01 Feb 2016
5 minutes with Thejas Komarla, Business Development Manager at Myer
What is the best present you have ever received?
TK: Definitely one of the best and most memorable presents I received till date would be my first Nokia mobile phone. In a time where smart phones with cameras were just out in the market it was an amazing feeling to flash a fancy phone and walk around my mates, what made it even more special was the fact that my non tech savvy dad took the effort to research and buy me this phone just before my graduation. The phone is about 14 years old now but it still has a memory card full of pictures and videos of good old times. Probably one of the best gifts to have at the right time.
Growing up, did your family have a favorite celebration? If so, which one do you remember the most?
TK: I grew up in India, a country where family and relationships are very closely knit, with so many Festivals and rich cultures around, one of the biggest and most celebrated festival in my family would be Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. It’s an annual family event where all relatives get together at my grandparents place which is in a small town in India. It’s special because it’s the only festival where our full family of over 45 people come together for a huge 3 day celebration where there is lots of food, fun, laughter and heaps of memories created and shared.
What does giving mean to you?
TK: For me personally giving is a very powerful act, it not only brings joy to the person on the receiving end but it also makes you the person giving feel extremely good. The joy of seeing that smile on the persons face receiving the gift is priceless. It’s a very strange happy feeling how giving makes you feel so good. I always believe the more you give the more you receive, it’s like good karma, what goes around definitely comes around!
We noticed you have worked at Myer for many years, did you always work in Corporate Services?
TK: I have been with Myer for over 5 years now and it has been an epic learning journey, I started with Myer as a Christmas Casual while I was studying my masters and kept progressing through different opportunities within the company, I moved from a Christmas causal to a team leader then into a sales manager role and from there I took a turn into corporate life with a role in marketing and loyalty and now work in Corporate Sales of Gift Cards. It’s now been a year in this role and I absolutely love what I do and the fact that I help people find a solution to give something back makes me happier.
Over your years in business, do you feel there is an important lesson you have learnt? If so, can you please share it with us?
TK: There are many experiences I have learnt from my years working, but one of the most important lessons I have learnt is to understand and learn from the mistakes you make really quick, the one thing most people don’t do well is learn from their mistakes, instead it is looked at negatively which in-turn has it’s adverse effects and gets them derailed and they lose motivation. Everything that happens to us at work or in our personal lives happens for a very good reason, there is always this positive side to every single situation, we just need to jump past the hurdle and look at the light at the end of the tunnel.
What advise would you give a 20 year old starting their career for the first time?
TK: The one advise I would definitely want to share is don’t chase a career or do a job for money, do a job because you love doing it and money will automatically follow, make sure you always say yes to any job - big or small, everything and anything you do is new and helps you develop and learn. Starting work young is the best thing ever, working teaches you more life skills than anything else in this world, the people and the places you work for make and build who you would be. Although going to Uni and having fun is great, it really doesn’t teach you any life skills. Working not only gives you a better perspective of money but it also makes you value people especially your family and the things they do for you a lot more.
If you could spend 5 minutes with anyone today, who would it be and why?
TK: I would love to spend 5 minutes with Warren Buffet, he isn’t an inventor or creator but a pure genius with a simply philosophy of living life with financial freedom, now everyone of us want to have unlimited resources of money but Warren Buffet has an amazing ideology of how we can make money work for us. His quotes are probably one of the best and it simply points out the mistakes we all do in our daily lives. He truly inspires living and valuing life differently.