My growth story (it could become yours too!)
I kicked off my three-month transformation phase with a palette of technologies and simulated small projects, as I also learnt the importance of and the value in equipping myself with soft skills and corporate etiquette.
My first project was in Retail—implementing smart solutions to ensure that systems and applications run smoothly. Soon after, I was absorbed into the Banking and Finance domain where I began working on data warehouse and reporting applications for business risk management. This got me that prized lifetime opportunity to work within a client’s environment—onshore—as a technical lead for various Datawarehouse and Business Intelligence (DW/BI) applications. My professional responsibilities included assessing requirements, defining solutions, technical architecture, implementation, and delivery of enterprise portfolio projects. The next few years were spent soaking in real-world business domain knowledge. Using my cross-domain skills and technology landscape, I've now produced a dozen DW/BI applications, additionally supervising several projects in niche technologies, particularly for reporting front-end enterprise delivery.
Learning and mentorship
TCS has an organizational rhythm—a pace at which professional learning unfolds—that is best suited for my self-motivated quest for knowledge. There are new things to learn daily that not only feed towards realizing my personal career goals –in terms of strengthening my personal brand and enhancing my visibility among teams, but the learning also helps me navigate technology disruptions—a critical feature e any technology consultant must learnt to embrace. Over time, I honed my digital proficiencies to the point where I could mentor my fellow associates at TCS. I have adopted multiple roles in TCS. I am a Gold-certified Mentor, a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt™ professional, and I became the Process Improvement Officer moving on to provide an objective assessment of how well a company functions offering suggestions for how we can make processes simpler, faster and on effective, saving over USD4 million annually for TCS and our customers. All of these are opportunities that have come to me because TCS helps build on one’s core conviction as a technology expert.
There is no dearth of talented, passionate, and dedicated people to work with here. This reflects not just in the work we do for business, but also for communities. It is a part of the core Tata values that each of us carries. I've been a part of the TCS CSR team for a few years and was recognized in 2015 as a Champion from our Pittsburgh location. Since then, I have championed countless community projects, empowering over 220 volunteers who have donated over 450 hours to help end hunger, protect the environment, and encourage young people to pursue STEM careers through the GoIT program.