Family Passions – Jeremy Jacobs

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Who?

Jeremy Jacobs is the co-founder and managing director of Raise Bakery in the United Kingdom. Jeremy worked in a digital media company until 2009 after which, his family started a bakery. Starting off as a business to customer (B2C) company and then growing to business to business (B2B) through working with Virgin Atlantic, Raise Bakery has been adapting to scenarios of the world for a lot of it’s time.

Quick Summary

What is the importance of sustainability in businesses

Jeremy is very passionate about sustainability and protecting our environment. We explored the topics of Covid-19 and how that has proven that as a community, we are able to change and adapt quickly; why not do the same with sustainability in big businesses. Jeremy believes that everyone has the responsibility to take care of the planet. Big companies have an even bigger responsibility due to their resources and access to make changes happen.

How to come up with a unique selling point and use that to differentiate yourself.

It is easy to say “have a unique selling point” but Jeremy believes that it is important to come up with something truly meaningful. A unique selling point of raise bakery is that it is a family business with a unique story. There is a way they operate, that other businesses can’t copy. It is also important to look at opportunities and make sure that you take onboard whatever you can without hesitation, especially as a small business.

What are some tips on time management?

Jeremy was doing his MBA in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a stressful time for many people. It was especially tough mentally. Jeremy suggested that recognising how difficult it is to be going through online learning, is already a good step. Practically, you need to be strict with yourself and your time management in order to keep sane in such a tough time.

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

You have one life, choose it and choose your path.

Every business on this planet has a duty and a responsibility to serve it’s community and the people around it.”

Jeremy Jacobs

Creating Pathways – Raghvi Arya

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Who?

Raghvi is a third year student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, United Kingdom. She is currently studying Economics. Raghvi is an interesting guest on this podcast because she is so young and so successful. Being in her third year, she has done various different internships including working for Citi Bank and McKinsey. She took advantage of Spring Week during her course in order to build up her CV. She is currently a VC Scout with Open Scout. 

Quick Summary

Having done so many internships, what is a tip for standing out in CVs?

Starting her journey at 15, Raghvi got her first internships by calling and emailing companies that suited her interests and seeing if they had placements. When starting university, Raghvi used her time during summer holidays to gain more experience and make the most of her time. It is important to add experience, numbers and researching. 

What does the Tech and Business industry look like in terms of diversity?

Raghvi said that she is pleasantly surprised with how diverse the space is in terms of gender equality. She mentioned that big corporate firms are often pressured to make that change rather than smaller businesses as their cohort is not public. There are still issues when it comes to jobs in higher ranking positions. 

What has the space looked like during COVID?

She said that with the pandemic, everything obviously became online. That was a blessing in her eyes because people who had no physical access of attending or applying to internships are now able to do so. Living in St Andrews, 8 hours away from London, Raghvi had just as much access to internship positions. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be curious and do what you love.

When you have more to manage, you are more likely to be more efficient with your time.”

Raghvi Arya

Education Inequality – Santosh More

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Who?

Santosh More is the co-founder of Mantra4Change. This is an initiative that works to help make education in India accessible to all. Santosh has a degree in Engineering but over his years in the corporate world, he felt that he wanted to do something he is passionate about. 

Quick Summary

What is the educational inequality like in India and is it an issue that should be talked about more frequently?

Santosh started off by mentioning that the diversity in India is so large and so is the population so there is already a barrier of how successful the education sector can be. 50% of grade 5 children are not able to read grade 3 texts. This an important issue that needs to be solved because it directly affects the next generation that will be leading India. He also wanted to point out that although it is an issue, the government of India tries to combat this problem and takes it very seriously. 

Whatever you study in university does not determine what you will do for the rest of your life. We asked Santosh, what made him make the change to move from engineering to social issues. 

Santosh believes that having the ability to see a problem and come up with a solution to that problem is very important. That is something we should take away no matter what degree or field you want to go into. The corporate world taught him how to find root causes for issues and he wanted to take this knowledge further. 

What would your advice be for students to adapt and find jobs in different markets?

His advice would be to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Santosh believes in entrepreneurs and that they have the ability to make the change unlike bigger corporations. Being humble and having the ability to co exist with other opinions makes entrepreneurs vital to the society. Even if you don’t decide that it is something you want to do, having that mindset will make you different to other people. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take risks and have the correct mindset. If you don’t take risks now, it will be much harder to do so as you get older. 

“If you chase your passion, everything else will follow.”

Santosh More

Finding the Meaningful – Hossein Rezai

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Who?

Hossein Rezai is the director of Web Structures and the Milan Research Lab. He is a structural engineer and architect. He has been in the business for a very long time. Engineering has been an interest of Hossein from a very young age as he was interested in the infrastructure that we operate in. This interest made him want to be a part of that movement. His speciality at the moment is ‘fusion engineering’ which is essentially the mix between the different ends of the design spectrum. 

Quick Summary

There is often the phrase, ‘an architects dream is an engineers nightmare’. To what extend would you agree with this and what has your experience with that been like. 

Hossein mentioned that he has not experienced this in his many years of experience. He has been practicing for 40 years and believes that there is a level of mutual understanding and language that helps this be avoided. 

Do you believe we should branch out of our specialisation and constantly try to learn more from different people?

Hossein says absolutely! There is always room for improvement. He also mentioned that by having a wider understanding about different specialisations, you are less likely to have conflict with different parties that you work with. If we have a good understanding of design yet you are a structural engineer, you are going to avoid any conflict because you are more likely to understand the other members and therefore be able to come to a consensus. 

Our student guest student is Dinesh Al, second year architect student at the University of Melbourne. 

When do you believe is a good time to start taking part in internships?

Mr. Rezai suggested that it’s never too early. The sooner you start immersing yourself in the work space, the better you will get at what you want to do. By starting early, you allow yourself to climb the internship ladder. You will have the ability to start with very small jobs and by the end of your degree have an understanding of the workforce at an almost professional level. Also you can try out internships in different specialisation and give yourself time to figure out what you want to do. 

What do you look for in an intern?

Hossein said that he mainly looks at attitude. He believes that graduates won’t always have the skill and knowledge but they can have attitude. You may not be a professional in what you do but you will certainly have the ambition and drive. Sometimes that is more important than having incredible skills, especially when you are just starting out. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Find something meaningful to do. Fix something that is broken that will help out the recent of the population and yourself.

“Always strive to be better.” – Hossein Rezai