Education has been an intrinsic part of Sharanya Sharma’s journey. Whether it was her initial days as an education journalist or, later on, her drive to learn about curriculum design, Sharanya always wanted to build a career in this field. Intrigued to explore more, this BYJUite went on to pursue a degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.
“I wanted to combine my love for psychology and education, and curriculum design seemed like the right choice,” she tells us. “But I have been expanding my limits ever since, particularly with the way we are using technology to make BYJU’S learning content immersive and engaging.”
Currently, the Associate Director of Content Development, Sharanya and her team are the force behind the English content at BYJU’S. And this role, says the BYJUite, is also an exercise for her in terms of mentoring and team-building.
“Over the past year, I have not only learnt more about content development and curriculum design, but also discovered the merits of working with a team. It is this collaborative culture that helps us create best-in-class learning products,” she adds.
One of the key areas where Sharanya has been able to apply her skills and experience in creating and planning a curriculum, is with “learning design”. “It’s been a personal tick for me at BYJU’S, as I could go beyond the scope of content creation to develop innovative lessons and experiment with disruptive learning techniques,” she quips.
In fact, ‘learning design’, has been just the tip of the iceberg. “Being a part of the Content team meant, working with cross-functional teams and learning more about processes. I even got to dabble on the Product side and understand how the content we developed, would appear on the screen. This translated into a vital collaboration with the UX/UI team and back-end developers, which gave me an insight into what works and what doesn’t when it comes to developing e-learning content,” adds the BYJUite.
Versatility is all about the ability to adapt to circumstances and pick up skills with ease. And when working with dynamic teams, this is a great quality to have and nurture, says Sharanya. “In a way,” she adds, “an agile work style and staying adaptive to the changing landscape, has made me a more versatile professional than ever before.”
Sharanya’s multi-faceted experience at BYJU’S has also helped her become an able leader and mentor. “I’ve gotten the chance to experiment with things I’ve never done before, like leading a team,” says the BYJUite, “That’s a huge plus for your personal growth. More than anything, I think it has helped me build confidence and have conviction when it comes to taking crucial decisions for the team.”
This, and the fact that the Content team is open to everyone’s ideas, makes the BYJU’S experience an enriching one. Sharanya signs off with this thought: “You might be coming in from a different domain or not have years of experience under your belt, but that’s what makes every BYJUite – and their contribution – all the more unique and valuable.”
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