The team had a good time in Cambodia and the trip proved to be a lucrative decision for market research. Upon return, the team has been very busy with translating the information into the final financial model. The team has been brainstorming about what the final product should look like and how it should operate to meet and exceed client expectations. The team is learning that sometimes having a lot of open space, a realm of options, and a large range to work in can also be overwhelming. The team strategically spent the whole day on just designing the model on paper. But thankfully, the skills required to develop a paper template are just common sense and implementing client requirements.
One of our team members, Sneha had the unique opportunity to be on a Wedu panel to interview a rising star applicant, Sonia Akter. Sonia is a girl from Bangladesh and is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Economics at the Asian University for Women (AUW). Sonia is from the village Tangail. According to her, child marriage is one of the largest social issues in her native country. Sonia’s elder sisters were married off at a very young age and did not get to study at a collegiate level. Sonia however has the support of her mother and is keen on doing her masters either in Australia or in India. Sonia is certain of returning back to her community and serving her village post attaining her master’s degree. It was Sneha’s first experience being on a Wedu panel. She found Sonia to be very mature and confident for her age. Sonia came across as an ambitious girl with a strong commitment to change society. Sonia said she was looking for mentorship, as she needs guidance to become an even stronger leader. So, it appears that Wedu definitely has the right candidate on board. Sonia has funds to complete her undergraduate degree because of a scholarship she received from her school. However, she is fervently looking for funding for her masters. On being questioned by Sneha, Sonia agreed to a student loan option if not being given a scholarship. This was a perfect situation for the FISA model to come into play. Sneha further questioned Sonia about her future dream job and the details of her masters. Sneha felt confident that Sonia fit the bill for the FISA model.
The team also met with David Law, an alumni currently residing in Bangkok. The team had some authentic northern style Thai food and a great chat about living and working in SE Asia. Being one of the last few days in Bangkok, the team is trying to take advantage of quality time to look around and get some souvenirs for friends and family. Hopefully they will have enough space in their suitcase to make it home with all their stealth bargains!