Interview of Upmanyu Bhaumik: Working Abroad and Unorthodox Careers


“Smell the coffee you are needed out there, just answer your calling.”

“I was just an average student in college, But what brought me here today is my passion and how I see myself 10 years after on the mirror. The choice is yours.”

Upmanyu Bhaumik graduated from ICFAI Law School in 2016. He has been associated with AIESEC which is an organization that develops youth leadership by facilitating social development and professional internships.

He has taken up a career away from the core area of law and travels all around the globe for work.

In this interview he shares experiences in law school, working with AIESEC, and how unorthodox careers are on the rise.

1. Tell our readers about yourself.

My name is Upmanyu Bhaumik, I am 26 years old from Kolkata, West Bengal graduated from the Faculty of Law, The ICFAI University, Dehradun. I am currently the national director of AIESEC’s national office in the Sultanate of Oman.

Post my tenure which ends on 31st July, I shall be moving to Tunisia to work with a company there for my further career enhancement.

2. How would you describe your law school journey?

My law school journey was more something that I wanted to study and I wanted to understand the status quo it made me a more self-aware national in India and it was kinda different than everyone else. Yes, I also dreamt of winning international moot courts and getting placed in the top law firms, but then it all depends on how you are able to understand what you really are and what your passion is.

The first two years I was an active person doing moot courts and parliamentary debates and also several national conferences but during my 3rd Year of law school, I was able to find my calling and decided to join AIESEC’s local office in Dehradun and that changed my life totally until I graduated.

3. What are the internships/activities that you participated in?

Since my first year I was extremely interested in doing unconventional internships, my first year I interned with the National Human Rights Commission, my second year was with IIT Delhi’s public policy think tank Rakshak Foundation working on Surrogacy In India, the third year I interned with NLSIU, Bangalore and 4th Year I interned with Inshorts App final year Internship was with AIESEC itself finishing my graduation.

Throughout these 5 years, I never let the fact that I come from a small law college affect me. I was going around places for moots, conferences, MUNs, and debates because it’s on you how much and what you want to learn.

The key highlight has been my research with the Ministry of Women and Child Development on Surrogacy in India later was able to present the same in front of the standing committee and make my contribution towards the Surrogacy Bill.

Read Upmanyu’s internship experience at NLSIU and Rakshak Foundation.

4. Tell us about AIESEC.

Interview of Upmanyu Bhaumik on working abroad

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental and not-for-profit that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural internships, and volunteer exchange globalist experiences.

The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a progressive social impact. The AIESEC network includes approximately 44,280 members in 127 countries.

AIESEC is a non-governmental in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is an independent arm of the UNDPI and UN’s office of the secretary-general’s envoy on youth, member of ICMYO and is recognized by UNESCO. AIESEC’s international headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

In India, AIESEC is present in 27 cities and you can find AIESEC on or AIESEC in India Facebook or Instagram.

5. How was your experience with AIESEC?

My Experience was AIESEC was exceptional. I joined AIESEC in 2013  as a member/volunteer of AIESEC with AIESEC in Dehradun, Until 2016 I have been the team leader and also local vice president wherein I was responsible for bringing international students to Dehradun and facilitate the AIESEC experience through different projects which align to the 17 Sustainable development goals.

Post my vice president term, I decided to take up AIESEC as my career and I moved to another country to be the national vice President there and it was tough and challenging being a new country but in the end, it made me a better person.

I moved to Oman in 2018 and currently I am holding the office of CEO of AIESEC in The Sultanate of Oman and leading a diverse team and a team of 77 Omani youth towards AIESEC’s vision and core.

6. What is your current designation and company?

I currently national director of AIESEC in the Sultanate of Oman (CEO, AIESEC LLC) and as AIESEC follows a transitional leadership model I finish my term soon and I will be moving to Tunis, Tunisia to join another company called Worldwide Studies to work with them as the B2B Responsible.

7. How many countries have you traveled to for work and which was your favorite destination?

I have traveled over 14 countries to date and by far my favorite destination has been Egypt, waking up to the view of pyramids and it is beyond words.

8. Do you come across many law graduates in your line of work?

Not a lot, but yes I do come across law graduates, it’s all on how self-aware you are to understand your own passion, being a part of the herd and going for the conventional way isn’t always the thing.

9. What is your message to law students inclined to choose unorthodox careers after law school?

Learn. Unlearn. Relearn. Your life is as beautiful as your courage, do you want to be a part of the herd and keep struggling or do what everyone will obviously do or want to step out of your comfort zone and live the experience.

Yes, I am from a middle-class family too and I have only one earning member in my family, I am doing amazing still. Smell the coffee you are needed out there, just answer your calling.

Interview of Upmanyu Bhaumik on working abroad

10. Parting message for all our readers.

I was just an average student in college, But what brought me here today is my passion and how I see myself 10 years after on the mirror. The choice is yours. To be a director of a company in 26 is not easy, but, It’s never just about that, its more than that. Good Luck & Godspeed!

This interview was first published on July 18, 2019.


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