Q1: To begin with, tell us about your fondest memory associated with college life. 

Ans: Firstly, I have no bounds in extending my gratitude for bringing this stage to me. Sitting over here and recalling some of the best memories created on my favorite row i.e. middle one which was always the safest passage as it was neither too conspicuous like the front row nor too detached like the back, providing a sense of security and comfort. Looking back to my classrooms, the experience taught me so much about teamwork, and dedication and gave me lifetime memories forged along the way. What made it even more special was the sense of camaraderie we developed. We were all passionate about theater and poured our hearts into making the production a success. From the nervous energy backstage to the applause and cheers from the audience, every moment was unforgettable.

 Q2: You work as an Associate Manager with HCL, what is this role about?  Also, tell us about your key responsibility areas there.

Ans: My role as an Associate Manager at HCL entails managing projects and teams to deliver high-quality solutions that meet client requirements and contribute to the success of the organization. It involves a lot of negotiation with the clients and internal stakeholders while dealing with clients from different nations, selling the products, and pitching the idea.

Q3: You were associated with Gnosis: The Literary Club & IT Club in your college days. What activities prepared you to take up managerial roles in your professional life? 

Ans: Being involved with both Gnosis: The Literary Club and the IT Club during my college days provided me with a vast set of experiences and skills that have proven invaluable in preparing me for managerial roles in my professional life. I was always less on the participative side and more on the hosting side. I remember holding my mic and announcing the names of the participants. In Gnosis, I honed my communication and interpersonal skills through activities such as organizing literary events, moderating discussions, and collaborating with fellow club members to plan and execute various initiatives. Apart from this, I transformed my personality from being shy and introverted to becoming an extrovert who asked a lot of questions in class. Frankly speaking, people don’t recognize you in the corporate world if you remain shy or don’t raise your hand to show curiosity.  These experiences taught me how to effectively convey ideas, negotiate differing viewpoints, and lead teams towards common goals—all essential skills for managerial roles where clear communication and team coordination are paramount.

Q4: You have started your career as an Assistant Manager in Comviva and now working as an Associate Manager in HCL. Please tell us more about your journey of job enrichment (additional roles) in both companies.

Ans: I was hired by Comviva and worked there for approximately one year and six months. During my tenure, my manager guided fulfilling my assigned responsibilities and encouraged me to take on additional roles as opportunities arose. I learned that your first managers often serve as your most influential mentors. It typically takes a few months to fully grasp the intricacies of your job role. Proficiency in basic skills such as Excel and Microsoft Office is essential. I also found useful Excel tips and tricks on Instagram pages that I incorporated into my professional role.  Additionally, compiling project reports was emphasized as an important task.

Q5:  Gen Z, the newest entrants to the workforce, are characterized by their digital fluency and ambition as they are raised in a world of constant connectivity where technology is their ally. Work-life balance and mental health are less preferences to them. To what extent this notion is correct and what is your take on it?

Ans: Managing stress is inevitable in life. I prioritize time management by creating a daily to-do list and ensuring tasks are completed. As new entrants, it is important to maintain the balance from the beginning. I would quote an example of a learning from college life about taking leaves. One must always be informed in advance about the leave plans to maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid working on holidays.  This approach allows me to enjoy my weekends without interruptions. While I am open to working on holidays occasionally, it’s important to do so only on rare occasions.

Q6: You have worked with Telecom companies across the Middle East, North America, SAARC, and South-east Asia, contributing towards their digital transformation journey. Please share with us your experience of working with these nations.

Ans: It was a great experience. You learn a lot of things such as respecting other people’s time is acknowledging the varying financial circumstances individuals may have. Understanding each person’s unique situation is imperative. Furthermore, cultural backgrounds play a significant role, with traditions from past generations often influencing preferences and attitudes. Solution selling requires a lot of patience and acceptance. European cultures don’t accept it easily as they are fond of their technology. However, it feels great to receive appreciation for the same. Negotiation skills are essential, not only in dealing with external parties but also in managing negotiations with internal stakeholders.

Rapid Fire:

  1.     If you get a chance to travel back in time and change one thing about you, which would you change? – Shy personality
  2.     One lesson you learned in your college life, – Having your originlaity
  3.     A value you hold closest to your heart.  – be always polite
  4.     A subject you would like to study again.- Statistics
  5.     Favorite corner at ABS.- Cafeteria where I used to study with my friends.