EP #97: Shanghavy Karunakaran – Growing Up In A Women’s Shelter To Becoming A Successful Tech Professional & Career Consultant

Shanghavy Karunakaran (@saangavii) is a Senior Consultant at IBM and Career Coach.

She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss living in a women’s shelter and visiting food banks, growing up introverted and learning to be extroverted, the value of networking in landing her current job today, reviewing resumes as a side hustle to help others grow in their careers, and SO much more.

Follow Shanghavy:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/saangavii/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Shanghavy Karunakaran
01:44 – Shanghavy speaks on the impact of her early upbringing
05:28 – Being grateful for the trials she endured during her childhood
06:54 – Changing environments helped her adapt quickly but made her timid
09:00 – What she’s learned from her experience at IBM thus far
11:32 – What consulting is, what it has taught her, and navigating judgement
15:29 – Her life-changing experience at Ryerson; a slow progression
18:04 – Viewing life as a “science experiment” and the company she keeps
22:08 – Her side hustle; helping job seekers take the next step in their career
26:18 – Would she turn her side hustle into a full-time gig?
27:56 – How people have found out about Shanghavy’s side hustle
28:36 – How Shanghavy builds her network/relationships
32:08 – How to find a mentor
35:51 – Her biggest learning lesson in the last few years
37:36 – Feeling connected to and proud to her Tamil identity; how she defines it
39:18 – Advice she would give her 16-year-old self; journaling
41:54 – The personal legacy she wants to leave behind and be remembered for
42:31 – Creator Confessions
47:16 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan