Original Source : The Interview Portal

Today, we share with you the story of a mechanical engineer who shunned the traditional path of IT and made a career out of his love for travelling, meeting people and of course golfing by leveraging his design/engineering skill wearing a sales hat.

Shyam Krishnamurthy from The interview Portal speaks to Kalyan Sabareeshan, Regional Sales Manager, Jacobsen.

Kalyan, can you tell us about your background?

I did my schooling at Mysore, a smaller town about 140 kms from Bangalore. I come from a family of musicians . Music has had a very strong influence in my life. I and my brother play for local rock bands. My dad is a Chartered Accountant and my mom is a homemaker.

What did you study?

My parents have been very liberal regarding my career choices. However i decided to pursue mechanical engineering at Visvesvaraya Technological University , having an inclination to do something more tangible, rather than computer science. At that time, I was quite facinated with carts & racing, so this influenced my career decision. After completing my BE, i took my GRE and enrolled for my masters at Clarkson University, NY in Mechanical engineering.

What did you do after graduation?

After doing my Masters , i landed a job as a design Engineer at Jacobsen, an OEM that makes turf maintenance equipment providing solutions for various outdoor sporting  activities such as Golf. I was part of the new New Product Development team set up in Bangalore & worked as a Design Engineer for a year.

How did you make a transition from design to sales?

Shortly after a year into setting up a New Product Development team in India, the company was looking out for a Regional Sales Manager to oversee the market in the Indian Sub-continent. I felt i could leverage my design and engineering knowledge in my sales role . Moreover, i have always been an outgoing person and like travelling and conversing with people. This came very naturally due to my background. On the other hand, i enjoyed the work environment at Jacobsen. So i requested an internal transfer to Sales. Subsequently, i joined as the Regional Sales manager at Jacobsen and started working from Bangalore

What is your job like ?

It takes me around India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and also to my head office in UK. I mostly visit Golf Courses / Resorts and educate people regarding the company, understand their requirements and also work with design/engineering team to see how we can adapt the product to market needs. I am building a larger team to meet sales goals. I believe my engineering knowledge has really helped me understand the product better both from a design perspective and market perspective.

What do you love about your job?

Freedom to design my own strategy (and be my own boss) is very rewarding. Also, in a customer service driven industry, the consequences of  your contribution can be seen almost immediately. In addition to these, I like travelling to exotic locations, meeting people,  and the overall environment that doesnt even feel like work.

Your advice to aspirants?

Never let go of what you love doing – even if you have not made the right choices early on. It is never late to change your career. Changing careers doesnt mean your qualification or education is wasted. Try to leverage what you learnt in your future role. There is always room for enhancing a given role with your unique contribution. And always be open to learn something new.