Standing there tall and proud, a metaphor to “Rainbow in the grey sky “ is “Venture Studio in monochromatic world”. With it’s lush green lawns, bizarre brown furniture and colorfully coordinated walls it is a place where we practice our art rather than just work. And on my yet another exciting day here as I approach her for my next story, Shimoni Shah, CEO and co-founder at ‘CAREERSAWAAL’ a boon to all the confused students out there, greets me with a beaming face and friendly smile.
Born and brought up in a typical Gujarati Jain family, entrepreneurship is in her blood, but her accidental acquaintance to it is what makes for an interesting story. Plucking ideas, nurturing them, and finally wanting to see them grow into something tall is what she has done to almost everything: be it her makeup course , skating or dancing. Wanting to make a career in almost every new thing she took up she has been a free soul moving from this dream to that. It was while she was working upon her final year B.Com project, that she hit upon the idea of taking it further and converting it into a full-fledged startup. They say that “Destiny makes you swim through oceans you doubted you’ll even ever visit.” Venture Studio was yet another thing which was made to cross her path (accidentally!). So with destiny taking turns, CAREERSAWAAL started to take up form and has come a long, long way from school students to youngsters , from offline mode to online one. And in her 6-month long journey the person she has grown into is what not only her but her parents also adore. From being an emotional freak to someone with a practical perspective of looking at things, a good decision-maker and fiercely independent at the same time keeping warm, friendly , carefree, bold and fun-loving self intact she’s taken quite a leap.
When quipped about something which she wishes to tell the people out there , pat comes the reply, “Youngsters today wish to jump into a field due to various reasons- sometime friends, parents , or just because something captures their attention and they yearn to conquer the world. They fail to understand the dynamics of what they choose. They need to understand that career is solely about you and what you can actually do without panicking for at least 6 months at a stretch and at the same time effortlessly improve upon the same. When every waking bit of yours is spent pondering on it , it’s simple, ‘IT’S YOUR THING’. You have to research , look for internships, do what it takes, in short explore and work , work hard and trust me on this, “If something or someone is meant to be it’ll be be and if not just move on with your lessons. At the end of the day it is either you win or you learn!!! Never fear giving up.”
“To parents it’s just that the world is changing and with the amount of hype going on let your children take their time and if they are firm about something just bid on that , give them a chance and just let them fly!! Their first “I want to be this…” is like our first love. It happens only once. So just let them be !!”, she reflects pondering over how once upon a time she wanted to be a pilot, her first dream.
Considering she put her best foot forward, this journey also was not that easy for her, considering the many challenges it brought alongside, but with her friend Smit Prajapati and twin sister Shaini by her side the tough times were sailed through by her. “Shaini is my inspiration. She is someone I reach for when things seem messed up. She says it all and I feel at peace to continue my journey. And with Smit it is just “Shimoni you are strong , you can do it.” Recalling it I feel strong enough to continue work.”
And as I ask her about the best part of her journey, with proud eyes she says,”During the course of this journey , once we were called to my college for a lecture on entrepreneurship and it was a sight to gaze with the auditorium entirely full and each and every ear actually listening to what I had to say. Being on the other side of the table was actually a good feel.”
Considering the very wise lessons during her journey she says , “ It’s been enlightening and of course I have stumbled upon, fell down just to get up and walk again. Few of them being…
- The pain we are in today builds the strength for tomorrow. It is the effort we put into small things that helps us form the big picture.
- If you don’t have a dream you are nowhere but with one in your fist you can take over the world.
- Never judge a book by it’s cover. At the end of the day a person is what his dreams make out of him.
- And the best of all ‘Contacts se friends nahi bante friends se contacts bante hai!!’” And on this very wise note , she signs off leaving me with only one thing to ponder upon that “Age is just a number.”
And with all the lessons in her pocket , and an ever ready and active team , CAREERSAWAAL has come out with bright colours. So all the confused souls out there, an answer to all your questions and much more , here you go – IT’S CAREERSAWAAL FOR YOU !! They are just a message away , with all the experts and wise people , seminars and workshops, passion and profession. So don’t wait until you get done and dusted and make yourself a right career.
Coming back , today somehow my work seemed dearer and my workplace – an answer to my countless dreams. And that is what CAREERSAWAAL does to all , am I right or am I right??