In a Q&A below find out what Ayushi Maheshwari has to talk about her experience of working in London and her journey of working in a consulting domain
- Please tell us about your role at Cognizant Consulting, London.
I am working as a Business Analyst with Cognizant Consulting-Insurance practice for almost 4 years now. I am leading a specific line of business for one of the largest Insurance Companies in UK and Europe. My role mainly involves stakeholder management, requirements gathering, gap analysis, business planning, project management and a lot of ‘talking’. 🙂 Having worked with different teams from UK, Latin America, Europe and Australia and after facing varied challenges in terms of culture, language and technology, the journey has been nothing short of a brilliant experience so far with every step shaping me becoming better professionally and personally.
- What are the life- long learning lessons your MBA journey at Great Lakes has taught you?
Great Lakes has acted as a catalyst in shaping my career path. The one year intense programme nurtured all of us to be always business ready and presentable. Being in the consulting space, I now specifically appreciate our Business Consulting lessons where I learnt to ask questions, always. Similarly, being on the business side of an IT project taught me the importance of asking ‘why’ rather than ‘how’ and that is indeed a key mantra which I will always remember.
- How is it different working in UK than in India?
Working in UK is very different and quite an experience, I must say. Working directly with the clients helps in gaining a lot of exposure and polishes one’s personality and customer handling skills. We get to interact and meet so many different people from different cultures, profession and roles. Working in UK has taught me to be more open about my thoughts and how building client relationships go a long way. Also one thing that UK teaches you is to be ON time always. Be it train, meeting or a movie, you have to be ‘on time’.
- Please share one belief/quote that you follow in your life.
If you do not step ‘forward’, you are always in the same place.
- Share a few words of advice for future Great Lakers.
All I would say to future Great Lakers is just to follow your heart and never settle for ‘higher salary’ but a role you don’t like. Hang in there if for some time and things will fall into place if you choose a career you love. I believe graduation (Engineering, Medicine, Arts, Commerce etc.) is what your parents or friends choose for you but MBA is always what you choose to do. With amazing people in Great Lakes Gurgaon like Umashankar Sir, Bappaditya Sir, VP Singh Sir and others, you can be assured to get the right guidance always. Heaps of assignments, sleepless nights, presentations, guest lectures, hostel parties and ‘open book exams’, everything will be worth it. Been there, done that!
- How do you like to spend your free time?
I am a travel freak and best part about being in UK is the ease of travel. I have been to almost 10 different countries till now and every place has left me (and my Instagram page!), craving for more 🙂 Other than travel, cooking is the next thing that de-stresses me. A good plate of food after a horrible day at work, nothing like it! I like to try different cuisines but ‘chaat’ or street food items are my ultimate delights, both in preparing and eating 🙂