To be begin with, I interned at Forbes Marshall which is a leading organization in the field of energy conservation and process efficiency. I came to know about this internship opportunity through one of the Management Staff in my University. My internship lasted for 45 days, from 15th June to 31st July, 2013 and I ensured that I attended each and every day without fail. In review, this internship has been an excellent and rewarding experience. As one and a half months flew by, I feel glad to have undertaken this opportunity as it not only taught me more than a few important things but also got me into exploring where my own interests lie. Dealing with many different departments everyday helped me understand the intricacies of the business. I was also exposed to the nitty-gritty of manufacturing and worked towards implementing product changes that were supposed to cause drastic improvements in the outcome while reducing the number of accidents at the same time.
After reading and exercising with many Industrial (Product) Design projects during the course of my internship, I can now safely say that I am slightly more inclined to prefer taking my career down the same route. Initially, I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of my job role, but after interacting with my supervisors on countless occasions, it appears that Product Design is not only a super competitive field to enter into but also an extremely challenging one to survive in. Nevertheless, I believe that it suits me more than anything else, as since my high school I have continuously strived towards developing specific skills such as AutoCAD, Autodesk 3dsMax, Basic Rhino3D etc. which can serve as a huge contribution in perfecting myself in this particular field. I got a chance to learn more about Rhinoceros 4.0 & Keyshot during my Internship which are 3D modeling softwares generally used in architecture, industrial design, rapid prototyping, multimedia and graphic design industries.
Apart from all the things I learnt at my internship, I also got to work under and with a lot of nice people. Somehow, I feel really lucky that I always have really nice bosses (Kunal Ghate) and I firmly believe that having a mentor who is dedicated to your best interests makes all the difference. All of my colleagues (Industrial Designer: Amod Gijare, Shashank Wanwe and Abhijeet Arnavenkar ) in the team also helped me in one way or another but most importantly they created a better work environment for me every day.My working hours were pretty long but worth it.
Contrary to my initial expectations, I cherish my time at this internship. It is hard to make a decision when my interests are so varied, but I still have a couple of years left to decide. For now, I’m trying and spending more time in taking what I learnt from Forbes Marshall and working on it further as my internship might have ended, but one should never stop working.
Rohan Thapar is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering & Product Design Department from Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon.
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