You have an interesting job before you joined Page. Can you tell us about that?
I graduated from R.A.Podar College Mumbai while pursuing Chartered Accountancy. During my internship, where I was rather underpaid, overworked, and frustrated, I stumbled upon TED Talks and was soon hooked on their videos, which featured radical thinkers who shared their innovations with the world. I was amazed by the impact these ideas had on millions of lives using cutting-edge technology, health, design, and sustainability.
India being home to many such innovators, I knew that we needed a platform like this. So a friend and I co-founded TEDxGateway in 2009, the first-ever TEDx event in India. Over the next five years, it grew to one of the world’s largest TEDx events with more than 3,000 attendees on average and past speakers like Stan Lee, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, etc.
Having come from a very unique background, why did you choose to join PageGroup?
After five years working in an un-organised environment, I was looking for some structure and a place where I could leverage my strengths and secure financial stability. TEDxGateway was a non-profit organisation and, as Head of Content & Partnerships, I was responsible for research, outreach and curating speakers along with raising corporate funding. The role was similar to what I eventually took up at Page as well. Over here, it’s about finding the right candidates and generating business. Since I had transferable skills, I decided to go for it.
Now that you have been with Page for a few years, how have you evolved as an individual?
After spending five years at Page, the experience here doesn’t just helps your career, but it enhances your life as well. I was able to upskill myself with each passing year, first individually and then as a manager. It taught me focus, discipline and resilience to brace the ups-and-downs of life. Now that I have a team of my own, I have been able to apply those learnings, and it’s been truly gratifying.
What advice would you give to individuals who wish to join Page, especially those who come from an unconventional background?
Page is one of the most accepting groups you will ever come across. Nowadays, big companies have fancy mottos that promote their diversity, but Page has been living and breathing it right from the beginning. If you are looking for a global brand that is not intimidating, as well as a brand that celebrates inclusivity and meritocracy, then this is the place.
Sum up your experience at PageGroup in three sentences.
It’s fun, it has a high-performing culture and it’s rewarding.