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Manali Madhuchhanda

Senior Business Analyst, Cognizant

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Behind every successful person, there are tons of failures and hardships.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

As a business analyst, I conduct research and data analysis to find trends and patterns to assess processes, determine requirements and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to executives and stakeholders.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

Since childhood, I was really fascinated by numbers/maths, so this fascination led me to Engineering (Even though due to my curiosity, I had taken PCMB in 12th). During Engineering, I got exposed to a whole new world of management while managing an event in fest and during multiple club activities at Rotaract. Got to know how good communication and managerial skills can make or break a deal. So, I got fascinated by the world of Business and landed at XIMB. At XIMB, I was inclined more towards Marketing and Operations, so took part in a lot of case study competitions which involved coming up with new and innovative strategies, conducting market research, doing cost benefit analysis. I was even part of Toastmasters at XIMB where I liked the table topics round where you will be given an impromptu topic and you have to speak for 2 mins. It makes you think on your toes. By the end of first year, I was really into consulting. So, I was even part of the Consulting club of XIMB and chose Consulting as my line of career because consulting is a culmination of your marketing skills,communication skills, basic technical skills and also needs operational knowledge to understand the process flow. During my 18 months at Cognizant, my interest towards consulting evolved into Business analytics and decision science.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Currently, I am leading a team of data and business analysts for one of the largest internet based tech clients, even without having a formal degree in computer science. I wish younger me would have known this was possible earlier, so that she would not have been anxious and apprehensive about the technical world.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

Earlier business decisions and strategies were driven by personal experiences and instincts which were often very subjective. However, with the advent of disruptive AI driven technologies like business analytics and data driven approaches, business decisions and predictive strategies are now more certain and quantified.
I look forward every morning to learn and improvise on these new techniques which have become the very foundation of successful business entities.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Behind every successful person, there are tons of failures and hardships.
It is important to know that failures are bound to happen if you walk on an unfamiliar terrain. Just because only success stories are talked about, it does not necessarily mean that everyone achieves their dream instantly. You must realise that with each and every failure, you learn something and become stronger than before. With the ocean of opportunities in STEM, you might often encounter failures. These experiences will give you multiple learning opportunities, help you grow and feed your passion. So, never give up because failures do turn into success.

INSPO / FUN FACT

“A winner is dreamer who never gives up” - Nelson Mandela