Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Sankarshan Purkayastha. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
So, I am Sankarshan. I am a software engineer by profession and I currently work for Amazon India. My work mostly deals with supply chain technologies and bringing improvements and efficiency in the delivery of our products from our warehouses to the end customer.
Apart from that, I am a gadget freak by heart who loves investing time in learning about the latest technologies/gadgets in the market and using them.
2. You’ve shown a lot of enthusiasm for working with Amazon. What do you like about the company’s style and what do you hope to accomplish in your time there?
Well for one, I like the fast-paced work culture there. And the fact that an individual gets complete ownership of the work he does.
As a Software engineer in Amazon, even in the entry-level position, you are given ample opportunities to provide your ideas and concepts and come up with unique solutions which are taken into consideration. You are encouraged to think about your short term and long term goals. You also plan the work along with your manager, which then gets assigned to you.
My main motivation for joining Amazon was to work in a company which has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years while maintaining the same lean culture which is prevalent in most startups. Our turnover time and release cycles are as comparable to any upcoming company while maintaining the pressure and expectations of working and coordinating across multiple teams in such a large multinational corporation.
I hope to help my team and Amazon expand their viewpoint of a global marketplace and on a personal level, to develop my skillset so that I can serve my company better as an employee as well as a software engineer.
3. You mentioned that you like to “invest time” to learn about new technology. What particularly excites you about the state of technology now? Also, how do you personally define the importance of time management?
We are very lucky to be living in a time when the internet has the answers to most of mankind’s queries. Right now, what excites me about the future is the coming of age of Artifical Intelligence.
If you look at the internet right now, it can broadly be divided into these sectors:
- Search:- Dominated by Google
- Hardware and Software:- Dominated by Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Tesla, and Intel.
- ECommerce:- Dominated by Amazon
- Social Networking:- Dominated by Facebook
I believe the next billion dollar idea is lying in Artifical Intelligence and none of the companies have yet cracked it. So I go through the latest developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence whenever I can. [I also like] spending the time to develop my skill set to facilitate myself in my role.
Time management plays a very crucial role. Since my school days, I had a fixed time allotted to every chapter for revision the night before the exams. It was a weighted distribution, one which depended on a lot of factors other than the number of pages, like, Ease of understanding, Interest, etc.
This aspect helped me a lot in my later years in high school and college. I was able to prioritize my tasks based on a similar approach that I have been using since childhood.
Only a fool will admit that he does not require time management. Also, in my work life, I maintain a daily log of things I have done on that day and on my way to work, I plan for the rest of the day and how I want it to go forward. So yes, time management has made me a responsible man (who is still a work in progress).
4. Given that you’re a self-aware, well-adjusted young man, what do you think are the THREE skills a college student should build before entering the workforce?
- Communication Skills. This skill is an asset in every aspect of a person’s life. The ability to converse and communicate your points effectively to another person is a skill not everyone is born with. But it is certainly one which can be easily developed with practice over time.
- Getting to know the finance world. Most young people are not exposed to how finances and taxation system works and how effective they can be in investing and multiplying their worth. Our education system trains people for their job but forgets this crucial aspect of a work life. This too seems like a huge task but actually isn’t. A few days of research and picking the brains of experienced people will easily open your mind to how to effectively manage your finances.
- Planning and Multitasking skills. Everyone is responsible for meeting deadlines, planning schedules and managing their personal and work life. Employers seek people who can handle the workload on their own while juggling various types of work which are assigned to them.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
So one of my favourite quotes goes like this:
“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” ~ Spinoza
I follow this mantra in my life. And the thing I like most about this quote is the simplicity.
People should think about this and try to apply it in their life. I am sure it will have a positive impact!
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