Piya Bose is a lawyer turned founder of a women’s travel club called “Girls On The Go”.
Q. Hello, it’s a pleasure to have you with us! Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your life at law school? What extra-curricular and co-curricular activities were you involved in?
I did my BSc.,LLB from NUJS, Kolkata. Though our schedule was hectic, I took time out for hobbies and creative activities. Keeping a balance between academics and hobbies is very necessary for a holistic development of students. My favourite subject was Law and Literature and I did a very interesting project on Legal Literature in Asterix comics.
Q. After Law School, you worked in the legal sector as a corporate lawyer. Now you’re running your own startup! Did you ever envision that you would shift careers outside the legal field while at law school or even right after graduation?
Never. Like many things in life, this was completely unplanned.
Q. Could you tell us a little bit about your initiative ‘Girls On The Go Travel Club (GOTG)’ – A travel forum for women travellers? What was the inspiration/motivation behind the same? What does a typical day in your life look like?
I have been travelling solo since 16 years of age. My first trip was to Brazil as a Rotary Exchange student. Since then, I had noticed that hardly any Indian women were travelling as compared to their western counterparts. Later, after I quit my job as a corporate lawyer, I went on an impromptu overland trip from Lucknow – Nepal – Tibet. That trip inspired me to start my own venture on women’s travel.
Q. How did you go about setting up GOTG? Was the process of career change a difficult one? What factors did you take into consideration before making the switch?
I started GOTG on a zero cash business model. My TEDx talk on how I started my venture was featured by Forbes among Top 9 Travel Talks globally: https://youtu.be/RKZ_JHRM3QU
There were many challenges in the beginning. But, my deeper purpose empowered me to overcome all obstacles.
The switch was very organic actually. There was a period of transition during which I experimented with different stints. After a series of serendipities, I finally found myself on the path to starting GOTG.
Q. What were some of the challenges that you faced as a part of the process of making a career switch from the legal field and how did you overcome them?
There is a certain status attached to being a corporate lawyer, because of the salary package and perks. When I chose to transition, I could sense that loss of social status. But I ignored that, followed my heart and stayed true to my purpose. Finally, GOTG took off for its first trip to Ladakh and received several media mentions.
Q. Has your legal background helped you in anyway in your current professional journey? Are there any unexpected skills that you brought in from law school to your career today?
Yes, my legal background has helped me tremendously. Studying law helps one develop a critical eye. This helped me take stock of the problems of the traditional ways in which travel is organized and usher in innovations.
Q. Most of our readers are students of the law or are law graduates. What advice do you have for those who want to take up a career based on their passion but feel limited to the conventional career options in the legal field?
Passion, though powerful is very transient. Finding our deeper Purpose is what will really help us stay grounded during the ups and downs of doing something that your heart desires.
My suggestion is not to overthink and to dive into opportunities wherever you may find yourself. The currents of your deeper purpose will eventually take you to your destination.
Find out more about Piya –
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gotgclub
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