I am a Human Resources professional, currently working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at its headquarters in Geneva. I have completed a double Masters degree – an MBA with a specialization in Finance at SRM University, Chennai from 2004 to 2006 and a Masters in International HRM and Comparative IR the University of Manchester from 2013 to 2014. I worked for seven years in the field of Human Resources before deciding to further pursue the field of HRM and earn the second Masters degree. I could continue to list my CV here – but that will only give you a limited view of who I am.
I was born and raised in Trichy in a middle class, conservative family. My family is nuclear, with just three of us: Me, my father, a retired BHEL employee, and my mother, a music teacher in a government-aided school. I completed all of my schooling at Trichy from the State board syllabus. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Commerce in Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Trichy from 2001-2004. My dad wanted me to study to be a Chartered Accountant but I wanted to do Business Administration. Somehow I managed to convince him and went to Chennai for my MBA. There I realized that I am more interested in Human Resources Management than Finance. Luckily, my first job provided a good platform for me to develop my HR skills and allowed me to progress. Now you could think that when everything was fine, why did I look for more in life?
People who have known me for a long time have asked: “How did this transformation happen?” Sometimes I am left with no answers for them. I still remember consulting my dad and saying, “it’s a DO or DIE situation, what should I do?” He replied, “There is no DIE, it’s only DO. Do something for that.” So, I was left with no choice, except being stronger and more independent. Problems might change people either in a good or bad way; I decided to approach them in a positive way. That’s my transformation. It is not possible to change my past, but I took a second chance to improve myself and live the way I wanted to. It took a lot of courage to leave my lucrative job, get out of my comfort zone and take some risks. The first step is always tough, but when I took it, everything fell into place.
Now, I am a 31-year-old dreamer who is passionate about life and has passion for learning. I am inspired by and learn from everyone and everything I come across. I don’t limit myself with one specific role model or mentor.
Of course, every new adventure is full of both challenges and opportunities – they are two sides of the same coin. For example, working for the ILO in Geneva is a big milestone for both my personal and career growth. Living and working in a multi-cultural environment has made me more open-minded and also taught me to show more gratitude for what I had back in India. At the same time, understanding the behavioral pattern of multi-nationalities is one of the biggest challenges apart from the language barrier.
A big challenge of working at the ILO is that they rarely create permanent positions; many individuals work under short term contracts and as consultants, which creates uncertainty. However, this phenomenon requires us to change our thinking when it comes to traditional and sometimes monotonous work – to be flexible and alter our expectation that we must find one job for a lifetime.
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Photo explained clockwise:
- My first hike in Chamonix, France happened to be the toughest one, yet the feeling of accomplishment was wonderful.
- My first solo trip to Barcelona where i befriended an Iranian which entirely changed my perspective towards Iran.
- My UN experience – that’s the famous Human Rights council hall.
- Finally with my ILO colleagues who happen to be my good friends. Specialty of this picture is that no one comes from the same country of origin.