hi dear seniors,
i am a final semester MBA student. Unlike other MBA colleges having a summer internship, i had winter internship wherein i was supposed to do a project.
i am interning in an organisation wherein there's no mentor or scope of acquiring a project (research or analysis) but i am required to do cold calls and make sales pitches over call, even though its the area which i certainly don't want to enter into.
I was interested in market research or analysis, as required for my degree project, but the company owner does not believe in it.
The period of internship is 2 months, Jan n Feb. Due to above stated points I feel disinterested and demotivated all day long.
Kindly suggest something. Should i leave the internship and find something else?

From India, Mumbai
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Raj Kumar Hansdah
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Raj Kumar Hansdah

Dear Mediaboy
What made you "choose" that organization for your project ??
Does "required to do cold calls and make sales pitches over call, even though its the area which i certainly don't want to enter into." is a part of the project ??
Why was the project not clearly defined and mutually agreed, before you accepted it ??
Unless there is evidence or information to the contrary; I would just like to hint that this organization is simply exploiting your position as a needy MBA student to get the work required to be done by an employee whom they would have been required to pay salary.
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi

Media boy,
you already choosen that organization but i'm not cleared about that how many day's you you have been in that company..?? If you been there morethan 25 days, don't switch over to another one.. try to finish it and learn something

From India, Chennai

Dear Friend,
Simply share your existing organisation what is your purpose for joining them ?
Immediately decide the project title, contents etc. Tell them politely you are not there as tele sales man or so if it not related to your project.
Covey them politely If they are not giving any specific project. you will simply quit them and look after the project in new company.
Remaining 1 month is sufficient in any organisation new or exsiting.
I had gone through similar situation In three days I shared my concern with the company.
Conveyed them I am there to offer services free of cost not to do time pass. Organisation is equal need of my services.
Situation changed.
I got the cooperation. I competed the project in same organisation with stipulated time.
Manoj Chaudharil
M.B.A. (HR).

From India, Mumbai

Dear Boy,

You are also committing same mistake like many others, you didn't give full particulars. You R doing MBA, fine, in what ? I have to presume it should be either Marketing or ???

You have already consumed one month of Jan and going into Feb. Hardly one month, what U can do in one month. Is't possible to restart with a fresh project with a new orgn. ? If so can U finish in Feb.? Find answers for all these.

I would suggest first U discuss with your HOD or Guide, take their advice what is practically possible at this juncture. R they willing to reschedule this project for some other months afresh ? Find out other possibilities, New Topic, new orgn. Where are you doing your internship ? Mumbai ? I don't think it is difficult to find alternate orgn.there. If there is no possibility try to salvage this internship itself, meet the concerned officer, tell your problems and request their help to complete the project successfully, if it helps ask your guide to talk to them as well.

All the best.


From India, Bangalore
doondi reddy

My free suggestion would be.
if you think what ever work you are doing right now , will help then continue other wise Quit any early and find another early.
Do not mess up with your Projects, esp Country like INDIA and the value we give for education is only Marks card,
if just need only certificate go ahead with same internship.
if you want to learn something new and that too as per your Heart's advice then need a change.

From India, Bangalore

my suggestion is try to complete your work in your internship period.This is your learning phase & even if you are not interested whatever you will learn will help you later may not be in the manner you are looking.For e.g cold calls will make you smarter way of tackling people over phone & makes you bold & prompt & the best thing is you wont feel let down during failure coz if you face failures in cold calls you try to overcome it.Emotionally it makes you stronger to face the rigour of corporate world.I was an introvert who gained big from such cold calls.So my suggestion is try to take a learning as i think it will be too late to change org now.
From India, Bangalore

For every intern or fresher, an organisation is a wrong starter, because you feel that the other side of the meadow is greener, whereas it is not! Think and introspect on the following:
What career did you opt for when you joined them?
What kind of career opportunity are you finding?
How deviant is what you are getting than what you opted for?
What were your expectations when you joined?
How and what expectations have not been fufilled?
If you need further help do get in touch

From India, New Delhi

As rightly stated, the problem is unclear. However from your post I'm trying to understand it and please correct me if I am wrongsomewhere.

From above two things, I believe your major subject in your MBA would be Marketing.

I am sure people do not like to do sales but I do not understand why you don't wish to do cold calling?

Please understand there's a misconception that cold calling = sales job.

Cold calling would be a part of so many people - Sales is only obvious and apart from it other careers that has cold calling as its part are: Business Developer / Executive, Recruitment, Marketing (I hope you know how marketing is different than sales) and yes even Market Research.

As far as my view point is concerned, this is helping you achieve a base and a foundation for your dream role - Market Research Analysis. In order to analyze the data, the most important step is to collate data. You'd have to do surveys, you'd have to interact to people and ask them their ideas and this would require cold calling, isn't it?

Or you think that when you pass out finally with your degree and go to interviewers saying you'd love to do market research analysis, they'd give you data which was fetched by hard work of some one else? Do not fancy such liberal role in the beginning of your career.

I had to carry out a market survey for my MR subject as a part of curriculum and I know how much of efforts, cold calling, pitching, networking etc helps...

Though all think sales is of lower calibre and it wont help you, honestly speaking 8-10 months of sales experience would change a person's attitude towards work.

In my suggestion don't quit. this is one essential step to reach your goal. Perhaps you'd understand its importance after you pass out and would understand how your cold calling and networking helped you....

Apart you're doing MBA so you are aspiring to be a manager one day. Eventually you'd come across projects which dont interest you personally but are inevitable for company's growth. Would you quit?

Its just a matter of a month now. Learn as much as you can and trust me, you'd eventually be thankful and grateful to God that you got this opportunity...

All the best and may God bless you :)

From India, Mumbai

continue with the existing interns in that organization.
But try to learn more about working of different departments as well , it will increase your knowledge .
Don,t get disappointed as such situations do come in every ones life .

From India, Kolkata

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