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Sharvil Desai

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What degree course did you study and when did you graduate?

Management (2020).

What is your current role?

Founder & CEO, Another Foods, India.

Tell us about your career story since graduating from Warwick

Fortunately, right from my last year at Warwick, I knew what I wanted to do. Hence, I started working on building the foundation of my company. During this time, I decided to pursue a master's to further my knowledge and widen my connections. After graduating from the London School Of Economics, I realised there is a huge opportunity for plant-based meat back home in India. Therefore, I moved back to India to start my company. Ever since, I have been living here, building and growing my company.

How has your time at Warwick helped you during your career?

No matter what I say, it will not give justice to the amount Warwick has helped shape me and my career. The knowledge I've gained from my course, the connections I have made through the university, and the interactions I have had with people from around the globe have all led me to the point where I can say that I am confident and capable of starting and accelerating my company.

What ambitions do you have for the future?

My ambition is to keep working on Another Foods and making it one of the leading food tech companies in the world.

What advice do you have for Warwick graduates who would like to work in your sector?

  • Know who the key stakeholders are; this is a hygiene factor when it comes to interviews (GFI, Major companies)
  • Keep up to date with innovations and trends in the sector.
  • Even if companies have not advertised for a role, email them your CV. This could either lead to a job or, at the least, you might gain knowledge of the sector if given a chance to interview.

What 3 top tips would you give to students looking to find a graduate role in the UK or elsewhere in the world?

  1. Build strong connections and networks (these will help you understand new roles or could lead to a job)
  2. Attend all Alumni meets (I've gained a lot of clients through these meets)
  3. BE PERSISTENT. Keep applying, and don't give up rejections are a part of the process, not the end.