New students are not the only fresh faces that matriculate the halls of Globe Univerity-Sioux Falls each quarter. Globe University also welcomes new instructors to our classrooms, all bringing their own unique experiences and education methods to reach and inspire our students. Jay Pradeep, our most recent finance instructor, is teaching Financial Planning. His knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching helps our students become economically savvy.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to Globe?
I moved to Sioux Falls from India in 1997. My wife Wendy, and my children, Ketan and Sasha, complete my family. My education is in mechanical engineering and business finance. After having worked as a computer programmer and a financial adviser for some large companies, I decided to start my own business and Intelligent Investments opened its doors in November 2011.
An academic environment is the perfect place to think, learn, and perhaps grow in knowledge for both students and instructors. This freedom may not be available in day-to-day work. The ability to reflect on and remember what I have learned, share it with students, and learn new ideas in the process is what brought me to Globe University-Sioux Falls.
What is your role and why is it important?
My primary role is to help foster an environment of free thinking in my classroom and in the school. When this is done, the concept may be extended to any area of study and developed from there.
What do you like most about your job and Globe?
I have never seen a group of people more dedicated to others’ success as the staff and the faculty at Globe University. I like working in an environment where student development is given such a high priority. And, of course, the treats that I seem to find from time to time in the break room are a great incentive.
What inspires you?
A simple desire to “give a little more than I take.” There is a lot of emotional satisfaction to be had by following this simple rule and by knowing that it is the right thing to do.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have traveled to many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. Much of my knowledge of world history comes from my travels and not from books. Even though many of these travel opportunities happened by chance, I am glad to have the presence of mind to take advantage of it and enjoy the experience.
What do you like best about teaching?
Sometimes students struggle with a difficult concept, and when they understand it after giving it the consideration, there is an “ah-ha” moment in their mind. Their faces brighten, they relax, and instantly they are not the same person that they were before the moment. Being a part of such moments and experiencing the joy when a concept is understood is what I like best about teaching.
Tell our readers something unique about yourself?
I am left-handed by nature. However, there is a taboo in Asian countries, and even in the Western World in certain places, that left-handedness is not good. Therefore, I was forced to change to using my right hand for common purposes. Therefore, today, I eat with my right hand, shuffle playing cards with my left hand, can hit a baseball equally well with both hands, and my handwriting is terrible in either hand.