Working in HR takes “a tremendous willingness to learn and take on new challenges,” says Indira Sovakar, senior vice president of HR in the Delhi, India, office of Genpact, a global professional services and IT firm.
She should know.
Sovakar, who grew up in a family of high-achievers in Kolkata (formerly
Calcutta), India, took a circuitous route to her career in human resources—
one where taking risks and being curious helped her succeed. After earning
a bachelor’s degree in hotel management and a master’s degree in English lit-
erature, Sovakar worked in the hospitality industry before being drawn into
HR “by accident.”
Interview by Aliah D. Wright
After working in the hotel industry, the senior vice president of
HR at Genpact moved into HR and never looked back.