From IT professional to Musician & Entrepreneur - What it takes to dramatically switch careers

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by Pragnya Wakhlu on Sunday, January 11, 2015


Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


The session falls under category of ‘The Road Less Travelled - talks, discussions, Q&As by the people who have braved the intriguing, interesting, off-beat paths’.
A lot of people (like me ) these days are switching careers to follow their hearts. There are a lot of questions & uncertainities about what it takes to make this big descision.
This objective of the talk would be to discuss my personal journey, some of the challenges you will face and how to deal with them to manifest the career of your dreams.
This session is meant for anyone that is looking for some inspiration to change their existing career path towards a more fulfilling life journey.


-> A simple test that will tell you whether your chosen career is the right one for you -> Making the leap of faith: What it took for me to shift professions from an IT engineer in the US of A to a musician & entrepreneur in India. How does one make the leap of faith?
** Starting my own music based company that explores healing

-> Challenges faced in working in offbeat careers & how to overcome them -> My learnings along the unbeaten track and how I made it to where I am today -> 4 tips for people who are looking at venturing into offbeat careers. -> Interactive Q & A


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Speaker bio

Pragnya Wakhlu is a professional musician , composer and and the founder of Mousai India. A graduate of Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Bangalore(Management in Entrepreneurship) ; her passion for working with music and people led her to quit her career as a software professional at Infosys Technologies,USA and delve into research on the healing powers of music & movement. After experiments & research along with a dance therapist in Pune, she founded her own company Mousai in 2009 that aims at taking workshops for people to help them to be more positive, liberated, joyous & creative .

Mousai approaches learning in a new way utilizing the creative and kinesthetic side of the brain; using music and movement as tools for attitudinal transformation.Since 2009, Pragnya has facilitated workshops for AID’s patients at Wake up Pune and worked with women, children ,schools and corporates using music & movement as a tool for learning & transformation. Pragnya’s work has been featured in a book “Inspiring Women to start Innovative Enterprises” released by IIM-Bangalore and in numerous publications & TV Channels ( ZEE, India Postlive,Indian Express, Dainik Jagran, Times of India to name a few)

Pragnya is one of the few independent woman musicians & guitarists in the Indian music circuit. She released her solo album “Journey to the Sun” independently in 2012 and bagged the 3rd place for “Best Female Vocalist” at the Southeast Asia Music Awards. “Journey to the Sun” was also nominated for the prestigous Global Indian Music Awards(GIMA) for the ‘Best Pop Album’ & ‘Best Music Debut’ categories & earned her 2 nominations at the Jack Daniel’s Rock awards for ‘Best Female Vocalist’. She currently performs solo and with her four piece funk-rock outfit FRUZU.

An avid sports lover, she is a national level hockey player, karate gold medalist and an aqua aerobics instructor. Pragnya was awarded the Infosys Gold Medal for Excellence in College and also received the Best Outgoing Student Award in her passing out year.

Giving back to society has always been something close to Pragnya’s heart. You will often find her rallying up people in a human chain to save the hills, organizing funds for disaster victims or volunteering her time at an NGO.