When I think of my time at the firm, I see a starry-eyed HR professional with a fire in her belly to soak in all experiences and build a career in the field. After spending five years in recruitment in consulting, I was looking for a break in Corporate HR, now known as ‘generalist’ or ‘business partnering’ roles. In my capacity as Senior Executive in HR, I gained rich experience in recruitment for Southern India, played various roles with the process and policies team, HR business partnering for the Tax function and finally took over as India head of Compensation and Talent Management – an area I never imagined to lead had it not been for the firm.
Each time I would rely on tried and tested methods, I would hear, “If we had to do it the same way, where are we adding value?” I soon realised that moving away from the conventional and leaning towards disruption is good for the long-term and is something we must continuously strive for. I built my risk appetite and understood that introducing change was not easy, especially for someone with much lesser experience than preceding leaders. With gradual changes, we kept improvising. Looking back, I owe a lot to my manager who instilled in me the belief that you are never too young, too junior, too inexperienced to be the change you want to see.
It’s the people…
One of the biggest strengths of the firm is its people. I was one of the first six members of the HR team in Bengaluru when I joined. By the time I left, there were so many team members (most of whom I had hired) that the magnanimity of what we had built together was overwhelming. I still remember looking around that room on my last day and thinking, do I really need to let this go, do I really need to leave?
The relationships, friends for life, mentors and guides helped me shape who I am. They continue to be a vital part of my career and I still reach out to them often for advice, suggestions and perspectives. I remember a team that came together not just to celebrate success, but also to learn from failures and have each other’s backs, irrespective of hierarchies.
Today, as the Director of People and Culture at Amadeus Software Labs, I lead Compensation and Benefits, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, and continue to build on my learnings from the firm. To others seeking growth in their personal and professional lives, I would say, “Have the wisdom to make the right choices, the will to make a difference and build on the wealth of opportunities you gain. Most importantly, be open, honest and have the courage to be who you are!”