Faces of HashedIn
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Pune, I did my schooling from Jnana Prabodhini Navanagar Vidyalaya. But I was never an outstanding student who excelled academically. However, my active participation in extracurricular activities helped me bag the ‘Student of The Year’ award in the 9th grade. Also, I won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals in State-level swimming competitions. After graduating in Applied Arts, I started exploring my professional options.
While being a designer was one of the choices available to me, I didn't want to just beautify things, rather wished to solve problems through my designs. During that period, UI/UX design was booming as one of the most sought-after career choices, and I also felt an inclination towards the same. My knack for problem-solving made me pursue my Masters in Design for Digital Experiences from National Institute of Design, Bangalore.
Taking up design as a career has been an informed decision, and I was always fully aware of my professional interest in this field. After post-graduation, I looked for career opportunities in promising startups as I didn't want to feel lost in a big organization. I wanted to work with a company that would respect my opinions and allow me to make significant contributions. This marked the beginning of my journey into the design industry through a few startups, and I gained a substantial amount of experience in these organizations.
Working on multiple projects and with various clients, I gradually transitioned from being a Senior UX designer to a Team Lead. As a leader, I gained proficiency in managing different projects ranging from designing a casino management system to designing the UX for India's most extensive grocery shopping application. After having my first child and taking a much-needed break in my career, I joined HashedIn by Deloitte in August 2019.
I currently lead the Design team at HashedIn, and one of my key responsibilities is managing allocations of designers and ensuring that they get enough opportunities for training and growth. As the Design head, building design capability is my core duty, and I ensure interacting with my team members daily about their assigned projects and deliverables. Every day is a new experience at this organization, and with its flexible working hours, I also successfully juggle between my professional and personal life, which is centered around my toddler.
Amidst all this, I also understand requirements from other teams and try to address problems with relevant solutions. Various team-building activities like the session ‘Design Diagnose’ are conducted, where each team member talks about his/her respective projects or discusses current industry trends. This helps designers bond with each other and get to learn new things every day. It also lets me assess their strengths and weaknesses and help them as and when required.
Apart from work and family, I practice home gardening in my free time. Also, as an animal activist, I actively participate in the rehabilitation of rescued or abandoned dogs, spread awareness about malpractices in the dog breeding industry, and promote dog adoption.
Every time I face a new challenge in managing a team, I try to learn from the hurdles, which keeps me going with a definite focus in life. My passion for working on various problems and ideating about their solutions has helped me strike a balance between my personal and professional life. I hope this helps me sail through the journey ahead.