Baycurrent Consulting – Harshita Motwani

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Hello all, I am doing my internship at BayCurrent Consulting, Japan. This was the first time that BayCurrent Consulting came to India for recruiting interns. It is a Japanese firm that provides comprehensive consulting services across a wide variety of fields, both public and private sectors.

Well, it’s only been four weeks, yet this internship has given me memories for life. I would describe my experience till now as exciting, bizarre and I just loved it. Tokyo is an amazing mixture of craziness, geekiness, cuteness, order and brilliance. I admire the quality of discipline and punctuality the people over here have.

Selection Procedure:

An internship is an important milestone in any student’s life. Internships are key to building experience as a student. They are opportunity to “test drive” a career and they give a glimpse of how the professional and corporate world actually looks like. We have a wide range of choices to choose from, like a core or a non-core intern. From the beginning I was sure that I wanted to opt for a non-core internship. After getting shortlisted in many companies, I finally got selected in BayCurrent Consulting in middle of the autumn semester. This is BayCurrent’s first internship program through PT cell and the selection process was quite uncomplicated. Firstly shortlisting of resumes was done, followed by data analysis test. Further shortlisting was done and a verbal and quant test took place. They were meant to test the analytical and logical skills of the students. Based on the result of the verbal and quant test, 10 students were shortlisted for interviews. There were 2 interviews (HR and case study) one hour each. I would like to say, that they were not looking for answers, rather just wanted to know how I went about tackling them.

There were some basic HR questions, so it is important to have a strong command over your resume. For the case studies I prepared few cases from the ‘Ace your case’ book (http://questromworld.bu.edu/clubconsulting/files/2010/09/Ace-Your-Case.pdf). Most Japanese companies are more concerned with your ability to adapt to Japanese culture rather than your expertise and thus the HR part of the interview is very important and deserves a considerable amount of preparation.

I would like to share some tips for the interview

  •        Slow English speaking with clear pronunciation
  •        Basic greetings like Konnichiwa, Konbanwa have a huge impact.
  •        A basic idea about Japanese culture and love for anything related to Japan (food, history, anime) proves to be a positive point.

The Corporate Life:

The intern started in mid May. It was overwhelming to receive a grand welcome in the office on the first day. Everyone is so approachable, friendly and kind, it can almost get awkward to be treated with so much warmth, by people of such high statures. The first 7 days were the training period and after that a project was assigned. The project was divided into 3 parts. The first part focused on 2 main skills: market research and proposal making. In the market research we had to find out what is happening in our place of interest and dig out ample of information. Although it requires a considerable time on Excel to enter the specific information and make it presentable, but in the end we have an entirely new approach to look at the data and do the diagnosis. The basic step for the sales team of a country is to know which business sectors have potential. This really was a challenging task, because gathering information might seem to be easy task to people but figuring out what enhancement is possible requires understanding the business in its entirety.

Life in Japan:

Japan is known for its diversity in animals (owls, reptiles, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc), cafes, maid cafes, anime streets, and electronics. Regarding food I was amazed by the variety of the dishes available here.

For the vegetarians again could be a slight problem but for non-vegetarians who are excited to taste different exotic dishes of different regions, you are in the right country, mate. Less spicy compared to Indian food and the specialty changes with the prefecture too. Some of my favorite dishes are okonomiyaki, Coco Curry, soup ramen. For daily needs, buying food outside is way too expensive and hence buying a bento box or non veg from convenience stores is recommended or even better to save money on cooking by yourself. For the vegetarians I guess cooking is the best and most economical option.

Regarding shopping, there is lots of weird and rare stuff that can be purchased here. Some of the examples being the exotic flavors of KitKat found only in Japan and the Pokey sticks which are a fun snack to munch on. Other than these the weird flavor cookies, sweets and souvenirs.

For touring around, there are innumerable places one can visit. Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Okinawa and the numerous amusement parks across the country keep you engaged during the weekend. I would like to describe 2 of my favorite trips till now:

 

 

Trip to Disney Sea:

Disney Sea is a beautiful place with beautiful architecture. It’s great for wandering around and taking in a ride or a show now and again. There were several big rides that were great fun, including Indiana Jones and Raging Skulls. Tower of Terror is brilliant and terrifying! However it isn’t just the attractions that make Disney Sea, but the general ambiance. There had a huge structure of an active volcano which had the ride Journey to the center of Earth. Disney sea had many underwater rides in which we explored many sea water creatures. Mediterranean themed sea was vast which had two fire shows at the waterfront: The Legend of Mythica and Braviseamo. The most amazing part was the gondoliers taking their passengers around ‘Venice’ with mysterious island lurking in the distance.

Trip to Hakone and Fuji Area:

Hakone was the perfect getaway from the noise and bustle of urban life in Tokyo. It is a hill station and a part of a part of the Fuji-Hakone- Izu National park. The Hakone trip was fantastic; it involved 8 means of transport consisting of mountain train/cable car/ropeway/boat/bus! Our trip started with a transparent blue water waterfall with cold water flowing. After that we went to a lake amidst the mountains, they had popular lake pirate ships/cruises which gave a dramatic view of Mt Fuji. Lastly, a “ropeway” ride into one of the local volcanic craters, with steam plumes, sulfur fumes and blackened eggs supposed to extend your life if you can stand to eat one, also another nice panorama of Mt Fuji.

 

 

Touring Japan has been a great experience on its own but to have the privilege to go beyond that, and be exposed executives, leaders and having candid conversations with company management, was an experience like no other. Recently meeting the alumni from IITB living and working in Japan, and having the ability to get their perspectives on every aspect in this unique country was a distinctive perk. Overall, working and living at Japan has been a great experience, with loads of interesting ideas encountered, and nice memories made

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