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Promising Professional Person: Amit Paul

Amit Paul
Management Trainee
Prime Bank PLC

Amit Paul, a Management Trainee at Prime Bank PLC, is a promising professional known for his keen analytical skills and dedication. His innovative approach and commitment to excellence position him as a rising star in the banking industry, contributing significantly to Prime Bank’s strategic initiatives and growth.

Let’s learn about his journey.

Mr Amit Paul, please share your professional and academic peregrination for our readers!

From my earliest days, I’ve always been outgoing and adventurous, sometimes to the dismay of my family. Bunking classes for sports or other outdoor activities and indulging in mischief was my forte, but little did I know that these traits would shape my career in unexpected ways.

In 2013, I embarked on a life-changing journey to pursue a degree in Finance in India, thanks to a fully funded scholarship from the Central Government of India. While there, I didn’t just focus on academics; I immersed myself in extracurricular activities, including participating in an International Sports Event that brought together students from over 40 different countries. This experience ignited my passion for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and taught me invaluable lessons in teamwork and communication.

Returning to Bangladesh in 2017, I was awarded with another offer letter from a University of Japan in the following year. Unfortunately, personal reasons led to my decision to remain in the country, presenting yet another challenge to conquer. Later, I decided to pursue an MBA in Human Resource Management at Dhaka University, graduating in 2020. Eager to kickstart my career, I began preparing for a job in the banking sector. After gaining experience in various small firms, I found my true calling at iFarmer in 2022, where I honed my leadership skills and problem-solving abilities.

Today, I am proud to be a Management Trainee at Prime Bank, one of Bangladesh’s leading private commercial banks where I very recently joined. My journey from a mischievous student to a corporate professional is a testament to the power of embracing adventure and seizing every opportunity for growth.

Can you share a significant life experience or challenge that has influenced your decision to pursue a career in banking and finance?

One significant experience that reshaped my perspective was when I first learned about mutual funds in India. It sparked my interest in portfolio investment and ignited a passion for exploring different investment sectors within the country.

This fascination towards having deeper understanding of economy became the driving force behind my career aspirations in banking. I was determined to make a positive impact by providing sound financial advice, offering innovative solutions, and empowering others to show right directions in their financial future.

Through my journey in banking, I want to leverage my passion to assist individuals and businesses in achieving their financial goals. My personal experience has served as a constant reminder of the importance of financial resilience and the pivotal role that banking professionals play in fostering economic well-being and prosperity.

What motivates you to excel in your role, and how do you stay inspired in your career journey?

Sometimes imperfections make you do lot of Unexpected but impactful things. Because hidden beneath those imperfections is a treasure trove of vulnerability. And that vulnerability is like the secret ingredient that makes magic happen.

Hence, I firmly believe that stagnation is the enemy of progress, and it’s this relentless pursuit of innovation, that propels me forward each day. I am deeply inspired from one of my favorite quotes by Steve Jobs resonates deeply with me: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” This encapsulates my belief that true leadership lies in the ability to innovate, to push boundaries, and to challenge the status quo. I am driven by a desire to create solutions that not only address current challenges but also anticipate future needs. It’s about thinking beyond the conventional and daring to reimagine what’s possible. Innovation is not just about introducing new ideas; it’s about making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Impactful change begins with individuals who are willing to take action and lead by example. Whether it’s streamlining processes to improve efficiency or developing products that enhance my stakeholder’s experience, I am driven by the opportunity to create positive impact. During my tenure at iFarmer, I spearheaded the launch of pivotal products such as HRIS and Performance Management software. Leading my department amidst resource constraints and mounting operational pressures, I navigated the challenges with adeptness. These tools proved instrumental in alleviating my workload, facilitating smoother operations despite the demanding environment. It may be happened because I am fueled by the excitement of tackling challenges head-on and turning them into opportunities for growth and improvement.

Ultimately, what motivates me is the belief that through innovation and impactful changes, we can create a better future for ourselves and generations to come. It’s this vision of a brighter tomorrow that propels me to excel in my role each and every day.

How do you handle stress or setbacks in your professional journey, and what strategies do you employ to stay resilient?

I assume like most of others, my life has always been an ups and down rides. I used to get shattered even by small shock. Gradually, I have learned the importance of maintaining a positive mindset in times of stress. Whether in my professional journey or personal life, When faced with KPI targets, achieving goals, or personal challenges, I prioritize understanding the root cause of my stress.

Taking a moment to track my thoughts and identify the source of stress helps me gain clarity and perspective. Sometimes, I find it helpful to write down my thoughts, as it allows me to analyze the situation more objectively and find potential solutions. Furthermore, amidst the hustle and bustle of work, I’ve been fortunate to find myself in workplaces with awesome vibes. Whenever the workload threatens to blur my vision, I embark on a mission: the desk-hopping escapade! I stroll over to my colleagues’ desks, throwing in some energetic surprises along the way. Whether it’s exchanging insights or just spreading some good vibes, these spontaneous visits inject a dose of fun into the workday. In situations where stress is caused by interpersonal conflicts or misunderstandings, I practice empathy by putting myself in the other person’s shoes. This perspective shift helps me approach the situation with understanding and compassion, rather than reacting impulsively. I believe it’s essential to maintain a calm and smiling demeanor, even in challenging situations especially when you are involved directly in dealing with people. It’s my fundamental duty to address issues with empathy and professionalism, providing support to those who come to me for help.

In essence, my approach to overcoming stress revolves around mindfulness, empathy, and maintaining a positive outlook. By applying these principles, I’m better equipped to face challenges head-on and find solutions that lead to personal and professional growth.

Is there a mentor or role model who has influenced your career path, and what lessons have you learned from their guidance?

Absolutely, there are! I’ve always been drawn to individuals who embody positivity in every aspect of their being. My role models are those who possess not only exceptional public speaking skills but also exude intelligence, confidence, and impeccable grooming. Yet, what truly sets them apart is their genuine warmth and kindness, reflecting a good heart that resonates with everyone they encounter.

From these mentors, I’ve learned invaluable lessons about the power of positivity and its transformative impact on both personal and professional endeavors. Their ability to inspire and uplift others through their words, demeanor, and genuine empathy has left an indelible mark on my career path. They’ve taught me that true success lies not only in outward appearances but also in cultivating a compassionate heart and nurturing authentic connections with those around us.

Throughout my career and academic journey, I’ve been fortunate to encounter numerous mentors who have illuminated my path forward.

Beyond your current role, what impact or contribution do you hope to make in the banking sector as you progress in your career?

My dream is to combine advanced technology with financial inclusion. In Bangladesh, our recent BBS survey revealed that 3 out of 4 people still lack access to banking services. By bridging this gap, we not only contribute to economic development but also promote sustainable progress for bank.

I envision leveraging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Machine Learning in the banking sector. These tools can streamline and automated operations, enhance cybersecurity, risk management, facilitate trade finance and alleviate the burden on customers alligning with the regulations and policies. By embracing innovation, we can create a more inclusive and efficient banking system that benefits everyone.

Mr Amit Paul, please say something to the readers!

Hey readers, I just wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for joining me on this journey. I am still a stage 1 learner who have aspirations to do something impactful in the long run. It’s been quite a ride, filled with twists, turns, and plenty of imperfections along the way which will be get going. But you know what? It’s all been worth it, especially when I have amazing people like you by my side.
In a world where satisfaction seems elusive and settling feels impossible, finding positivity in the midst of it all is key. And you know what else? It’s all about investing in yourself. Because when you prioritize self-satisfaction, everything else falls into place.

So here’s to embracing the journey, imperfections and all, and investing in ourselves every step of the way.

I’ve poured my heart into providing every possible addition. Even if a single word offers a solution to my readers, it would mark my achievement during this challenging writing journey. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to contribute in any way possible
Thanks for being a part of it all.

Quick Chat with Amit Paul

The most outstanding achievement of your life as of now:
Unearthing my inner self and rebounding to shape my lifestyle.

The greatest philosopher in your view:
Abul Kalam Azad, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore.

Your Icon:
Shah Rukh Khan

Name the most influential books you have read:
The Virgin Way – Richard Branson
The power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Your greatest fear:
Losing my most loved and dear ones.

Best piece of advice you’ve received:
Perform duties selflessly, trusting in the Almighty, rather than placing expectations on anything or anyone.

You in only three words:
Energetic, Empathetic, Fun Loving.

Skill Set:

● Hard Skills
HRIS, HR Analytics, Smart Pro – Management Information System.

● Soft Skills
Communication, Interpersonal skill, Adaptibility, Problem-Solving Skills, Time Management, Proactiveness.

Prayer For The Human Civilization
I dream of a healthy society where everyone values wellness and embraces healthy living. May we all respect each other and prioritize a safe, green environment. Let this prayer guide us towards a civilization founded on health, respect, and caring for our planet.

The InCAP: Thank you, Mr. Amit Paul! It’s a glittering conversation with you!

Mr. Md Dalouear Hossain: My pleasure! Wish you all the best! Thank you.

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