is a testament to the transformative power of education and the right guidance. Quintedge proudly celebrates her success and continues to empower many more Bhumikas on their path to achieving their dreams.