In a career that has just about taken off, Jayant Pawania has already managed to collect all the markers of a typical Indian success story.
This 27-year-old’s accomplishments is something that would sit pretty on a matrimonial column — degrees in computer engineering and business management, jobs at a multinational and a start-up, a short stint abroad, a ‘higher five-figure’ monthly salary, and a flat bought in a prime Mumbai suburb.
Only, you would not find Pawania’s profile in any matrimonial section — his wife Priyanka recently gave birth to a bonnie boy.
After a degree in computer engineering, Jayant postponed the job hunt and joined IIM Lucknow. He majored in finance and interned at a publishing house in Delhi, where “the only thing I got was my life partner” — Priyanka was in the marketing department.
The campus job offer took him away to Bangalore. Jayant joined Hewlett-Packard as service delivery manager at the head of a team of 10. He married within a year of shifting.
Then there was a two-month stint at a client’s in Grenoble, France. Next Jayant shifted to Mumbai where he joined the then-newly-minted Yes Bank’s corporate development and strategy team.
How different does the finance job look from what it seemed to promise in the IIM campus? “I expected it to be rocket science, but it has turned out to be mostly commonsensical.
Once the jargon is taken care of, there is only a little bit of mathematical analysis most people have to do. A lot of it is routine work — it’s the people who make it exciting,” says Pawania. What makes it challenging, then? “The fact that you are always playing with someone else’s money, minding the various regulators and their norms.”