How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

Hi everyone, this blog is basically a summary of the interview taken by me on the behalf of saintlymonkey of Rushikesh Patil about his successful career as a Mechanical Engineer.

About Rushikesh Patil:-

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE MechanicalA 23-year-old Mechanical Engineer, a project leader at Steelcase (An American MNC in the field of furniture). Part of a CONNECT program in Malaysia and a Cummins intern. Topped among the Sinhgad institutes with an aggregate of 82.63% overall. Bagged the Second rank in Pune university during the first year of engineering and a consistent topper throughout the curriculum. He is been  part of VOICE as a Program in charge, Study in charge and a youth counselor with successful completion of Discover yourself, Positive Thinker, Management and leadership courses. A scholarship student of NTES (National Talent Search Examination) from the period of 8th to 10th

Me:- Hi Rushikesh thanks for taking time out and sharing your experience of a successful journey in a career with the readers of I will be asking a series of question to you. Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Rushikesh :-Before starting I would like to thanks to give me this opportunity to share my experience, I am Rushikesh Patil &I am living in Pune since  16 years. I did my school from Mate, Chinchwad and high school from Jaihind college, Pimpri. I have cracked the IIT JEE mains with a score of 148 after which I got enrolled in  Mechanical engineering at Sinhgad Instituted. I got selected in Cummins for an internship followed by full-time offer & also in Stellcase where I chose Steelcase for my future career. Though I joined as a Trainee, I am now a Project leader for APAC (Asia Pacific) region.

Besides that, I have 3 sisters. My father is a retired worker from GKN metals while my mother takes care of home. My brothers-in-law are managers in organizations namely Wilo, Thermax and Reliance industries.

Me :- Thanks for the brief intro...Who do you give all your credit for your success?

Rushikesh :-Firstly, I will like to thank Krishna, the supreme personality of godhead who guided me all along the way as even a leaf cannot move without his desire. Apart from that, there are many people who contributed to my success. Sometimes, we meet someone who changes our views towards life completely. I was fortunate enough to be a part of VOICE which is a JET-AGE GURUKUL. My VOICE-mates and my parents played a germane role in my victory. I thank my parents who had complete faith in my choices as well as my decisions. I was blessed to get a handful of teachers who inspired me throughout the course.

Me:- How was your college life?

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

Rushikesh:-It was awesome. Along with studies, I was in charge of the college magazine. I always like to be engaged in various activities and that is something which provided me the momentum and a broader perspective. I was involved in CSR activities, science campaigns, Purushottam Karandak (dramas), Techtonic (a science fair) to name a few. In my opinion, the college is not just for studies but for an overall growth to strengthen social, emotional as well as an intellectual quotient. I represented my college for many Sinhgad institutes festivals too. I spent my first year at the college hostel (it was pathetic!) and then later I was saved by VOICE.

Me:- What is this VOICE that you are mentioning again & again in your answers??

Rushikesh:-VOICE is a jet-age Gurukul and an educational wing of ISKCON which aims to inculcate moral value in youth with character and competence. It has been training and educating the youth community since 1996 and more than 10,000 students have participated in different courses. It provides hostel facilities at the leading institutes including IIT’s and NIT’S to empower the modern youth with values of life. It mainly focusses on personality development and character build up through Yoga, Mantra meditation and nutritious diet. Voice also plays an important role in enhancing Public speaking, becoming a team player synergy and personal care. Most importantly, it gives equal importance to Spirituality and Academics.

Me:- Does it really works this "Mantra Meditation"??

Rushikesh:-I still practice this amazing tool regularly where we chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. The modern man is filled with fear, anger, tension, a defensive attitude which leads to stress. The adrenaline hormone secretion leads to disorders like indigestion, back pain, blood pressure problems , etc. Meditation alleviates stress and helps to attain peace of mind. It improves one's  inner strength, patience, tolerance, vigor, confidence and power to make decisions. This helps to lead a cheerful stress-free life.

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

Me:- Did you study every day? This a common question that every topper has to encounter very frequently.

Rushikesh:-No, to be honest. I did not get time every day, but I ensured that the holidays during the preparation leave (PL) were fully used. Most of the students used to stay at home entire PL. I used to go home for a few days just to get the stress out, to feel lighter and reenergized. At VOICE, we had a strict schedule for study which helped everyone to be disciplined. I have studied 10 hours daily with a well-maintained tracking report. We used to send our study scores to counselors for the perusal and subsequent guidance. 

Me:- What do you prefer- Hard work or Smart work?

Rushikesh:-I  choose smart work. In engineering, there are lot of subjects to study. I focused on quality rather than quantity. There will always be subjects which you barely like. While studying, I had a mixed pattern of preferred and least preferred subjects. It helped me to remain balanced. For the preferred subjects, I focused on strengthening my concepts as a low-hanging fruit whereas, for the least preferred, I took a calculated risk and focused on frequently asked concepts. I never use to study the subject completely before the exam. I just used to revise the strong and frequently asked concepts. For this, I  recommend preferring the last 3-year question papers and analyze the trend.

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

Me:- How did you write answers in exam and score well?

Rushikesh:-While studying a subject, I used a label concept. For any concept or theory, I pro-actively prepared labels. Labels denote words which are constituents of the concept. I wrote them in the books itself. During revision, I read them and tried to elaborate while writing. I wrote answers in the form of a thesis- Point, The reason, Example, and re-statement. It is an explicit understanding that the theory does not provide a good score compared to numerical problems. I focused to score more in numerical problems than theory. Good handwriting points wise answer and a neat presentation plays a crucial role. Writing an answer in the exam is like you are explaining a concept to a stranger which does not know anything about it, & wrote accordingly.

Me:- How do you handle personal interviews & oral examinations?

Rushikesh:-Be Confident! That’s the only thing. The external examiner checks not only your understanding about a concept but also how confidently you explain it.  But, make sure you have an overview of basic concepts. During the oral exam, make sure that the conversation does not stop. Be clear and  to the point. Do not unnecessarily revolve around points. Remember, the oral exam is not a competition between you and your fellow mates but how well you manage the whole team. So, always help the other candidate who is not confident in explaining the answer. Do not forget to express gratitude to the examiner for his time.

Me:- What were your strategies while preparing for company interview for the campus placement?

Rushikesh:-No, I did not have any special strategy. Campus placement plays an important role in every student’s life as graduation time nears, the focus shifts for interview preparation. Trust me, your chances of success at the interview determines your career whereby getting a good break at campus eases the way ahead. Here are some of the tips-

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

  1. ·         Probe the nature of the campus interview: It may not be possible for you to find out the exact reason for the interview. Whether the recruiters are looking out for a suitable candidate for their open positions or are merely fishing for good resumes. But once you are inside the interview, you can ask the interviewers if they have some specific vacancies that they are recruiting for. Thereafter you can accordingly decide on the level of efforts to put in there.          
  2. ·         Research the company: It’s advisable to know the company well before appearing for its interview. Being aware of the latest news and developments related to the company, you can easily ace the interviewer’s interest.                                                                                                
  3. ·         Use the career fair platforms: Apart from attending your own college’s career/job fair programs and seminars, do attend these at other colleges’ as well. Thereby you may earn a chance of interacting with the companies that have not turned up in your college and thus get yourself some more opportunities.                                                                                                   
  4. ·         Prepare a 5-minute short summary of your project/internship: Your project and internship showcase your skills and exposure that you have had. But during the interview, you cannot describe it all, so it’s better to make a brief list of the major points you would like to highlight.   
  5. ·         Be prepared for GD and PI: In campus interviews, companies basically take the first round of Group Discussion, to spot the initiators with leadership skills. Having screened from there, Personal Interviews are taken to more precisely evaluate the candidate’s skills. So you will have to prepare well for both separately.                                                                                         
  6. ·         Prepare for the behavioral questions: Behavioral questions mostly are open-ended and they are meant to know your experience and application related competencies. These questions intend to put forth your real self. Such questions could be like “Tell us about how you used to handle your exam pressure”, or how did you manage to do this project while attending full-day college”.                                                                                                                                                    
  7. ·         Wear formal attire: Interview is a highly professional interaction and do follow the etiquette. Wear a formal matching the requirement of the situation, even if the company has an informal dress code for its employees.                                                                                                       
  8. ·         Admit mistakes or if you don’t know the answer to a question: Instead of giving wrong answers and making a bad impression, admit that you don’t know the answer or accept your mistake. Be honest and you will be appreciated.                                                                                                      
  9. ·         Be confident and enthusiastic: Be energetic and enthusiastic once you are inside the interview room, and don’t let your anxieties and nervousness be seen. Remember you are being observed, so be relaxed, calm and confident.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  10.          Don’t lose courage easily: Don’t lose your courage and heart soon, even if the interview is taking too long and there is no job offer yet rolled out. Because if you will start doubting your potential, your nervousness could overpower your best qualities and you may lose, though you are competent enoug.

Me:-Although you were selected for 2 companies, what was your preference- Passion or package?

Rushikesh:-Passion will always be my choice. Today the pursuit of money is almost directly linked to the pursuit of happiness, many will argue that money = happiness. However, this is inherently problematic as this mindset leads many people to stray down a path that doesn’t best suit them. When people choose their careers, they are sometimes blinded by money and so choose to follow the paper trail. Although money is great and can buy us all the things that will temporarily make us happy, no amount of money can buy time. Time is our most valuable asset and it is something, that while on this earth, we should spend most wisely. You shouldn’t feel like you’re mindlessly wasting your life away. Many people who choose careers that don’t make them happy will tell you that they would all do it differently if they had the chance. You only have one life, so don’t waste it working somewhere you hate just because of the money

            Me:-What is your secret of being a balanced person and able to manage everything?

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

      Rushikesh:-While work might be demanding at times, it should never become a priority over your well being. You need time and energy for your hobbies and interests, for your family and loved ones. Don't spend eight hours a day working just to come home and neglect the things that keep your spirits high and passion fresh. Fitness is utmost important. I do Yoga, meditation and a physical exercise to start a day. I will recommend these 5 tips-
  1. Use Outlook to manage time and prioritize tasks. Focus on high productivity and good time management at work. If we don’t get tasks completed during the day, we feel pressurized to take work home with us.
  2. Plan ahead. Schedule time at the end of each day to prepare for the following day. Don’t start anything new during this time and focus on what needs to be accomplished tomorrow. Then leave it until the next day.
  3. Use your out of office greetings to communicate when you will be returning to the office and responding to messages. You will not feel pressurized to respond immediately when people know that you are not in the office.
  4. Unplug. How often do you look at your phone? We currently pick up and look at our phones an average of 46 times a day, easily obsessing over the number of unread emails sitting in our inbox. Begin your stress-free weekend or evening by turning off email notifications on your smartphone. This will even hide that unread mail badge temping you back to work.
  5. Follow your passion. Try to find a career that will bring you happiness. If you find a profession that combines your passion with making a living, terrific! If not, make sure that you spend time doing something you truly love outside of work. The next morning you will be refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead.

Me:- What are your hobbies?

Rushikesh:-There are many. I like to sing, sketch, travel and writing blogs. I like traveling to various places and experience the beauty of God's creation. I am a professional travel blogger. 

How I Became University Topper-Interaction with Rushikesh Patil, BE Mechanical

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Me:-Any Message you would like to give to our readers??

Rushikesh:-Follow your passion! An activity that gives you a sense of fulfillment and purpose. If you don’t know what that might be (yet), choose the hobbies, careers, and pastimes that excite you the most because those are the things worth chasing. Get paid for what you love. Most importantly, understand the purpose of human life. Not just live like an animal doing eating, mating, sleeping and defending but regulate your lifestyle. Be in the association of good people. There are 2 beautiful quotes by Radhanath swami which I always remember-
1.      Faith is the symptom of the love of God and surrender to him is the manifestation of that Love.
2.      When we forgive someone, we liberate ourselves from the poison of the negativity that is within our own heart. So, forgive endlessly.

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