Pallavi Nimmala

I was just 21 when I got my first full-time job in one of the MNCs and if only I could relive that moment when I broke this news to my family. They were overjoyed with teary eyes and beaming smiles. I remember the celebration, it was not just restricted to family, neighbors, and close friends, but my village was rejoicing. Indeed, it was a proud event for my whole family, especially my father whom I idolized throughout my childhood.

Being nostalgic, I recall how he used to toil 24*7, regardless of the unfavorable weather conditions. We soon realized the need for a better alternative source of income as relying on farming could not suffice. The decision to take up a job whilst still completing my graduation was not easy.

I dreamt of becoming a civil engineer when I was 8 years old, at the time when our house was getting constructed. Although not an appropriate career option for women, my family supported it wholeheartedly. And I ensured to pay it back with all the hardship I underwent for consistent years, juggling between the job and studies. The male-dominant industry that I had stepped in had me face challenges which I may not do otherwise, but my determination had it that I made it through.

After working for a notable tenure of five years, I chanced upon Infra.Market where I not only grew professionally but also personally. When I was just 15 days old at Infra.Market, my subordinate exited, and I was handed over his responsibilities too. From being one of the team members to making a team of my own, my journey at Infra.Market has really been fulfilling. I was not only put faith in but also empowered to challenge my own milestones. Thankfully, I always came out with excellence and the credit goes to Anil Kulkarni sir who really held my hand all through.

Recalling what my father always used to emphasize, “If you want to lead, learn to take responsibility,” be it in personal life or professional, I have always stood up to this. I aim to become an expert in concrete. My quest is quite simple, I want to lead and lead with responsibilities.