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Praveen Vajpeyi
Praveen Vajpeyi
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Praveen Vajpeyi

Penn Foster

San Diego, CA USA

"Just keep playing. As long as you’re engaging in play—and learning happens through that—it’s a win-win situation."

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Praveen's work combines: Design, Education, and Building Things

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Day In The Life

Vice President of Product Design

I design products and services within the world of education.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Commerce

    St. Xavier's College

  • Graduate Degree

    Design & Technology

    The New School's Parsons School of Design

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Vice President of Product Design:

Bachelor's Degree: Commerce

Graduate Degree: Design & Technology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I grew up in Calcutta, India.

  • 2.

    As a teenager, I started apprenticing with my father at his printing press—the firsthand work experience helped me learn a lot.

  • 3.

    I earned a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Xavier’s College in Calcutta, India.

  • 4.

    After gaining experience designing for my father’s printing press, I broadened my horizons and started my own design studio, where I designed everything from documentary films to corporate identities.

  • 5.

    I partnered with a friend and created the largest informational website in Calcutta at that time—it was a lot of fun, but I eventually started feeling like I needed something more.

  • 6.

    I decided to go back to school for a master’s degree in design and technology from The New School's Parsons School of Design in New York—up until this point, I had been a self-taught designer.

  • 7.

    It eventually became clear to me that I wanted to focus on designing products and services within the world of education in order to create a multigenerational impact.

  • 8.

    I've since held design positions for education companies like McGraw Hill Education and College Board, which all led me to my current position as vice president of product design for Penn Foster.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement

  • THE NOISE

  • How I responded: