Staff Spotlight: Niranjan Thampu

Niranjan Thampu co-founded Capital Placement while studying at BPP Law School. Niranjan has lived, studied, and worked across the globe, with experience in the United Kingdom, United States, Asia, and Europe.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling around South East Asia, one of my favorite memories is of Singapore. It is such a melting pot of cultures and different nationalities, I fell in love with the food, the people, and the vibrant environment. The high-rise buildings are captivating, and it almost feels like a little world on its own. I spent two weeks in Singapore, exploring everything from street food markets to Marina Bay Sands. My trip to Singapore was one of the main reasons we decided to create the Singapore Internship Program.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My co-founder and I decided to start Capital Placement whilst still in university. Despite the failure we encountered (of which there was a lot), we weren't afraid of complex problems because we knew we would, and have, learned a lot from them. Starting out as a small team, and moving on to manage a bigger team from various parts of the world continues to be a great learning experience for me. Working with candidates and companies from around the world has also taught me so much about culture, people, and various customs and traditions. This has allowed me to grow tremendously, both personally and professionally.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A while ago we had a German graduate apply to our program for an internship in Mumbai, India. Whilst networking in India, he met someone with whom he shared a similar passion, who went on to become his business partner for a company they co-founded. Even after the internship had ended, he decided to remain in India in order to travel and source the product for his business venture. More than 5 years later, the two still run a successful business in Germany and India.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Singapore Internship Program. It is a city I really admire for its diversity, well-developed infrastructure, incredible food, and culture. There are some amazing companies that I respect and appreciate, and would love to work with. I'd also love to be able to learn about and understand the working culture in countries like Singapore.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

For 9 years, we have upheld the same standard of 'customer first'. The most important thing to us has always been, and still is, the candidates. We are focused on their best interests. I'm really proud of the fact that we have been able to support so many candidates in the past 9 years and help them get where they want to be professionally. I am proud that our team has still maintained this culture over the years.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the people behind a company make it successful. Relationships are important, and transparency - both within the team and the customers - is essential. Empathy is also a major factor in creating a successful company and work environment - to really understand all the stakeholders involved in the company.