An Abundance of Learning Opportunities!
On paper, my journey with M&M started on 22nd August 2006. However, my relation with Mahindra goes back into my childhood. Being from the southern part of Orissa, I grew up amongst mountains and Mahindra vehicles!
Early Days and Journey
From the edges of mountains, I used to see Mahindra jeeps with 30-40 passengers or Mahindra trucks carrying goods. Proudly, I used to claim that only Mahindra vehicles could pass through these steep terrains and mountainous passages! My friends and I always used to wave to those vehicles, and we always felt a sense of belongingness towards the organisation.
Later in 2002, I was in my engineering college. It was around that time when Mahindra Scorpio took the Indian market by storm. Its success was even more significant because during those days Indian automobile segment was going through a period of recession.
Mahindra, as an organisation, became a choice to work for even during those days. In addition, this one brand was a part of my childhood in a special way, so when I was placed over there as Graduate Assistant Trainee, I was elated, to say the least! Since then to now, it has been a journey of 9 years with continuous learning. It has been a journey of continuous evolvement and growth.
Empowerment & Young Mahindra
After my graduation, I could not pursue post-graduation immediately due to certain commitments. However, I wanted to take up a course in MBA because of my interest in the managerial aspects of the organisation. At that time, I took the benefit of Mahindra’s education assistance policy.
Not only I got financial support, but I also got motivation and moral support from all my colleagues and senior management. It is brilliant how Mahindra encourages new learning opportunities at every step, and never stops anyone from exploring their dreams.
Another EVP that is close to my heart is the Young Mahindra. Under this initiative, we teach young children from over 35 schools. More than curriculum, we focus on giving that sense of confidence, which will help them to carve their own path.
Despite their financial and literacy background, they can still achieve great things in life. I personally give them examples of exemplary people like APJ Abdul Kalam or M.S. Dhoni to show them that background does not define a person. To teach them that perseverance and willingness will lead them to success.
At Mahindra, I have gotten a freedom to do what I want to do. I have the freedom to learn, freedom to explore, and freedom to seize the opportunities. I have had colleagues who have gone to other organisation only to return here because of the nurturing culture that this organisation innately carries with it. There is an abundance of opportunities waiting for us to explore!
It has been 9 years with Mahindra. When people ask me if I am looking for a change, I tell them why would I?