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Nidhi Jain, Director – India Corporate HR Leader, EY

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. If you have the right attitude combined with competence and gratitude, you will make it happen. So my advice would be to not hold yourself back and carve out your journey your way.

Nidhi has over 18 years of experience in diverse areas of Human Resources across sectors. She is the Corporate Human Resources Head at EY and works with the India leadership team to define and deploy EY’s people strategy across the organisation.

With proven expertise in areas of organisation development, diversity and inclusion, managing talent, performance and change, rewards, employer branding and employee experience, she has also been the India lead on Global and Area integration agenda.

Nidhi is extremely passionate about Diversity & Inclusion, having spearheaded the launch and institutionalisation of EY’s decade long D&I journey and taking it to the next level.

She was selected as one of the ‘Top 25 Young HR leaders of India’ by the first ever People Matters and the ‘Are you In the List’ awards was one of her most coveted professional achievements. She was selected amongst the ‘Most Influential HR leaders in India’ by World HRD Congress 2017 and received the ‘Women Leadership Achievement Award’ by World HRD Congress 2016.

 

Top tips

  • Create your own unique differentiating Personal Brand. A brand, which will help you find your purpose and stand out from the crowd. Be true to yourself, it is fundamental to be aware of your ‘exclusivity’ and what do you want to be known for.

  • Stay relevant, the world is moving at a very fast pace; future may not be wholly predictable, but by assessing the current challenges, looking at the emerging trends, upskilling and translating our learnings into action we can prepare ourselves better to be future ready.

  • Leverage digital.  Social media is an important platform which gives a wider reach, helps you connect with people and allows you to enhance your personal brand. It is critical that you are continually crafting and curating your digital presence and most importantly, remain active and keep it real

  • Minimum is maximum. It may not be possible for you to know everything and that’s fine. At times, all it takes is to ask the right questions at the right time to command the room and influence others.  

  • Network strategically. We draw inspiration and encouragement from our networks and therefore it is important to choose and grow your networks wisely. Maintaining your professional network is every bit as important as building it up. Also, it’s important to learn from the successes and missteps of your networks.

 

the most valuable piece of advice SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. If you have the right attitude combined with competence and gratitude, you will make it happen. So my advice would be to not hold yourself back and carve out your journey your way.
 

Your key piece advice to someone looking to progress

While success and failure are important, it is the journey that matters the most. The experiences we have in our journey and the learnings we derive from these define us.