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This ‘techie’ alumnus from Apeejay aims to start his own IT company

Hitesh Mehta, who completed his schooling at Apeejay School Rama Mandi, says he has always been in love with computers

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Hitesh Mehta, an alumnus of Apeejay School Rama Mandi, says he has been a “techie” since childhood. Following his passion, Hitesh went on to pursue his higher education in Computer Applications. Currently, he works as a consultant at Deloitte. In an interview, Hitesh talks about his passion for technology, plans of starting his own IT company in the future, and more. Read on:

What memories do you have of Apeejay School, Rama Mandi?

I joined Apeejay School Rama Mandi in the 12th standard. Although I have spent only a year in the school, my memories and learnings have been many. I was fortunate to get very good teachers who groomed me well for the future. I also participated in several school activities that were lively and enriching. The fact that the school is located on the outskirts of the city was in itself a very refreshing experience. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Apeejay. I still have a strong bond with the group of friends I made at the institution.

 What did you pursue after school?

I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications (BCA) from DAV College Chandigarh. After completing my graduation, I pursued a master’s degree in Computer Applications (MCA) from Guru Nanak Dev University.

Was there a reason you opted for Computer Applications? Was it something you always wanted to do?

Yes! Since childhood, I have been passionate about technology. Whenever my toys started malfunctioning, I would try to fix them myself (laughs). I have always been in love with computers. So, this career choice was an obvious one for me.

Do you also pursue this passion for technology outside of office?

More or less. I try to help my father with his business, which deals with necessary official documentation, by trying to automate whatever I can, using my skills.

This means you have been able to strike a work-life balance to be able to invest time in these things. 

Yes, it has not been much of a challenge till now. Currently, I am working from home, so I utilise my short breaks to do what I enjoy like experimenting with technology

Since you are so passionate about technology, did you ever think of starting a venture of your own?

I would like to do that eventually after gaining enough exposure and experience. Right now, it is too early to plan something like this because I am fairly new in the professional world. However, my long-term goal is to collaborate with one of my close friends and build an IT startup.

You have had about three years of professional experience till now. What are your learnings?

What I learned in this short span is that you have to keep a positive spirit in the face of all challenges. If you are disappointed or criticised by someone for not delivering the required results, just remember what all you have overcome to reach this far. That will boost your confidence and prepare you to cope with future challenges. Many of us tend to be overachievers. While it is good to have ambition, we should be grateful and happy with whatever we have achieved in our journey.

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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