Alumni Placed Diaries: A glimpse into Mansoor Masood’s journey…
Where do you work and what are some of your responsibilities?
I currently work in the Transaction Services (TS) practice of Deal Advisory (DA) with KPMG India. I am also on the Board of Alumni for Talerang and head the alumni relationships for them in Bangalore.
Where and in what skill track did you intern? What are some important takeaways from the internship?
Over the course of the last few years I have been lucky enough to intern with some really incredible companies & people. Each one of these opportunities’ has taught me a lot but my one key takeaway which was reinforced after every one of my internships is: Don’t say no to new fields. The amount you learn is incredible. Interning in a new field will also give you the chance to explore uncharted territory for yourself. And if you don’t like the field- it will help you narrow down options when you eventually do go out looking for a job.
Any advice you’d like to give Talerang’s alumni?
Your career isn’t a 100 m sprint, it’s a marathon. Always focus on your larger goal and don’t let the smaller things matter too much. Stay grounded, focus on yourself and things which are important and don’t let the noise (negativity) around distract you.
What was one funny/memorable moment you had at work?
During my time with KPMG I have been lucky enough to have some memorable times here. My favourite was when I won all competitions (both in the technical and non technical with a clean sweep in the Analyst’s on boarding program).
One thing about you that completely changed once you started working
Once you start working you realize that taking time out for yourself gets harder. It’s always important to make sure that your work doesn’t consume you. Following your interest’s- whether that be a sport, an instrument or even something as simple as reading can go a long way in keeping you going.
Your favorite movie/book/blog/music that you’d like to recommend to our alumni
Read a book/blog about something that truly interests you. Example- I read a lot of books & blogs about the aviation sector. Best book in this sector I’ve read recently is “The Indigo Story”.
A quote that you live by
Quote: “It all about the balancing act”: Always try to find a balance in anything you do and learn to prioritize well. Don’t forget the importance of saying “no” to certain things.
Inspired? Connect with Mansoor on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mansoormasood/ or write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about his experience! Mansoor is a graduate of Talerang’s selective Future CEOs program, where high potential young leaders get access to work-readiness training, internships and mentorship for life. He interned at The Aditya Birla Group through our program and was awarded as a distinction student! Read more at www.talerang.com!
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