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Up, close and personal with Chandrika Venugopal Rao!

Chandrika

What do you love most about your current job?

In my present role, I have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with people from across the globe, brainstorm innovative ideas and make impactful decisions for the team, and for Accenture at large. I strongly believe such collaborations lead to high-impact innovations.

Some people believe that Infrastructure can be a tough career choice for a woman. What’s your take on it?

Infrastructure Consulting is a client-facing role which involves a lot of travel and more often than not you end up being the only woman in a team. While it is challenging, I have never let it hold me back. I am also blessed with a strong support system, my family and colleagues, who have always believed in me and encouraged me to take on challenging roles.

As a woman employee, what are the benefits you think you have at Accenture?

Accenture has always been dedicated to the growth and development of its women employees. Parenting workshops, coaching sessions, Vahini-A network to empower women, Returning Mothers program, flexible hours and more— Accenture has several programs in place that empower its women employees and help them define their personal approaches to success.

How does Accenture groom you into becoming a leader?

Accenture has several dedicated programs including mentoring and coaching programs that helped me realize my true potential and supported me in moving to the next level in my career. Throughout my Accenture journey, my sponsors and team leads have believed in me and provided challenging opportunities for me to shine.

In terms of upskilling, how do you think Accenture is placed to meet future industry demands?

Accenture has several tailored training programs that ensure employees are constantly up-to-date with the latest in technology. We have the opportunity to develop capabilities through on-the-job work experience, formalized classroom-based training, self-initiated study and interaction with specialists to accelerate our growth.

Would you say from your own experience, that you’ve seen improvements in diversity over the years?

I believe, companies are becoming more aware of the benefits of having a diverse workforce. They are investing in several women-friendly policies, be it maternity leaves, flexible working hours or sabbaticals to ensure they don’t lose out on any of their talented women workforce.

How do achieve a work-life balance?

Work-life balance is something that is definitely achievable. However, it is important to set clear expectations, starting first with yourself. Work-life balance means different things to different people. For some, it might just be reaching home on time and for others, it could be not working on weekends. For me, work-life balance is being able to spend ample time playing with my kids, Ankitha and Aniruddha. Accenture gives me the flexibility to manage my work and personal life equally well!

Your mantra for a successful life?

Learn to unlearn – your ability to be agile in letting go of the old rules and learning new ones can help you succeed, both in your personal and professional life.

  • A gadget you can’t live without – Mobile

  • How do you recharge? – My Son and dance

  • A book on your nightstand? You can Heal your Life by Louise Hay

  • An advice that sticks with you? - Learn to unlearn, only then you can face new challenges

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