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‘Invest in overall personality development’ 

Business Analyst with the National Australia Bank Prakhar Sharma says being street smart is important



Prakhar Sharma is an alumnus of the Apeejay School of Management at Dwarka. He pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Currently, the Apeejay alumnus is  working as a Business Analyst at the National Australia Bank in Gurgaon. In a quick interview with the Apeejay Newsroom team, Prakhar explains his fascination for data and lists the advantages of hybrid mode of work. Read edited excerpts:

Tell our readers: What work does a business analyst do?

I handle financial lending operations and zone approvals as a part of my work. I work 8 hours a day. Work is not really hectic. The office operates in a hybrid mode, so I get enough time for myself.

What are the advantages of working in a hybrid mode?

I get the time for myself as well as social interaction at the office. So there’s time for home and time for work as well. 

What inspired you to become a business analyst?

My key interest was in back end operations. That was my focus. Infact, I did this in my first job in Beta Mortgage Company. So, I was clear. 

Tell us about the ASM days? Seems you learned a lot there.

The  ASM days were lovely. I had a great group of friends there. The two-year course was beautiful, the whole journey was beautiful. I am grateful to ASM. 

One key life lesson for current students?

Don’t get me wrong but studies are not the only important things in your life. It is the overall personality development you should invest in. Being street smart, it is very important.

One thing you would like to change about business analytics?

Nothing. If a person loves a profile, they are good with that. 

One thing you love about your field?

Playing around with data. That is a creative process. I enjoy that a lot. 

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]