An outside perspective to learning
InStep, for Vivek Pai, an MBA student from Cornell University, and his mentor Shashidhar Rajarao means an opportunity to meet and understand new people and culture.
- I am: Vivek Pai, MBA student, Cornell University. Prior to business school, I studied Chemical Engineering and worked in business development in the pharmaceutical industry. I enjoy travel, reading, sports and music.
- Home to me is: India where I was born and raised, and the United States - my home for the last nine years.
- Languages I speak: Konkani, Kannada, Hindi, English and a smattering of Tamil, Italian, and French.
- I joined InStep because: I hadn't worked much in India - this was the best opportunity to experience working at a leading Indian firm. Also, I have a strong admiration for Mr. Murthy and wanted to be a part of the Infosys experience. These have been two wonderful months.
- After InStep: I am getting married (my wife and I had a Vegas wedding in May, but we will have a full-fledged wedding at a temple in New Jersey in September). I will enjoy my final year of MBA studies at Cornell, and return to work full-time next year to pursue a career in consulting, sales or general management.
- India to me means? Coming home. The most amazing place on earth. Vibrancy, change and "order in chaos."
- My personal motto: Do your best. Don't worry what others think about you, because in all likelihood they aren't!
- I am: Shashidhar Rajarao, Delivery Manager, playing the role of Unit Planning and Assurance manager for IS.
- What inspires me at work: A feeling that I am contributing to the growth of the nation in a very legal and ethical way is a major inspiration. Also an almost never-ending stream of opportunities to bring about a change is what inspires me.
- InStep to me means: An opportunity to meet and understand a new people/ culture. It brings in an outside-in perspective to what you think and do. You get to test and hone your mentoring skills, and of course you get a new friend.
- What I would want my intern to remember most about this experience: There is no dearth for learning opportunities. Your learning depends on how keen you are.
- I would recommend mentoring interns to other Infoscions because: it helps improve your mentoring skills, which is a key asset to you and your career.
Intern and Project Mentor
- The project we are collaborating on: It's a Business Intelligence/ Sales Analytics project to create a system which enables Infosys sales professionals prioritize sales deals to focus on, and helps improve the sales win ratio
- Two things we have in common: We both are huge cricket fans and love traveling.
- Our role models: Gandhi and NRN
- What we love about India: Unity in Diversity.
- And Infosys: Forward thinking company with high ideals
- A goal (professional or personal) we want to accomplish this year:
Vivek: Improve my tennis and squash skills.
Shashi: Take IS performance to greater heights and build my dream house.
- The biggest take away from our collaboration: Conceptualized a sales analytical tool which hitherto was not there.