Wesley Thorne

“Sahil is one of the most insightful and gifted speakers with which I have had the pleasure working. I first connected with him when he delivered a talk at UCLA to a group of anxious seniors about being successful at their professional jobs. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. The students listened intently to every word. His message was on point, targeted and impactful.

I have since invited him to speak at several marquee programs at UCLA and our students have benefitted tremendously from his wealth of knowledge and experience. One of the things I appreciate most about him is that he tailors his message in a way that speaks directly to a range of audiences. He brings unique insights from his extensive industry experience to deliver interesting learning scenarios and highly impactful strategies that help students to think in a myriad of practical ways about how to move forward in their career journey.

Not only does he speak with passion but his own success is what drives his desire to see success in others. I highly recommend him to any organization looking to motivate its employees or provide greater value to its clients, and to any university looking to increase student engagement in career readiness.”

Director of Career Center, UCLA (former Director at Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern)

2017-05-30T10:23:39+00:00

Director of Career Center, UCLA (former Director at Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern)

“Sahil is one of the most insightful and gifted speakers with which I have had the pleasure working. I first connected with him when he delivered a talk at UCLA to a group of anxious seniors about being successful at their professional jobs. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. The students listened intently to every word. His message was on point, targeted and impactful. I have since invited him to speak at several marquee programs at UCLA and our students have benefitted tremendously from his wealth of knowledge and experience. One of the things I appreciate most about him is that he tailors his message in a way that speaks directly to a range of audiences. He brings unique insights from his extensive industry experience to deliver interesting learning scenarios and highly impactful strategies that help students to think in a myriad of practical ways about how to move forward in their career journey. Not only does he speak with passion but his own success is what drives his desire to see success in others. I highly recommend him to any organization looking to motivate its employees or provide greater value to its clients, and to any university looking to increase student engagement in career readiness.”

Lin Young

“During my time as the Director of UCLA Alumni Career Initiatives, I had the distinct pleasure and good fortune of working with Sahil Punamia on numerous occasions. Sahil taught our students to develop a personal brand, grow a powerful network, land jobs they will love, and increase their overall engagement with life and leadership. What makes Sahil stand out among the other presenters is his positive and uplifting energy, his ability to connect to students, and his ongoing mentorship and indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit. While still in his twenties, Sahil easily relates to our students, and vice versa. If you are looking for an energetic, charismatic and accomplished trainer who will invest in the success of your students, I fully endorse working with Sahil.”

Former Director of Career Center, UCLA

2017-05-30T10:41:43+00:00

Former Director of Career Center, UCLA

“During my time as the Director of UCLA Alumni Career Initiatives, I had the distinct pleasure and good fortune of working with Sahil Punamia on numerous occasions. Sahil taught our students to develop a personal brand, grow a powerful network, land jobs they will love, and increase their overall engagement with life and leadership. What makes Sahil stand out among the other presenters is his positive and uplifting energy, his ability to connect to students, and his ongoing mentorship and indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit. While still in his twenties, Sahil easily relates to our students, and vice versa. If you are looking for an energetic, charismatic and accomplished trainer who will invest in the success of your students, I fully endorse working with Sahil.”

Ben Johnson

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Sahil for the past two years as he has graciously served as a guest speaker for our career programming within UCLA Alumni Affairs. He has given highly successful presentations to our alumni audience to help them address their career needs at all stages of the career life cycle. Sahil has a natural ability to clearly articulate the subject matter on which he is speaking, resulting in a highly polished product. His tone, pace, and demeanor are all spot on and in complete sync with one another as he effortlessly glides through presentations with ease and professionalism. Sahil has a unique ability to connect with his audience both in person and virtually. This flexibility and adaptability makes Sahil a true professional when it comes to speaking engagements.”

Program Manager, UCLA Alumni Affairs

2017-05-30T10:50:45+00:00

Program Manager, UCLA Alumni Affairs

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Sahil for the past two years as he has graciously served as a guest speaker for our career programming within UCLA Alumni Affairs. He has given highly successful presentations to our alumni audience to help them address their career needs at all stages of the career life cycle. Sahil has a natural ability to clearly articulate the subject matter on which he is speaking, resulting in a highly polished product. His tone, pace, and demeanor are all spot on and in complete sync with one another as he effortlessly glides through presentations with ease and professionalism. Sahil has a unique ability to connect with his audience both in person and virtually. This flexibility and adaptability makes Sahil a true professional when it comes to speaking engagements.”

David Flores

“Sahil served as a guest judge for Econ 130 Public Finance course during Fall quarter 2016. In this capacity, Sahil provided excellent feedback on both the delivery and structure of the group presentations. Additionally, Sahil added value to the students' overall experience with his ability to ask insightful questions that provided students with the opportunity demonstrate the relevance of the economic theory as it related to its real-world application. I particularly admired how Sahil expertly wove his feedback into his professional experience by helping students understand how they would be expected to design and deliver a presentation in a formal business setting. It was clear the students valued his concrete feedback as they patiently waited to speak with him at the conclusion of the class. Sahil has the business acumen, university pedigree, and, most importantly, relatability to effectively engage audiences of any demographic.”

Assistant Director of Experiential Engagement, UCLA

2017-05-30T10:52:33+00:00

Assistant Director of Experiential Engagement, UCLA

“Sahil served as a guest judge for Econ 130 Public Finance course during Fall quarter 2016. In this capacity, Sahil provided excellent feedback on both the delivery and structure of the group presentations. Additionally, Sahil added value to the students' overall experience with his ability to ask insightful questions that provided students with the opportunity demonstrate the relevance of the economic theory as it related to its real-world application. I particularly admired how Sahil expertly wove his feedback into his professional experience by helping students understand how they would be expected to design and deliver a presentation in a formal business setting. It was clear the students valued his concrete feedback as they patiently waited to speak with him at the conclusion of the class. Sahil has the business acumen, university pedigree, and, most importantly, relatability to effectively engage audiences of any demographic.”

Joonhwa Kim

“After attending Sahil Punamia’s presentation at the UBS at UCLA meeting, I can sufficiently say that I was more than motivated to get a jump start on my career; and even more than that, I now had to tools to do it. Having come into the presentation as an ambitious but inexperienced freshman, Sahil’s presentation gave me a clear view on not only what I should be doing, but how I should be doing it, as well as invoking a fresh renewed sense of urgency. From setting clear goals and paths for myself to reaching out, “getting smart”, and networking, Sahil outlined all the information I needed to know, but in an informative, engaging manner. His energy, passion, and clear interest in our well-being, as well as the groundbreaking, highly beneficial content in his presentation resonated with me and connected to my ambition in a way that other presentations I've attended could not. I can safely say that this presentation was one of the most useful things I have gotten out of my education here at UCLA so far!”

Freshman Presentation Attendee, UCLA

2017-05-30T11:04:16+00:00

Freshman Presentation Attendee, UCLA

“After attending Sahil Punamia’s presentation at the UBS at UCLA meeting, I can sufficiently say that I was more than motivated to get a jump start on my career; and even more than that, I now had to tools to do it. Having come into the presentation as an ambitious but inexperienced freshman, Sahil’s presentation gave me a clear view on not only what I should be doing, but how I should be doing it, as well as invoking a fresh renewed sense of urgency. From setting clear goals and paths for myself to reaching out, “getting smart”, and networking, Sahil outlined all the information I needed to know, but in an informative, engaging manner. His energy, passion, and clear interest in our well-being, as well as the groundbreaking, highly beneficial content in his presentation resonated with me and connected to my ambition in a way that other presentations I've attended could not. I can safely say that this presentation was one of the most useful things I have gotten out of my education here at UCLA so far!”

Landon Wilneff

"Sahil’s presentations have taught me that involvement outside the classroom is just as important as performance within the classroom. He is able to speak from a student’s perspective and has demonstrated that there are a variety of relatively simple steps you can take as a student to find and achieve your career goals. His comprehensive presentations cover everything from brainstorming career options to contacting employers to interviewing tips and resume editing. Using Sahil’s advice, I have been able to develop a professional resume and obtain leadership positions within multiple on-campus organizations before my junior year! I’d highly recommend Sahil to any student eager to become more involved on campus and begin their career path!"

Sophomore Presentation Attendee, UCLA

2017-05-30T11:37:03+00:00

Sophomore Presentation Attendee, UCLA

"Sahil’s presentations have taught me that involvement outside the classroom is just as important as performance within the classroom. He is able to speak from a student’s perspective and has demonstrated that there are a variety of relatively simple steps you can take as a student to find and achieve your career goals. His comprehensive presentations cover everything from brainstorming career options to contacting employers to interviewing tips and resume editing. Using Sahil’s advice, I have been able to develop a professional resume and obtain leadership positions within multiple on-campus organizations before my junior year! I’d highly recommend Sahil to any student eager to become more involved on campus and begin their career path!"

Kevin Wilde

“Unlike most presenters, Sahil connects with students on a personal level, and his positive energy helps students to stay engaged. Students are consistently impressed by Sahil’s ability to share his knowledge clearly and concisely. More importantly, students have given feedback that his presentations are insightful and applicable to the business world. One student wrote, “[Sahil] presented the information using lots of graphs and real-life examples, which made his message more relatable to the students. He shared useful tips that I had never thought about/heard of before. Two hours well spent!”
Along with his ability to provide meaningful and useful advice to his audience, Sahil is well-organized, easy to get along with, and personable. He always strives to pay attention to both our needs and the needs of his audience, while always looking for ways to make each presentation better than his last. His organization, professionalism, and ability to deliver puts myself and the other event coordinators at ease.
I strongly believe that Sahil’s presentations have given UCLA students an upper hand on the competition, and it is my hope that he will continue coming to UCLA, and other universities, to share his valuable professional advice.”

Leadership Development Manager, Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA

2017-05-30T11:21:47+00:00

Leadership Development Manager, Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA

“Unlike most presenters, Sahil connects with students on a personal level, and his positive energy helps students to stay engaged. Students are consistently impressed by Sahil’s ability to share his knowledge clearly and concisely. More importantly, students have given feedback that his presentations are insightful and applicable to the business world. One student wrote, “[Sahil] presented the information using lots of graphs and real-life examples, which made his message more relatable to the students. He shared useful tips that I had never thought about/heard of before. Two hours well spent!” Along with his ability to provide meaningful and useful advice to his audience, Sahil is well-organized, easy to get along with, and personable. He always strives to pay attention to both our needs and the needs of his audience, while always looking for ways to make each presentation better than his last. His organization, professionalism, and ability to deliver puts myself and the other event coordinators at ease. I strongly believe that Sahil’s presentations have given UCLA students an upper hand on the competition, and it is my hope that he will continue coming to UCLA, and other universities, to share his valuable professional advice.”

Ezra Soriano

Sahil has undoubtedly been the most engaging, informative, and helpful career coach I have worked with at UCLA. From the eye-opening resume workshops, to the revealing LinkedIn workshops I’ve seen, Sahil uncovers the best tips and tricks to getting a dream job. His ideas are simple. His plans are well organized. And above, all, they actually work. From Sahil, I have learned that recruiting is not rocket science but rather a process that takes time and dedication. Through his coaching, Sahil takes the time to customize short term and long term goals for his clients which makes the experience that much effective. If, i am struggling, or having trouble with anything, Sahil is always quick to respond and is determined to change and my goals and teach me the skills needed to feel comfortable in the recruitment process. Sahil’s presentations are better than most others because they encouragingly instill a sense of urgency in in the job hunt and as a result produce immediate results. Sahil cares about his work, cares about the people he works with, and is the best career coach out there!

President, TAMID (Student Business Club), UCLA

2017-05-30T11:16:14+00:00

President, TAMID (Student Business Club), UCLA

Sahil has undoubtedly been the most engaging, informative, and helpful career coach I have worked with at UCLA. From the eye-opening resume workshops, to the revealing LinkedIn workshops I’ve seen, Sahil uncovers the best tips and tricks to getting a dream job. His ideas are simple. His plans are well organized. And above, all, they actually work. From Sahil, I have learned that recruiting is not rocket science but rather a process that takes time and dedication. Through his coaching, Sahil takes the time to customize short term and long term goals for his clients which makes the experience that much effective. If, i am struggling, or having trouble with anything, Sahil is always quick to respond and is determined to change and my goals and teach me the skills needed to feel comfortable in the recruitment process. Sahil’s presentations are better than most others because they encouragingly instill a sense of urgency in in the job hunt and as a result produce immediate results. Sahil cares about his work, cares about the people he works with, and is the best career coach out there!

Justin Chang

“Before I attended Sahil's professional workshop, I was had no idea on how to get my career path kickstarted. I had heard good things about his professional services through mutual friends, so I decided to give it a shot and scheduled my first meeting with him. He immediately was able to lay out a detailed, personally-tailored strategy for the upcoming months, while pointing me towards the resources I needed to develop strong networking and interviewing skills.

Throughout my mentorship, Sahil really took the time to identify the areas in which I needed improvement and made a strong effort for progress one meeting after another. He made himself very available throughout the whole process through text, email, and even spontaneous meetings to discuss pre-interview tips, last-minute edits, and more. I would definitely recommend Sahil and the Aspiring Professional to anyone that is serious about getting a head start in their career.”

Client - Business Analyst, Infosys

2017-05-30T11:19:23+00:00

Client - Business Analyst, Infosys

“Before I attended Sahil's professional workshop, I was had no idea on how to get my career path kickstarted. I had heard good things about his professional services through mutual friends, so I decided to give it a shot and scheduled my first meeting with him. He immediately was able to lay out a detailed, personally-tailored strategy for the upcoming months, while pointing me towards the resources I needed to develop strong networking and interviewing skills. Throughout my mentorship, Sahil really took the time to identify the areas in which I needed improvement and made a strong effort for progress one meeting after another. He made himself very available throughout the whole process through text, email, and even spontaneous meetings to discuss pre-interview tips, last-minute edits, and more. I would definitely recommend Sahil and the Aspiring Professional to anyone that is serious about getting a head start in their career.”

Tyler Sullberg

Sahil’s expertise entirely transformed the way I approach the recruitment process and was directly responsible for me getting interviews at all my target firms and multiple job offers. His advice ranges from high-level insights about the interests and inherent biases of resume-reviewers to the relative benefits of punctuation and formatting changes. Instead of relying on platitudes like “Choose a career you’re passionate about”, Sahil takes the time to understand the specific interests, goals, concerns, and abilities of a given candidate. The combination of this attention to detail with his deep expertise results in advice that is both clear and actionable. His understanding of my application’s intended audience resulted in profound chances in the experiences I emphasized, the details I omitted, and the overall flow and format of my application. I would most certainly recommend Sahil to anyone who is serious about achieving their career goals.”

Client - Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman

2017-05-30T11:26:59+00:00

Client - Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman

“Sahil’s expertise entirely transformed the way I approach the recruitment process and was directly responsible for me getting interviews at all my target firms and multiple job offers. His advice ranges from high-level insights about the interests and inherent biases of resume-reviewers to the relative benefits of punctuation and formatting changes. Instead of relying on platitudes like “Choose a career you’re passionate about”, Sahil takes the time to understand the specific interests, goals, concerns, and abilities of a given candidate. The combination of this attention to detail with his deep expertise results in advice that is both clear and actionable. His understanding of my application’s intended audience resulted in profound chances in the experiences I emphasized, the details I omitted, and the overall flow and format of my application. I would most certainly recommend Sahil to anyone who is serious about achieving their career goals.”

Sandy Lok

“Sahil’s technique for translating experiences into a resume is brilliant. It really helped me tell my story and stand out among other candidates. Sahil also helped me strategically plan not only the start of my career but also the direction in which I want to take my career. None of your family and friends will be as dedicated to your professional success as he is as well. Seriously, Sahil is great.”

Client - Strategy and Operations Consultant, Huron Consulting

2017-05-30T11:29:13+00:00

Client - Strategy and Operations Consultant, Huron Consulting

“Sahil’s technique for translating experiences into a resume is brilliant. It really helped me tell my story and stand out among other candidates. Sahil also helped me strategically plan not only the start of my career but also the direction in which I want to take my career. None of your family and friends will be as dedicated to your professional success as he is as well. Seriously, Sahil is great.”

Anish Patel

“As a former engineering student, I had no idea how to properly structure my resume and cover letters for business internships. Sahil went through great lengths to help me with my resume and cover letter and not only did so through direct edits, but by also walking me through the mindset of the recruiters themselves. His mentoring is a perfect blend of experience, intuition, and motivation. Anyone who is serious about landing a job out of college will learn tremendously from Sahil.

Client - Associate Market Planning Manager, Genentech

2017-05-30T11:30:43+00:00

Client - Associate Market Planning Manager, Genentech

“As a former engineering student, I had no idea how to properly structure my resume and cover letters for business internships. Sahil went through great lengths to help me with my resume and cover letter and not only did so through direct edits, but by also walking me through the mindset of the recruiters themselves. His mentoring is a perfect blend of experience, intuition, and motivation. Anyone who is serious about landing a job out of college will learn tremendously from Sahil.”

Davis Higashi

Sahil Punamia draws on his past experience as a successful L.E.K. consultant to truly connect with his audience on a more intimate level. His unparalleled passion for helping others land a full-time offer is clearly evident in his detailed step-by-step breakdown on how to always achieve more, regardless of one’s current position. Many of Sahil’s key points have helped me throughout the recruiting process, whether it’s something quick like what words to replace when responding to common interview questions or something much more diligent like personal branding.He showed me, and will definitely show you, how to take advantage of every resource available in order to advance toward the ultimate goal – your dream job.”

Leadership Development Director, Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA

2017-05-30T11:39:17+00:00

Leadership Development Director, Undergraduate Business Society, UCLA

“Sahil Punamia draws on his past experience as a successful L.E.K. consultant to truly connect with his audience on a more intimate level. His unparalleled passion for helping others land a full-time offer is clearly evident in his detailed step-by-step breakdown on how to always achieve more, regardless of one’s current position. Many of Sahil’s key points have helped me throughout the recruiting process, whether it’s something quick like what words to replace when responding to common interview questions or something much more diligent like personal branding.He showed me, and will definitely show you, how to take advantage of every resource available in order to advance toward the ultimate goal – your dream job.”

Isabel Yin

"While Sahil's presentation about the recruiting process and career strategy was both engaging and useful, it is Sahil's enthusiasm that stood out the most. His down-to-earth advice such as utilizing the seemingly limited resources students have and turning that into our advantage are among one of the many highlights that make his presentation genuine and resonate with me. Initially I found the career searching processing very intimidating, however after Sahil's presentation, I gained more confidence for my career journey ahead."

Sophomore Presentation Attendee, UCLA

2017-05-30T11:42:10+00:00

Sophomore Presentation Attendee, UCLA

"While Sahil's presentation about the recruiting process and career strategy was both engaging and useful, it is Sahil's enthusiasm that stood out the most. His down-to-earth advice such as utilizing the seemingly limited resources students have and turning that into our advantage are among one of the many highlights that make his presentation genuine and resonate with me. Initially I found the career searching processing very intimidating, however after Sahil's presentation, I gained more confidence for my career journey ahead."

Sabrina Momand

“Sahil is a good friend of mine; I've known him for almost ten years now. He's an incredibly kind, smart, wise and talented individual. We meet up every so often throughout the year and discuss our recent happenings and catch up.

Late 2016, we met up and I expressed my goal to move down to Southern California to experience life down there for a little while (I'm born and raised in Northern California) - his immediate response: "Let's make it happen." Though we're friends, Sahil's approach was very professional (yet still warm). We scheduled conference calls at specific dates and times for him to coach me through the job hunting process. He began with my goals, hopes and expectations. He then walked me through my resume - what do people look for? Key buzz words? Format, font, etc. - all in-depth and specific suggestions. From there, he helped me build a clear plan on how to land the job in SoCal, and more importantly, how to execute that plan. The plan was all-inclusive; it included networking, applying, interviewing, and follow up after I ultimately got the job 🙂 The best part about working with Sahil is how open and approachable he is; I can be absolutely honest with him about how I feel without any intimidation or apprehension. Whether there was a suggestion or action I didn't feel comfortable with or feedback on how ultimately feel about my new position, he welcomed the conversation and actively sought to mitigate or solve the disconnect while accommodating my feelings/thoughts.

Sahil doesn't work in my industry (finance/investments) but he has great people skills and advice on how to advance your career once you've landed the job. He truly is the whole package deal, I STRONGLY recommend his services to anyone seeking to move forward in, or even begin to establish, a career.”

Client - Investment Analyst, Canterbury Consulting

2017-05-30T11:42:43+00:00

Client - Investment Analyst, Canterbury Consulting

“Sahil is a good friend of mine; I've known him for almost ten years now. He's an incredibly kind, smart, wise and talented individual. We meet up every so often throughout the year and discuss our recent happenings and catch up. Late 2016, we met up and I expressed my goal to move down to Southern California to experience life down there for a little while (I'm born and raised in Northern California) - his immediate response: "Let's make it happen." Though we're friends, Sahil's approach was very professional (yet still warm). We scheduled conference calls at specific dates and times for him to coach me through the job hunting process. He began with my goals, hopes and expectations. He then walked me through my resume - what do people look for? Key buzz words? Format, font, etc. - all in-depth and specific suggestions. From there, he helped me build a clear plan on how to land the job in SoCal, and more importantly, how to execute that plan. The plan was all-inclusive; it included networking, applying, interviewing, and follow up after I ultimately got the job 🙂 The best part about working with Sahil is how open and approachable he is; I can be absolutely honest with him about how I feel without any intimidation or apprehension. Whether there was a suggestion or action I didn't feel comfortable with or feedback on how ultimately feel about my new position, he welcomed the conversation and actively sought to mitigate or solve the disconnect while accommodating my feelings/thoughts. Sahil doesn't work in my industry (finance/investments) but he has great people skills and advice on how to advance your career once you've landed the job. He truly is the whole package deal, I STRONGLY recommend his services to anyone seeking to move...

Peter Torpey

Hi Sahil,

My name is Peter and I am a graduating senior at UCLA. I listened to your talk last night on how to find your first internship. It was very informative and engaging…I just want you to know that your talk last night was AMAZING. I feel like I now have the tools I need to go out and get a job. Thank you for motivating me and helping me realize what I need to do to jump start my career.

A very grateful student,
Peter Torpey

Senior Presentation Attendee - Division President, UCLA Residential Life

2017-05-30T11:44:07+00:00

Senior Presentation Attendee - Division President, UCLA Residential Life

Hi Sahil, My name is Peter and I am a graduating senior at UCLA. I listened to your talk last night on how to find your first internship. It was very informative and engaging…I just want you to know that your talk last night was AMAZING. I feel like I now have the tools I need to go out and get a job. Thank you for motivating me and helping me realize what I need to do to jump start my career. A very grateful student, Peter Torpey