7/16/2014

My name is Mohitha Sripathi and I’m an entrepreneur

If I had to categorize myself a few months ago, like I just did; I would have struggled. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a science degree, but I realized my junior year of college that I had another unexplored passion in me. I began panicking before graduation, because I realized how demanding the medical path was and was worried that I would never be able to express my other interests if I went into medicine. I decided to take some time off from school to figure out my plan.

When I was in college, I joined a cultural organization called the Association of Indians at Rutgers (AIR). Here, I was elected programming chair and given the responsibility of managing all events leading up to AIR Show, which is the largest South Asian college talent show in the tri-state area. This position provided a platform for me to really explore skills such as marketing, accounting, managing and organizing. I began to enjoy these newly explored skills, so much in fact, where I even considered minoring in entrepreneurship during my senior year. Unfortunately, minoring in it was not possible due to problems with scheduling. And so, I thought my days of expressing my new passion were over. Although I was upset at first, I tried to keep a positive attitude. While interning at a hospital, I made the decision to open up my own Bollywood dance class for children in the local area. At first this side business was going well but it began to slow down after the first session of students. I was trying my best to market my small business, with the hopes to pick it up again. Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way.

Meanwhile, my dad had an idea of starting his own IT consulting company. He’s been in the IT field for over 25 years and was looking for a good business partner. Once I graduated college and moved back home during my year off, I began listening to his business ideas and hanging out with my dad more than I ever have. To my surprise, after a few months, he asked me if I would be interested in becoming one of the founding members for his company. He said he was impressed by my organization skills and people skills, and was ready to give me such a huge responsibility. At first, I was nervous but I decided to be open minded and give it a shot.

After months of discussion, in July 2013, I officially co-founded an IT consulting company- Praxio Technologies. We have many entry level positions available as well as more advanced placements. Some companies we’ve placed for include AT&T, Verizon, Black Rock, NBC, and Broadview Networks. We also provide big data training courses . Our SAS course, or statistical analysis software course, is available for anyone with a bachelors degree and little to no IT experience. It’s targeted toward individuals who are looking to make their resume stand out in the fields of IT, finance or pharmaceuticals. In addition to quality training , at the best price in the market , Praxio Tech provides real time projects for students to add to their resume, mock interviews, and guidance with job placement , once the course is completed.

Owning a small business has not only let me pursue my interests, but it has given me the opportunity to work with my dad, has helped me mature and has given me a new passion. Praxio Tech is a family business and will be something I continue to manage on the side while still pursuing the medical path.

I wanted to share this story with you for two reasons. One reason is that I think it’s important to realize that it’s okay to not have a bullet-proof, solid plan when you graduate college. There are many people out there who take a year off because they need to explore and figure themselves out. Sometimes, this time off gives you an opportunity to try something you didn’t have time to do before. It’s important to keep an open mind, absorb all the information thrown at you and be positive. Take the stagnant time and the failures and the comparison with peers as an experience. Secondly, don’t be afraid to try something unrelated to your line of study or your ultimate career path. Whether you’re in college or you’re taking some time off, explore different activities. If not anything, it’ll keep you mentally active. In a society where we compete and rush to reach our goals, I feel, we sometimes are afraid to spend some time doing activities that we like to do because we are taught that every minute counts and should be used to work towards a single career path.

Life isn’t a single track. You are allowed to have multiple paths. Choose a career that will help you express each and every passion of yours.

If you would like to inquire about job openings or courses, please contact me at mohitha@praxiotech.com.

(Our website is under construction) www.praxiotech.com

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