Binaries for life!

Jana HockLSE


Hey there reader. Let me introduce myself to you. I’m Jana. Second year undergraduate at LSE, studying finance.

At the moment I’m working for Tata Trent on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.

You might be thinking: “Whoa, what? LSE finance student working on Corporate Social Responsibility?” Might sound ridiculous, but it’s true. And not ridiculous at all, by the way.

Because what I want to do in the future is work in Sustainable Finance. So along the lines of Impact Investing and Green asset management.

Working in CSR makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it?

So when I heard that I could go to India to work on CSR for Tata, I jumped at the opportunity.

Ok, hesitantly jumped. Going to a completely different continent, to a country you’ve never been to before, where you don’t know anyone and don’t speak the language, is rather scary. So I was scared. But, I did it anyway. A lil’ adventure never hurt nobody.

Having been here for one and a half weeks now, I’d like to pat myself on the back for being so brave (and quite frankly, amazing). Because it has been GREAT!

I met so many remarkable people already. At work, through community projects and in the city itself. Everyone is welcoming and warm; it’s hard not to feel good to be here. Quite a change to old, grey London, huh? Yes, India fulfills many of the stereotypes we have. It’s crowed, it’s chaotic, it’s dirty and most importantly: the traffic is insane! There’s honking everywhere, at everything and everyone.

But what I’ve learned from the Indian people so far, is that there’s beauty in everything, too. And joy of life, no matter the circumstances.

That’s an incredibly valuable insight. Just imagine how your life would change if you adopted that attitude. Not because your circumstances change, but because YOU change, and the way you see things. If you can imagine this, you might even be able to imagine the personal journey I’ve embarked upon when I left for India to work.