“When I started looking for a job, all I wanted was to bag one where I would never be bored, where every day would be different, and where my work would constantly challenge me. This probably sounds too simplistic, but believe me, it’s not. I joined BYJU’S as a fresh graduate in 2014, and I have been very fortunate to have experienced multiple dynamic roles and projects, with endless opportunities for growth.”
That was Tapan Kumar, our Principal Director in the Media Team. Since Tapan joined BYJU’S, one key thing that stood out for him was how learning is a part of everyday life. “One of the biggest surprises in my eight years at BYJU’S is the level of autonomy you have, to explore your interests. And it’s been an incredible learning opportunity, teaching me how to manage people, develop my leadership skills, and continue to learn and grow with the company.”
In this instalment of our Homegrown Leaders series, Tapan gives us a glimpse into his role at BYJU’S, and the diverse skills and experiences he’s gained in his fabulous eight-year journey.
For Tapan, it’s continuous learning combined with a positive mindset that inspires and connects him to work. He says, “We have a very diverse culture at BYJU’S but everyone is aligned with a common goal: to instil a love for learning in children. This mission has been bringing together several unique talents to create an impact through their work.”
In these eight years, he adds that his team has been discovering ways to encourage children to learn better through videos, by means of rich animation and storytelling. “We are constantly exploring ideas to create the best learning experiences where students are motivated to learn and fall in love with learning. BYJU’S is a place where ideas can come from anyone, regardless of their level in the organisation. Everyone has the freedom to explore, learn, fail, and try new things,” quips the BYJUite.
When Tapan joined BYJU’S, he found the work extremely exciting and kept dabbling with projects that looked interesting. It was then he realised that even at a junior level there are opportunities to engage with the latest technology, ideas, and people. He says, “Everyone at BYJU’S has been so friendly and welcoming. It’s amazing how approachable our senior leaders are. At every step of the way, I’ve been encouraged and supported by Byju sir, Ashwin, Vinay, and Siddharth, to follow my goals – both personal and professional.”
It’s a culture of learning, he adds, where learning is valued and supported by leaders, and people help each other learn constantly, which keeps him inspired at work. “That’s probably my biggest piece of career advice: Never stop learning, always keep an open mind, stay positive, think big, and stay focused on your goal,” he concludes.
Damini is passionate about photography and travelling. She is happy to have her camera in hand to click random pictures. Always searching for answers about the chaos around her, she spends most of her time reading and learning new things. She also loves listening to music but is a pathetic singer herself. From being a journalism student to working with several media houses, she hopes to keep narrating compelling stories all her life. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. BYJU'S
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