“What is your career plan?”
“Honestly Sir, I do not know. I think I’ll work for two years and then do an MBA.”
“Let us turn the tables. Here is a guy who does not know what he wants to do with his life. Why should I select you?”
“Because I have good credentials.”
He held my resume in front of himself and said mockingly, “6.3 CGPA and you claim good credentials???”
I flipped, and replied truculently- “Sir, I am not stupid. I have more technical papers than the average nine pointer, have business plans, have a certificate from IIM, was the Ed in Chief for a website, have spent my college life on stage and sing very well. What more do you want from me?”
He just smiled and said that he wanted to see my reaction. I joined the Sales and Marketing team of Think and Learn Private Ltd. (BYJU’S Classes) the following Tuesday. I was a little apprehensive at first as I wasn’t a big fan of the company. I had blanked out in the GD the first time they came for placements (Spent the afternoon crying after Sachin’s retirement, while missing a chance to watch it in Wankhede). My parents took some convincing as well, as I chose it above TCS.
The good thing about working in a start-up is that you learn many things very fast. Within the first month, I learnt about CRM which typically takes in 3-4 months in companies like TCS. I knew what, when and how to say things, got acquainted with the corporate culture and could even manage an accounts sheet (still has some glitches). The fact that majority of the office is filled with your college batch mates and that your seniors and their seniors are all Mighty MITians, helps a great deal to keep the office environment chilled out (They understand that MITians need different kinds of refueling breaks).
Run by a small town chap from Kerala with an almost unrealistic optimism, one could see that he trusted his methods without doubt. An entire educational firm being run on just his unique methods of teaching sounds like a pretty plausible feat. And they are all sustainable! Remember the few teachers we always wished who could teach us all the subjects throughout our academic life? Well, Byju Raveendran comes very close to the same. Two teachers for the entire CAT course- him and the humble genius who makes you feel worthless if you do not plan to do post graduation (attend his first class and you’d know what I’m talking about) – Santosh P.N. He gives mathematical formulae for Reading comprehensions!!!
I never attended BYJU’S Classes when in college as the high school disaster with coaching institutes still lingered. People gave me all kind of reviews, all of which eventually boiled down to one of the more obvious conclusions, ‘You need to put in more effort than an average institute’. A cricket ball only reverses after being worked upon an entire session. Santosh Sir always points out- getting the 99 percentile is just the first step towards your Managerial degree; he wants his students to prepare for the degree as well. Byju Sir would teach one method and then interpolate to ten others. One of my reporting managers once told me, “After BYJU Sir’s session the enrolments generally double; he has a knack of mesmerising the crowd.” These guys are always looking for more convenient methods of teaching and incorporate technology very well.
A year back, two teachers ran a score of centers through V-Satellites lectures. Today, the same two teachers have managed to take it to the next level, providing the same to thousands of students using Tablets. You see investors storming in every week, new methods for customer engagement, advertisements in theatres and newspapers and what not!!! And of course, the infinite travel across the country (even though there is a lot of work, we do get Saturday nights to chill in every city).
Too much??? Well okay, enough of going gaga over the company then. I just hope my bosses read this and I get a piece of the cake as well 😉 Ciao!!