Connecting the World – Rahul Jha

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Who?

Rahul Jha is a Program Officer at the International Telecommunications Union under the United Nations. He has done many various things in his life that have to do with Telecommunications. He has worked in numerous different companies including Nokia and Ericsson. Being a professional in his field, this interview touches upon different aspects of his job in the ITU.

Quick Summary

What is the function of the ITU?

Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, we allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.  Every time you make a phone call via the mobile, access the Internet or send an email, you are benefitting from the work of ITU. 

https://www.itu.int/en/about/Pages/default.aspx

What are some tips on working in a multicultural work environment?

Rahul mentioned that working with people from all over the world can at times be challenging if you do not take the time to learn about their background. It takes a lot of communication and understanding one another in order to make the team cohesive. However, Rahul said that it is an amazing experience because of all the different ideas and points of view that can be brought to the table.

How can students differentiate themselves?

Just like Rahul, many people dream to work for the United Nations. This organisation holds so many people together so it is definitely a fascinating experience. Rahul suggested that you should become an expert in whatever field it is you want to go into. Organizations like the UN have so many subsections so it is important to find a place where you fit and where your work and expertise is vital.

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Choose different internships from different areas to make yourself more well-rounded.

Unwillingness to give up is what will take you places.”

Rahul Jha

Creating Pathways – Raghvi Arya

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Who?

Raghvi is a third year student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, United Kingdom. She is currently studying Economics. Raghvi is an interesting guest on this podcast because she is so young and so successful. Being in her third year, she has done various different internships including working for Citi Bank and McKinsey. She took advantage of Spring Week during her course in order to build up her CV. She is currently a VC Scout with Open Scout. 

Quick Summary

Having done so many internships, what is a tip for standing out in CVs?

Starting her journey at 15, Raghvi got her first internships by calling and emailing companies that suited her interests and seeing if they had placements. When starting university, Raghvi used her time during summer holidays to gain more experience and make the most of her time. It is important to add experience, numbers and researching. 

What does the Tech and Business industry look like in terms of diversity?

Raghvi said that she is pleasantly surprised with how diverse the space is in terms of gender equality. She mentioned that big corporate firms are often pressured to make that change rather than smaller businesses as their cohort is not public. There are still issues when it comes to jobs in higher ranking positions. 

What has the space looked like during COVID?

She said that with the pandemic, everything obviously became online. That was a blessing in her eyes because people who had no physical access of attending or applying to internships are now able to do so. Living in St Andrews, 8 hours away from London, Raghvi had just as much access to internship positions. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be curious and do what you love.

When you have more to manage, you are more likely to be more efficient with your time.”

Raghvi Arya

Being Genuine – Goh Jing Rong

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Who?

Goh Jing Rong has kickstarted many different projects and has been part of various programs. He is the director of Risk Lighthouse and co-Founder of Anapi. He is also working in a social enterprise which works on connecting people who need help with people who can provide the help in light of Covid-19.

Quick Summary

Could you tell us a bit more about what you do?

Anapi is a company that works on helping start ups get the coverage that they need. Risk Lighthouse is a risk consulting firm that works on advising various kinds of projects from business’ and states to assess the potential risk levels. He also does some part time teaching in Singaporean universities where he teaches various different subjects from finance to data.

Why should we foster a place where people can give back and how can we do so?

Jing Rong refers back to a Chinese saying which says “when you are giving back, don’t brag about it.” People want to bring light and happiness to others out of their own will. However, he thinks that by giving recognition to those who are helping others and spending their time to support other people, we will encourage more people to participate in giving back.

From a speakers perspective, how do you keep your audience engaged?

Jing Rong has tried different styles of delivering his information. His biggest piece of advice would be to be genuine and truly excited about what you are speaking about. The audience can really read through you so it is important to be authentic. This goes for both teaching in the classroom as well as big formal conferences.

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

You are not defined by your grades or qualifications; you’re defined by who you are as a person.

“When you are giving back, don’t brag about it.” (Chinese saying) – Goh Jing Rong

Living Life For Yourself – Michael Huskii

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Who?

Michael Huskii is founder of Asian Heritage Ay You as well as Valyou Xchange. Asian Heritage Ay You is a media production company which empowers Asian community leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs and risk-takers to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Australia. He is also a current board member of Shoebox Ventures. 

Quick Summary

What inspired you to want to go into entrepreneurship? Was it always on your mind or did you ‘fall’ into the industry? 

Self discovery was a journey that Michael embarked on as he started to plan out his future to see where it will take him. As a creative individual, Michael pointed out that it was important for him to map out and see what his true potential was. It wasn’t a linear journey and had ups and downs. Being a young CEO is an inspiring role to be. Michael mentioned that being part of Generation Y doesn’t quite define him as he believes he is very mature and equipped well to have all hands on deck when it comes to building a business. 

As somebody who understands the tech world and built a business by being proficient with technology, could you suggest what we should be using and leveraging to grow our generation?

Everyone is given the same tool, Michael says. The most important thing is to investigate and find patterns of what is successful. Learn who your target audience is and who you want to market to. With platforms such as Wix, WordPress and Squarespace, it is a matter of educating yourself. However, you should always take a step back and think about what you are chasing and what you are trying to ideally work towards.  

Trying to find your lane and what you are passionate in can sometimes be tricky. However, you were able to do so with Asian Heritage Ay You. What made you want to go into that and take on that role within the cultural sphere? 

It all started when Michael worked as a music provider for a conference in the US about Asian Heritage there. Michael was then approached by a colleague who suggested that he try and advocate for Asian Heritage in Australia. Being a little apprehensive at first, Michael had to think back to his life as being an Asian born in the West. Coming from an Asian background, he had to overcome stereotypes and his family’s expectations and do this for him. He wanted there to be a platform where people of Asian backgrounds could explore themselves in creative jobs, one’s that maybe did not have the support of their families.  

Ways we earn money has changed so much over the years with the introduction of cryptocurrencies, ect. How does the music artist stock market work? 

A stock market is a portal where people online can present their money, invest that money into different companies and hope that the company is successful so that the share price can go up and you make money back. The music stock market is essentially the same thing, but instead of companies, you have artists that people can invest into. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Look into what you are interested in and figure out if that is something you want to be in. 

Instead of analysis paralysis, keep doing things until something says no.

– Michael Huskii