Ashok Sherchan has been the CEO at Prabhu Bank Ltd. since 2014. Originally from Baglung, he graduated from Shankar Dev Campus with a Bachelors in Commerce and worked in Kathmandu with a hope to fulfill his dreams and aspirations. In conversation with Republica’s Sonam Lama, he shares about his struggles, experiences and insights on Nepal’s banking sector.

Your hopes were high and now they’ve been dashed. You received a curt, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ for an opportunity you were really excited about.

“You are passively sitting in a group and not contributing anything at all,” I whispered to a participant during a recent workshop. She hesitated a bit and gave me an awkward smile. During the break, she came up to me and said, “Actually, I didn’t know much about this workshop. My friend dragged me here with her. So I was a little lost during the activities.”

What would make you quit your job? How difficult is it to work while still in college?

When you ask for a reference, both whom and how you ask for this employment reference is really important. You need to be sure that the person who is recommending you for employment is willing and able to give you a good reference.

Manju Gurung is the vice captain of Nepal’s national volleyball team. Her journey to professional volleyball began at 9 when she caught the attention of her coach. Since then she has represented Nepal in various national and international tournaments. She was part of the team that won bronze medal for Nepal in the 12th South Asian Games held in India. She was even awarded the ‘Kaski player of the year’ in 2015. She is now the brand ambassador for Vibor Society Development Bank, Pokhara. In conversation with Republica’s Prasansha Rimal she talks about her experience as a national volleyball player and an employee of a bank.

How do you search for jobs? Have social media and other online portals made it easier to access career opportunities in Nepal?

Be it building of a nation or making a company successful, it is said that both men and women play a significant role. To what extent do you think this idea has been implemented in reality? Are women given equal roles in key positions? Are they provided with equal career opportunities in Nepal?

The thing is, success is totally subjective. If you’re feeling a little down about where you are or asking what it means to be successful ask yourself these questions.

KATHMANDU, March 6: On the occasion of 50th anniversary of FNCCI, ‘Mangament Mantras : Creating excellence at workplace,’ a talk program by Sri Sri Ravi Shankhar was held at Hotel Annapurna on Sunday.