Many of you may have seen Girish walking around our offices in Bahrain, Iraq, Gabon or South Sudan…but for those of you who may not know who Girish Rajnathsing is, the Communications team decided to find out who the lone wolf really is.
The self-proclaimed “independent guy” who loves doing everything on his own, joined the BMMI team seven months ago as the Integrated Facilities Management Manager for our overseas sites, and has since then adapted to our people culture and has learned more about himself.
“BMMI found me!” he said. “It wasn’t planned, it came out of nowhere and I am glad I accepted it. It is a people company and that wasn’t something I was used to from my previous jobs. I adapted and learned that BMMI wants to foster your talents, and now I get the best of both worlds. I get the results but at the same time, I am growing and becoming better at what I do. This isn’t something that was important to me previously, but now it is part of who I am becoming.”
This is Girish’s 8th job. He has worked in contracting, sales, marketing andmaintenance. You name it and he’s probably done it. Describing himself as a “generalist” and a “one-man show”, he says if you threw anything at him, he would probably learn how to do it and adapt very quickly.
As a man who loves to travel, Girish’s third job in industrial engineering required him to travel around Europe for renovations and new projects, which he absolutely loved. However, once he finished with his Europe tour, he moved to the North of Thailand for two months, an experience he described as “tough”. Although one of Girish’s hobbies is talking to people of different backgrounds and learning from their culture, he found it very difficult to communicate with the locals as none of them spoke English, French, Hindi or Creole, the four languages he speaks fluently. From there, he went back home to Mauritius where he was part of a project to build the first rice processing factory in the country. Of course, as “interesting as it was, it was also very complicated and a very big challenge.” Girish didn’t mind though, as he thrives off challenges, one of the main things he loves about his job here at BMMI.
“Each country we operate in does things differently and I have to find a way to make sure everything is done right and in a way that the locals can relate to,” he said. “I find challenges stimulating and I love working with people from different cultures, passions and backgrounds. It contributes towards making me better at what I do.”
Girish doesn’t miss Mauritius much anymore, as he is used to travelling and explains that this is his life now. But being the adventurous and active person he is, he does miss some of its attributes. He misses his favourite beaches, the salty, fresh air, the brilliant sun and his reinvigorating swims.
Girish ended the session with words of advice for all his colleagues; “Be patient! Always dream big! Always be polite, and most importantly…be independent!”