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‘Effective communication, leadership and integrity are must-have qualities in an entrepreneur’

Atharva Prasad Vitkar, an alumnus of Apeejay School, Kharghar, says he has been a leader since his school days

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In an interview, Apeejay Kharghar alumnus Atharva Prasad Vitkar recalls his active participation in various co-curricular activities that the school organised. After completing his schooling from Apeejay Kharghar, Atharva pursued an engineering degree and is now working in his family business called Apt Samriddhi Consultants Pvt Ltd. Read on to know about his learnings in the course of his journey till now.

What memories do you have of Apeejay School, Kharghar?

I completed my schooling in 2015. I was in Apeejay Kharghar right from nursery. What I remember the most are the co-curricular activities I participated in—the teachers always encouraged me. You will find my photo in each of their annual school magazines because I would always participate in some competition or the other and win prizes. I was among the naughty kids in the class and most of the teachers knew me well (laughs). I also enjoyed a very good rapport with the seniors and juniors in the school.

Are you still in touch with your classmates and teachers?

Of course! The group that I hang out with now is that of my school friends.

Were you always interested in joining your family business or did you have other plans?

Yes, I was always interested in entrepreneurship and wanted to join my family business. Since childhood, I was attracted to the idea of leadership. I would usually lead my team in my endeavours.

Tell us about your family business.

We are into engineering consultancy for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. We provide utility solutions to businesses.

Did you pursue engineering after school?

Yes, I completed mechanical engineering at Mumbai University. I graduated in 2021 and joined my family business. I am planning to work here for a couple of years after which I would like to pursue an MBA in finance from abroad.

You have worked for a year now. Tell us about some of your major learnings.

First, I have learned how to communicate effectively with people to ensure your personality leaves a mark on them.

What entrepreneurial skills have you learned in your journey?

Yes, I have been fortunate enough to take up the role of a leader in my company’s new projects. I have learned how to manage a team.

According to you, what are some of the skills that a budding entrepreneur must have?

Effective communication, leadership, and integrity are some of the skills that entrepreneurs must acquire. It is very important to deliver what you commit in the time that you promised. Else, there is no credibility.

How does an entrepreneur cope with the challenges that come their way?

It is all about the mindset. You must be ready to face the challenges instead of trying to escape them. Only when you face the challenges will you find a solution. 

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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