23-Year-Old Says He Landed A Job At World Bank After “600 Emails, 80 Calls”.
- “If you’re going through something similar where the world seems to be collapsing on you: carry on”, he said.
Mr. Nahata, an Ivy League graduate has narrated how he landed a dream job at World Bank after sending out 600 emails and making 80 phone calls.
The Yale University graduate kept trying for his dream job at World Bank and got it after 600 emails and 80 phone calls.
Mr. Nahata has narrated his entire journey in a long post on LinkedIn, which has been liked by more than 16,000 people and shared by over 140 people at the time of writing this report.
His remarkably inspiring journey started during COVID-19 in 2020 two months before he was to graduate from Yale.
His post titled, “The story of how I got my World Bank Job” began thus;
“It was March of 2020 and I was about to graduate from Yale in 2 months.
“COVID-19 had just been declared a pandemic and companies were on a spree to fire employees. Every company was preparing for the worst, and it made no sense to hire.”
He pointed out that this was a period when Donald Trump was President and had placed several immigration restrictions which made it difficult for US companies to hire immigrants.
He said, “I did not have a job at hand and I was going to graduate in 2 months. And I was a student at “Yale”. I thought to myself: what was the point of coming to Yale when I can’t even secure a job here. It became harder to sound strong to my parents when they called and asked me how I was doing,”
“But I was determined that returning to India was not an option and that my first paycheck would only be in Dollars. I went all out on networking, and took the risk of completely avoiding job application forms or job portals,” he added.
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Mr. Nahata then stated that within two months, he sent over 1,500 connection requests, wrote 600 cold emails, got on 80 odd cold calls, and faced a large number of rejections.
He also said that ‘The Gentle Hum of Anxiety’ from the 2010 film ‘The Social Network’ became his most-played song on YouTube.
“Ultimately, I had knocked on so many doors that my strategy paid off! I ended up with 4 job offers by the first week of May and chose the World Bank. They were willing to sponsor my Visa after my OPT and my manager offered me co-authorship on a Machine Learning paper with the World Bank’s current Director of Research (something unheard of for a 23-year-old),” said Mr. Nahata.
The Economics graduate from Delhi’s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) then said the difficult phase taught him a few things: The power of networking that became his second nature, confidence that he could survive in any situation, and the realization that an Ivy League degree could only take him so far.
The purpose of sharing his experience with the world, said Mr. Nahata, is to encourage people to never give up. “If you’re going through something similar where the world seems to be collapsing on you: carry on – do not go gentle into that good night! Better days will come if you’re learning from your mistakes and if you knock on enough doors,” he said while ending the post.
Source | LinkedIn
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