Coming back to his point of learning as an endless process, he says that it’s essential to be open to working at rudimentary levels, learning new things, pushing boundaries. “Once you have decided the way you want to go, then your learning starts. These four semesters (of your Master’s program) must be seen as your foundation, not a lifetime treasury. You have to build on your foundation.”
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not be guided by the same. Students must be aware of the same, and he assures that the foundation years at CEPT will help one to adapt to these projects. “Even smart cities are template driven, to which students can easily adapt and contribute new and innovative ideas,” he adds. It is best to go to the industry with an open mind, with a desire to learn more and build upon existing capacities, “nobody will become a leader overnight”, he reckons.
The interesting part of his momentous professional journey, is its intuitive nature. He says that one cannot force their way through life. “Sometimes you have to be persistent if not aggressive, and then that allows you to grow. It’s all a game. Sometimes you have to be quiet and wait for an opportunity,” says Phatak. He feels that in the young days of one’s career in this field, it is about carrying other people’s ideas. The real fight starts when one reaches the stage where they have to sell their views to others.