1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Geetika Agarwal and I am the co-founder of Curry&ChilliPadi, a coaching company that aims to help women and executives alike. Why I classify women separately is because I strongly believe when women support women they thrive to the best of their ability. I have also been through the mid-life crisis that hits most executives as they struggle through the transition of managing life, work, family and everything that comes in between as they grow through the different roles they are playing. I am a proud engineer and a certified coach who transitioned to learning and development 10 years ago as I believe coaching is the way forward for everyone. Coaching is an experience which helps achieve a breakthrough to grow, be unstuck and explore potential to the maximum + 1. I would be happy to connect via my Instagram or my Facebook.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
I started working for Atos Origin an I.T services organisation through my college job fair; which is also how I got introduced to the world of personal development. In India, organizations mass recruit fresh graduates from diverse disciplines such as electronics, computer science, information technology etc. These graduates are then batched together for company induction. Our organization had hired freelance trainers for personal development and when I saw them do what they did I was left starry-eyed and that is the time I decided that one day I would like to get into personal development too.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
My journey has been that of self–discovery because of my strong desire to help people achieve their sense of goal while discovering their selves and at the same time be empathetic to the needs of others. While working in the IT services I would often think of why my writing a computer code will not really change the world. In addition, it didn’t help me feel a sense of achievement. I quit my job and moved cities to be closer to my family. This is when a relative recommended I try my hand at admissions coaching. I decided to give it a shot and to my surprise, I not only liked it but I also excelled in it. I have come a long way since then which was 10 years ago and through the years I have developed and implemented various coaching programmes for clients in the areas of personal development and personal branding.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The advice that I learnt over the years is to be patient and keep working on yourself while waiting for the right moment. It is easy to feel envious of others success. However, if you haven’t attained success it is because you are not yet ready. Your time will come.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally I see myself expanding my team to be able to reach as many women, corporates and young graduates gain clarity, develop their own brands and reach their vision and goals. Personally I hope to add on to my family so that we could travel together as a young family and show my children the beautiful place that I was born in; Eldoret, Kenya.
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