The Career Mentor

Your Trusted Sounding Board

Career & Leadership Mentor

 

Hello there! My name is Namrata (Nam), and thank you for visiting my website. 

My career journey started in 2008 as a software engineer in Bangalore (India) at a global consulting firm. Life took an interesting turn when I won the British Council Scholarship in the year 2011 and took a plane to Manchester (UK) to pursue my MBA degree. That one year at Manchester Business School was the most fruitful year of my life. I love academia and would go back to Uni in a heartbeat, if I had the choice :)

Life after Manchester turned out to be even more exciting as I started my Product Management career in London in 2013. Armed with an engineering degree and a business degree, I found my true calling in the world of Product. In the next few years I rose through the ranks from Business Analyst to Product Manager to Head to Director and now CPO. It has been a hectic ride, but extremely enjoyable. Along the way I changed jobs several times and got to experience several industries - IT, FMCG, Telecom, Media Production, Healthcare, Beauty, and Broadcast. It's a long list and brought along with it several opportunities and learnings. I have been fortunate enough to work with large multinationals, mid-sized firms, and innovative startups within my fast-paced career of 14+ years. 

I am a restless person and have always been this way since childhood. Knowledge and challenges excite me. I love to venture into the unknown and find unconventional ways of doing things. I am a natural problem solver and a leader. Persistent, assertive, bold, yet approachable - that's probably the best way to describe me. 

In 2015 I pursued an Executive Management Programme at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. Going back to 'school' was my dream, and I was thrilled with the golden opportunity. Shortly after that I realised that leadership is utterly useless if there is no 'purpose'. I practice a democratic style of leadership driven by purpose. I love to work on projects that impact society, communities, and young people. It's extremely rewarding. 

I started my portfolio career in 2018 when I accepted my first Non-Executive Director (NED) role at the Middlesex Learning Trust. It's a multi-academy trust in North London. Since then I've taken up NED roles at The Open University (Business School) and a Wellness start-up called WellBe.  

2020 started on a positive note (pre-pandemic) as I got the opportunity to do a Global Leadership Programme at Harvard Business School. It was a residential programme with several executives from across the globe, and the opportunity to learn, discuss, and debate were phenomenal.

My mentoring journey started in 2012 when I started helping/advising new students at Manchester Business School. I loved giving my time to causes that would benefit the students, and realised that I do possess lots of empathy and listening skills. I am a voracious reader - a Malcolm Gladwell fan :) and I use some of that wisdom in my mentoring sessions. 

I mentor organisations too. I am an Advisor at two start-up incubators in London called Antler and Virgin StartUp

I became a mum in 2017. It was an exciting yet daunting experience. My baby is now a cheeky 4-year-old boy! Being a mother has definitely made me more resilient, tenacious, and empathetic. It is no less than doing an MBA all over again...

Motherhood can be quite a solitary experience. During the early days of becoming a mum, I desperately yearned for a support system around me. That's how The Career Mums Club was born. It is now a community of over 1600 career mums in London who juggle their high-powered jobs with their demanding families. Being an immigrant, I don't have any family here, so our friends/community have become our family here :)

I am a huge supporter of Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. To help people from BAME backgrounds (like myself), I started The BAME Leaders Network on LinkedIn to connect the current and future BAME leaders across the globe. I truly believe that unity is strength, and if we want to grow, we must grow together. On a similar note, I started the Women in Product - London group to bring together all the vibrant female product leaders in London. The number of female product talent (across the globe) is still very low, and this little community provides a safe place for female product leaders to learn from each other and grow in their careers. 

If you're still reading this, I'd like to say that The Career Mentor is my little side venture to take my mentoring projects to the next level, give it some structure, and ensure that it remains accessible to all. 

My mentoring sessions are designed like an hour long 'Coffee Break'. I am happy to do it face-to-face or phone or video. I shall not give you any frameworks; only tactical solutions to solve your problems. My focus is on the 'how' of things, rather than the what. 

Rest assured, there'll be no judgements. Only a trusted sounding board :)

Please feel free to reach out for any questions or comments.

And Thank You for reading! 

[P.S: As I am in full-time employment, the sessions would be held in the evenings or weekends only]