WHEN ALUMNI COME TO THEIR ALMA MATER TO GIVE A TALK AS PROFESSIONALS
The alumni from the Interior Design Department – Ms. Navyatha Kumar, Owner and Founder of Krevio Interiors and Mr. Tarun Parmar freelancer, conducted an industrial talk session for the students of Interior Design course on 17th December 2019 at the Brigade Road Campus.
As an institute to have our alumni come back to boost the morale of their juniors and see them give a presentation is a moment of pride. They took the students through their journey as aspiring designers, their work experience and the challenges they faced in their professional endeavors alongwith the knack with which they have dealt with them.
Though both the former students studied the same course, it is interesting to note the different approaches undertaken by them towards their professional pursuits. They have an experience of 5 and 4 years respectively and shared some important professional anecdotes with their juniors that would keep them in good stead during their professional journey. A Civil Engineer by profession Ms. Navyatha harboured opening her own organization wherein she could provide interior design services as well which led her to pursue interior designing. Whereas, Mr. Tarun’s love for illustration led him to take up freelance as it provided opportunities to travel and not be restricted to one organization, which has led him to take up collaborations and extensive travels.
Despite different work approaches, they had some similar words of advice wherein they emphasized on the value of patience whilst dealing with the chain of people involved while working on projects. It is also imperative to listen to customers and understand their vision while also providing necessary inputs as and when required. In this fast paced world, the alumni speakers stated that inorder to learn on the job it is important to give oneself 5 years to grow, learn and experience; be it in a new job or own business. When it is an own business, profit making should not be expected for 2 – 3 years as the initial years should be spent in networking, understanding the nuances of the business, getting the ground work done and building the brand to get noticed. Professional life is not easy and one must be ready to handle pressure. They further emphasized that skills need to be enhanced and learning is ongoing despite the completion of course. They also encouraged students to develop their communication skills which would be beneficial to coordinate with labourers, vendors and customers. Every project requires meticulous execution which can be achieved through detailed planning and this is made possible only through discipline. Both young professionals shared that research is of utmost importance as it helps to keep an eye on trends, markets and competition.
Their parting advice was to be mindful of profits and losses as it would help to manage finances inorder to run a successful company. Thinking out of the box helps to create some remarkable designs and also helps during rigid budgets and comes in handy while trying to cut down on losses by making smart choices. Apt time and people management skills form the basis of a business. Humility takes one a long way and must be practiced. They also encouraged students to develop their own interest, focus and work on it.
The students were receptive throughout the session and voiced their concerns and queries which were answered by our alumni through an insightful session.
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