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'600 cold emails, 80 calls: Here's how 23-Year-old Indian man landed a job at World Bank

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 September 2022, 16:03 IST
Vatsal Nahata.

It goes without saying that hard work never goes to waste, and there is no alternative route to success. Vatsal Nahata, an Ivy League graduate, proved it right. The Yale University graduate kept on attempting for his dream job at World Bank, and eventually landed it after sending 600 email and 80 phone calls.

The 23-year-old has given an account of his entire venture through a long post on LinkedIn, which has been liked by over 15,000 people. His inspiring journey has also been shared by almost 100 people.

Vatsal Nahata's inspirational pursuit began in the time of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when he was close to finishing his graduation at the reputed university.

He commenced the post by saying that companies were on a spree to lay off employees as they were gearing up for the worst.

"I did not have a job at hand and I was going to graduate in 2 months. And I was a student at "Yale". I thought to myself: what was the point of coming to Yale when I can't even secure a job here. It became harder to sound strong to my parents when they called and asked me how I was doing," said Nahata.

"But I was determined that returning to India was not an option, and that my first paycheck would only be in Dollars. I went all out on networking, and took the risk of completely avoiding job application forms or job portals," Nahata said.

Furthermore, Vatsal Nahata added that in two months, he sent more than 1,500 connection requests, wrote 600 emails, got on 80 phone calls and came up against a huge number of rejections.

The 23-year-old further stated that 'The Gentle Hum of Anxiety' from the 2010 movie 'The Social Network' became his most-played song on his playlist.

"Ultimately, I had knocked on so many doors that my strategy paid off! I ended up with 4 job offers by the first week of May and chose the World Bank. They were willing to sponsor my Visa after my OPT and my manager offered me co-authorship on a Machine Learning paper with the World Bank's current Director of Research (something unheard of for a 23 year old)," said Nahata.

The Economics graduate from Delhi University’s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) then stated the tough period gave lessons to him about few things: The power of networking that became his second nature, confidence that I could survive in any situation, and realisation that an Ivy League degree could only guide him so far.

The main motive behind telling his story to the world, said Nahata, is to solely inspire people to never give up. "If you're going through something similar where the world seems to be collapsing on you: carry on - do not go gentle into that good night! Better days will come if you're learning from your mistakes and if you knock on enough doors," Nahata said while ending the post.

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First published: 26 September 2022, 15:43 IST