2004-2005 Intern | Boston University '05
Business Administration Major
What were your job responsibilities as a VPF intern?
- Assisting David in updating portfolios.
- Maintaining files.
- Engaging in client meetings.
What was your biggest takeaway from interning at VPF?
- How to manage interns and employees.
How did your VPF internship prepare you for your career post-graduation?
My VPF internship made me fall in love with Excel and made me realize work is fun! I loved assisting David with updating portfolios for investors, but now I love making financial documents. I learned that documentation is very important, and I focus a lot on that now with my own company. Also, although it may seem trivial, it is very important to note names whenever speaking with customers.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share about your VPF internship and how it translated into your career path post-graduation?
While interning at VPF, I was earning my Bachelor's degree at Boston University. Right after the internship, I started my own recruitment company in India. In 2004 and 2005, I was the only one working with Professor Griswold, and he taught me a lot about how to run a business of any kind. And that's how I got hooked on running various businesses!
Where do you work now?
I work at my own company, Sneha Rateria Fine Jewellery, as Director.
What are your job responsibilities?
- Bringing in business.
- Managing a team of 21 people.
- Advertising and marketing.
- Financial reviews.
What's your favorite part about your job?
I really enjoy the advertising and marketing part of the running my business. I also enjoy financial reviews which were actually taught by Professor Griswold at Boston University.
If you had one piece of advice for someone entering the financial services industry, what would it be?
Be prepared to work really hard, learn how to sell, and understand that it's okay to be rejected.