My summer job was a short term experience that provided me a real insight into what it’s actually like working in a brand management firm for a career of my choice. I was interned at Future Brands, Delhi. Currently, I am a management student at MYRA School of Business, Mysore. My institution helped me to escalate my market opportunities and to intern with one of the leading conglomerates of the country. Dr. Nagananda Kumar- Executive Director, MYRA found my skill set suitable for brand management and thus suggested me to write to Future Brands expressing my interest working with them.
Why FUTURE BRANDS??
‘Future Brands’- is a subsidiary for Future Group of companies and is one of the leading houses in the country for brand solutions. I have always been excited about brands as a customer and this was a real time opportunity for me to know about them! As soon as I was recommended for Future Brands, I went hurriedly through the company’s web-site and its presence in social-media. What I found there was real attention-grabbing!! ‘Future Brands’ doesn’t only provide solutions to nationals and multinationals but also create and maintain their own brands. The subsidiary establishment is an owner of almost 85% brands of Future Retail. Apart from these, it also provides services for Indian and global companies on conceptual and operational brand challenges, helps them to recognize consumer insights and provides brand strategies. In simple language Future Brands supports these companies to succeed in business through insights & knowledge-based brand solutions.
Along with me were five more of my MYRA cohorts, interested to intern with ‘Future Brands’. Most of us matched the same interest and were ardent towards the learning experience yet to come. Our curriculum vitae was now already shared with Future Brands. One fine day e-mails popped-up from Mr. Atulit Saxsena; Chief Operating Officer; Future brands, who asked us to position a Skype Call the same evening. As informed the on-line call meet took place exactly at 6:00 pm the same evening. All of us were equally excited for this meeting. The conversation started by introducing each-other and unfolding about each-other’s strengths and weaknesses. After an exhaustive discussion, and analyzing everyone’s strengths; Mr. Atulit, suggested our team to author a book on ‘Private Brands’ and its scenario in the Indian Market. We were a lot more excited now. Come-on!! Which management student would say ‘NO’ to such an opportunity!
We were required to report at Future Brands office, Delhi on 21st April 2014 and thus all of us were likewise excited and well stable at the destined place by the previous day. The first day at Future Brand’s office was incredible. I never saw such a cool office in my career, or had ever imagined of. The culture followed at Future Brands was totally different and new to everyone in our team. More than cubicles the office people preferred large conference halls, where all of them can sit together and discuss on any project. The environs around the office was much different than other work places. The office was full with an energetic mix of Brand strategy and management expertise who take on brand challenges in various categories of products.
The first couple of days were intensive and a lot of coffee was required (good thing coffee was free!). Our initial days were spent with secondary research and exhaustive discussions with brand managers and experts present at Future Brands office. The idea was to acquire perfect knowledge about our individual areas of research for the book. The other eight weeks ahead led us to primary research; visits to various outlets across the city, surveying retailers and consumers, and online/offline meetings with various project heads. These meetings provided us real time inputs supporting our content. In the meanwhile we were also drafting our reports with the ongoing research. The last one week was spent with adding additional contents, designing, proof reading, layouts, and template groundwork for the book. Mr. Atulit used to guide us on our works done on a day-to-day basis, which facilitated us to structure our notions in a better manner.
At last I would say, interning at Future Brands was gratifying, challenging, and a total learning experience. For someone like me with no brand management background and a limited idea about the field, my internship experience was like learning a foreign language. Nevertheless, practice and a lot of reading helped me grasp the basic concepts of Brand management. There’s was no better way to acquire these skills without jumping into a corporate environment.
PGDM 2nd year
MYRA School of Business