The Episode continues…..I am happy to introduce today’s feature, Shinjini Das, an inspiring and ambitious lady I connected with on LinkedIn a while ago! Believe me….she is the kind of person you would want to have a three-hour conversation with or just follow on social media. I am glad she agreed to be part of this series and I can’t wait for you to read her story! #gogettergirl!
What is your name and what university did you attend?
My name is Shinjini Das and I attended Georgia Tech University.
What year did you graduate and what course did you offer?
I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Briefly describe how your university life; any extracurricular activities you were involved, scholarships, awards/ honors etc.
I was very active on campus in the leadership space. Some memorable activities were that I served as a Georgia Tech ambassador, Omicron Delta Kappa (college honor society) member, and later Omicron Delta Kappa National Student Advisory Board member. My greatest passion has always been public speaking, and I was able to do a lot of that in college. But, what was difficult was convincing people about my vision. I wanted to speak in public in front of many people and inspire them, but since I went to a science and engineering school, it was difficult to convince people around me of what I wanted to do. As for honors, yes, I graduated with honors from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
Based on your experience in university, do you regret going to university or did you regret at a point? If so why?
No, not at all. In fact, I am a major global advocate for higher education so I would not advocate for a higher education. I was very happy with my choice of earning an Industrial Engineering degree and feel like it really honed in on my problem-solving abilities, skillsets in building parameters around systems to create international change. I am proud to be an engineer.
Upon graduation, did you have any plans as to what your next move was? Could you please share?
Yes, I joined Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Analyst after finishing college, and am thankful that I did. The job was built on the intersection of business and technology. It was really good for me to be serving multiple clients at many different locations such as the United States Federal Government as well as manufacturing clients. I learned a lot on this job, and am thankful for the varied experiences I had serving different clients focusing mostly on project management. It is interesting because when I look back, my project management skills are strong today because of what I learned in those days: account for every transaction, keep clear documentation, and communicate professionally all the time. Those were some of the key highlight lessons I learned.
Based on the answer from the question above, did these plans materialize in the short term or even long term? If it did what was the process like? If not, what happened? Did you have any backup plans?
Yes, my initial plans did materialize! But, what happened after that was unexpected for sure haha. My career switch from where I was to where I am now has been fairly unprecedented. That part has been difficult to predict for sure, but excitement and ups, downs are part of daily life.
In the case where you faced rejections especially in applying for jobs etc, what effect did it have on your person? Care to share any experiences if you had one?
I mean, yes, rejections hurt. Of course, rejections hurt a lot. But, I knew that if I had to win, I would have to keep playing the game and just never stop playing. So, yes, rejections hurt in the interim, but ultimately, I was always focused on where I needed to be, on where I needed to go, so I continued to focus on those goals, on achieving my action plans to hit those goals. Never continue thinking about one rejection, that is just one rejection, but until you reject yourself, you can keep going and playing. Just focus on figuring out other means to achieve your goals. How else can we get to where we want to go? I have made this a game of sorts, and am so excited to find another way when I hear a no.
If you were to be that 18/19 year old going back to university, knowing what you know now (irrespective of how many years after university) what advice will you give yourself? Any advice to others?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to myself is to keep moving. There is no hurdle or rejection big enough to halt your progress indefinitely. Our mindsets create our own futures. This is an important concept that I would also share with others because too often, we let our reality define our future when in reality, only our mindsets define our futures. Focus on building a healthy, positive, aspirational mindset, and you will always be able to conquer whatever goal in store for you.
With the current state of the job market, do you think in like 10 years time, universities will still have value? Especially with the rate at which many graduates end up being unemployed or young people prefer to start their businesses or train in apprenticeships?
Yes, I do think that universities will still have value, but I also think that your reason for attending university needs to be clear and specific. As in, I don’t think that it is a good idea for someone to attend university without a clear idea of the value that this person will obtain from that university education. Even if go-getters want to become entrepreneurs, I would still recommend that they consider college for that foundational training, of course in the right subject. I personally do think that a STEM degree such as Engineering or Computer Science provides that foundational training for problem-solving in all industries in the future. I don’t think the need for college will disappear.
What do you do now in terms of work or any other thing you are involved, care to share your social media handles so people could connect with you?
I am on a mission to close the gap between intellect and pop culture in the media. Currently, the digital creative agency that I started in October of 2016 focuses on building content for small businesses and larger brands, content with meaning, content with emotion, content with substance, depth, vulnerability, and deep personal value for the target audiences. Long-term, I am also building my own digital media platform to provide actionable empowering content.
My go-getters can follow me @speakershinjini across all social media platforms and stay tuned for my first book about my life and ‘How I Got Here’ to be publishing soon this year! I am grateful for your support. 😊
I do hope you have been inspired! Stay tuned for more updates..Have a lovely week ahead!