Mentor Community Spotlight: Ravindranath

It gives me pleasure to read about international opinions and news in the forums to open my mind and teach me new things about the world.

Our spotlight this week is on Ravindranath. Ravindranath is a mentor for Building Your Leadership Skills and has been a Mentor for 4 months

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I live in Pune in India. I have two daughters who are also engineers by profession. I am a Mechanical Engineer. I love to walk and visit beautiful places.

What was your first Coursera course, how did you find out about it and why did you decide to take it?

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations was the first course I took. I came to know of it from surfing the internet.

What’s your favorite Coursera course and why?

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia is my favorite Coursera course as it is a useful course about science in daily life. The course teaches of the outcome of the industrial revolution all over the world. Every nation has to face a number of environmental crises like pollution, global warming, ozone layer depletion, eutrophication, etc. Such problems should be considered as serious issues and every nation has to participate to overcome the hazardous effects of these problems – problems that are all created by human beings. We have to save Mother Earth at any cost- it is every individual’s duty to solve this global problem!
The structure and oratorship of the course is also very good. The examples and comparisons given are very engaging and excellent. This course can go a long way with proper advertising in science and engineering colleges. This course is thought-provoking and very informative.

What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?

Coursera is really an eye opener and a reminder to be a good citizen firstly and then a responsible human being. It has changed my views and perspective about the world. Coursera has provided a platform to see views on different topics and a new horizon to express and exchange knowledge.

[Coursera] has changed my views and perspective of thinking about the world.

Which course do you Mentor? What do you like most about the course?

I mentor the Building Your Leadership Skills course. The management concepts are well defined and taught in detail. The course has a unique feel due to conversation with peers from other nations, thus there is exchange of views and news.

How did you decide to become a Mentor?

I was a teacher and lecturer in an Engineering College in the initial stages of my career. Later, I opted for the construction field for better perks and status. But after a certain age, I find mentoring is the best option to influence students and get feedback.

I enjoy replying to learners questions, especially the odd questions – it keeps my mind busy whenever I have leisure time

What does the Coursera/Mentor community mean to you?

It is a starting step towards success. The Mentor community has become a new family for me, especially on weekends.It gives me pleasure to read about international opinions and news in the forums to open my mind.