Yippee, Examination over!!! Graduation finally comes to an end! But what’s next in store for me? I’m sure such questions run through everybody’s mind and even I was a victim of it. After a lot of research and brain-washing, I decided like every tom, dick and harry that I’d pursue my MBA in Finance. Through various newspapers and websites, I got my hands on the “International College of Financial Planning (ICFP)” which provides super–specialization in Financial Planning. Bulls eye! That’s exactly what I was looking for! I thankfully cleared the interview.

Here it was! I entered college, all nervous and anxious as to what it has to offer! When I inquired about the program content, I got a head spinning reply which I remember till date! It was “It emphasizes on the relationship between theory and practice, providing you with the conceptual foundations and practical skills necessary to adapt to changes and keeping pace with the evolving field of financial services.”

Oh boy! Didn’t that just mean Financial Planning in lay man language? I decided to give it a shot.

Entering into a post-graduation college is a memorable experience that will change your lifestyle and personality forever.

We had our first class, couple of minutes after it had started, I gave myself a pat on my back! This is what I had been looking for, way to go whoooo!!

Maintaining healthy relations with seniors (to prevent one from being ragged), batch mates, faculty (to have an upper hand in the internals), bunking several classes and attending a few was simply in a nutshell, my understanding of College life.

I distinctly remember my first day at college. I entered all spruced up, looking tip-top, super excited to meet new people and have a lasting impression on them. Yes, no doubt I encountered a couple of initial teething problems but thereafter there was no looking back. I met wonderful people who fortunately are still my best buddies. Surprisingly I have a good rapport with the teachers as well, strange eh?This college has taught me the art of working in a group, co-ordinating among everyone, motivating each other and achieving the desired goal. ICFP has optimally balanced academics and extra-curricular activities. We have to go through a rigorous academic schedule prepared by our beloved coordinator who would be more than happy to pull your ear and drag you to the Dean in case of any mis-behavior. On the other hand, extra-cirricular activities incorporates activities such as fresher’s party, outdoor trips, Tarang (annual college fest) etc.

Life at ICFP has been an excellent blend of both theoretical and practical exposure. For instance, for a recent project, we were supposed to visit banks and non-banking financial institutions to gather information about Mutual fund products followed by a case study (which was beyond everyone). This helped us not only in gaining confidence but it also helped us in improving our public speaking skills and how to deal with real life situations.

ICFP does not compromise with studies under any circumstance, and it gets thumbs up from everyone for that! There are planned daily tests, fortnightly tests, mock interviews etc. Apart from that, several guest speakers are called at various occasions to share their knowledge and experience with us, thus drilling some sense into us! Not just that, but we also have classes for various presentations, newspaper analysis, communication skills improvement classes and so on!

ICFP has given us a great launch pad which will result into an excellent start for our careers. It has transformed my unused bird-brain into something which people are proud of now!

This blog is written by students of Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning(PGDFP), International College of Financial Planning(ICFP).
(Nikhil Khanna, Aishwarya Jain, Jaideep Singh Rawat, Ruchi Gupta)

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