Shaunak Ramaiya

Shaunak Ramaiya

Honours BCom
Learning Consultant

Current Role

Learning Consultant

I support Learning & Development at the Leadership level through design and delivery of nominated leadership programs for aspiring managers, aspiring directors, and executive coaching. In addition, I lead initiatives related to 360 Assessments for Leaders, Talent Mobility, and Diversity and Inclusion.

What factors led you to enter your current field of work?

My interest in Learning/Leadership Development was sparked by my experiences as a student and sports fan which exposed me to learning styles, leadership, and coaching. As a HR Professional, I was particularly interested in how organizations develop talent and the tools provided to accelerate the careers of high potential employees.

What does success mean to you?

My idea of success is doing work that's impactful and allows you to live a happy and healthy life!

If you weren’t in your current professional role, what would you be doing?

I enjoy connecting with people so I would probably be working in Training & Development or Sales preferably in the Travel or Sports industry.

How do you build and maintain your professional network, and how has this benefited your career?

I build my network through networking platforms like YorkU's T.A.S.T.E &Ten Thousand coffee, attending events, leveraging the network of my network, and cold outreach on LinkedIn/Email. I maintain my network by scheduling touchpoints with professionals I've connected with which has benefited my career by constantly being on their radar for future opportunities. A networking tactic I've found very effective is ending conversations with "Who else would you suggest connecting with?" allowing me to constantly expand my network.

What are the strategies you use to remain resilient during challenging situations?

Thinking rationally instead of emotionally, embracing challenges as a way to nurture self-growth, and learning from people's experiences are ways I remain resilient during challenging situations. Once you have an inventory of what is within your control, ask for help if you need it. Asking for help is a sign of strength (not weakness). Collaboration with others is key as nobody has ever succeeded from a challenging situation alone.