“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal divided into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” This was proved by an Indian Ivy League graduate who landed a job offer from the World Bank, defying all odds along the way. Vatsal Nahata, 23, shared his inspiring story in a LinkedIn post, writing that he was looking for a job in 2020, just as he was about to graduate from Yale University in the US, during the Covid- 19 pandemic.
Even though he was eager to graduate from one of the world’s leading colleges in April 2020, the uncertainty surrounding his job kept him up all night.
Nahata recalls: “I shudder every time I remember this (the story of how he got his position at the World Bank). Everyone had a challenging period in the first half of 2020. The work situation was very bleak and people were already struggling to adapt to the pandemic “I had no job and was due to graduate in two months. And I was a student at Yale,” Nahata wrote.
The 23-year-old’s dream of getting a good job after his Masters of Arts in International and Development Economics was met with many roadblocks. One was Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, which forced organizations to recruit only U.S. citizens.
Nahata was one of many Indian professionals in the United States who struggled to find employers willing to sponsor visas. He would reach the final stage of the interview process but would later be rejected because they were unable to sponsor his visa.
He wondered what the point of coming to Yale was if he couldn’t find work in the United States. However, Nahata, a research analyst at the International Monetary Fund, was not about to give up so easily. He knew two things for sure: returning to India was not an option for him and his first salary would be in US dollars only.
This clarity led him to make one of the most important choices in his life. He decided to stop looking for jobs online or filling out job applications and start “networking” instead. And from then on, Nahata spent two months expanding his network. He made more than 80 cold calls, sent more than 1,500 connection requests, and wrote more than 600 cold emails.
Most of these efforts seemed to be fruitless until the first week of May this year. He had received four job offers, including the World Bank. After the completion of his optional practical training, they agreed to sponsor his work visa as well.
Nahata, who also holds a degree in economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi, explains that he wants to share his experience with the world to inspire others to never give up.
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