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October 15, 2021

Shanghavy Karunakaran, IBM

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title:

Business Transformation Consultant

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

brighten your day. I was always empathetic and encouraging towards others and maintained an optimistic outlook no matter what kind of adversity came my way. I am a people person and loved group projects because it allowed me to collaborate with others. I was more introverted back then, which made me more attentive to the feelings of others and I would do my best to make sure everyone felt included in group work. And I had a strong work ethic, passionate about wanting to give my best in everything. 

The skills I rely on most in my role:

self-directed learning. The ability to learn new things, simplify complex ideas, and retain new understanding is crucial in my role. As consultants, we provide solutions to clients from different industries, in different companies, with different processes. Due to the nature of our work, we are constantly investing time to learn about various market trends and technology-based solutions to set up our clients for success. As a consultant, clients see you as an expert in specific area or function and to become an expert there is a lot of self-directed learning involved.

Q: How did you turn your interests into a career?

When I was in high school, I was interested in business because I excelled at it and got good grades. I thought to myself if I’m naturally good at this, perhaps I would enjoy it as a career. I focused on researching business management programs to pursue at university and then came across alumni who worked in consulting who sparked my interest in consulting as a career.
 
You can begin initiating conversations with people who work in your area of interest. This is called ‘networking’ which was valuable for me when I was navigating into my career. LinkedIn is a great platform to connect and talk to people who work in your desired field and by talking to various professionals, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to expand your interests into a career.
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