Asharani Patel Review on Investment Banking Certification – Imarticus Learning

July 5, 2018
Asharani-Patel CIBOP Student

My name is Asharani Patel. This is the story of my journey from studying in a small town to a global bank ranked among the top 10 in the world.
This is a story about Imarticus learning, how it introduced me to the world of Investment Banking, made me who I am today.
But most importantly, it is the story of how I achieved my dreams by never giving up.

I did my schooling from St Mary’s school in Jharsuguda, in the state of Odisha. My school days were normal, I passed my class 10th exams with good marks in 2013. In the year 2015, I cleared 12th class exam touching distance of the 1st division. I took admission in B.com in and people started making fun of me, how can a person who got a 2nd division the 12th Board Exam that two of science stream will do something in life.
To be successful in life you need to a Doctor or an Engineer. But I was determined enough to make my career in finance. Three years flew by and my final exams were over on March 10th 2018. I always wanted to work for a bank. After the exams were over a lot of people suggested me to a lot of things. Some said for taking admission to MBA, Some asked to prepare for bank PO job of PSU banks. But I was not sure of those plans. An MBA degree might not help you land in a banking job. A bank PO job in a PSU, might not give you that satisfaction and learning opportunity in your life.

In the meantime, I came to know about Imarticus learning’s CIBOP course and I knew it’s the “Holy Grail” that I am looking for. I will be honest, I was hesitant enough initially to take admission for this. But then “Taking a leap of faith is better than taking a leap of doubt”. My exams were over on 10th March and I took admission on 12th March for the CIBOP-74 due to be started from 23rd of the same month.

My first class in Imarticus was a nervous one. But then the class was so interesting, I started enjoying them immediately. Imarticus introduced me to the world of Investment Banking, which was never a part of my University curriculum. Imarticus played a very important role in bridging the gap between education and corporate life. I had no clue about investment banks and its working but during my CIBOP course, I have learnt a lot about them. Imarticus introduced me to the world of equities, bonds, derivatives, forex and what not. Imarticus inculcate in you a sense of professionalism and guides you to the pathway of success. Apart from these, they helped me in improving my soft skills. They helped me, make me a confident person. The mock sessions helped me bring the best out of me. Finally, the first interview date came and it was with one of the top global banks. I was nervous to attend the interview, but then Imarticus has been well equipped to answer any question from them. The interview went well, but I want confident because, how many persons do crack their first interview of life. Finally, the D-day came and I was informed by the HR from the bank that I have been selected and I am on cloud nine. I feel proud of my achievement, all thanks to Imarticus learning for making this happen in such a short span of time which is beyond my imagination. How many people on earth can say I cracked my first interview of life in the first attempt at a top global bank without an IIT or IIM degree? I am indebted to Imarticus for the same.

I would like to end my story with a quote from the movie “Pursuit of happiness”, which says as below.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you-you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”

Student Details:
Name: Asharani Patel
Course: Certified Investment Banking Operation Program (CIBOP)- 74
Placed at: BNP Paribas

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