#BeAnAwesome: Gender and Diversity Consultant

Find out more about what it takes to be a Gender and Diversity Consultant as Neekita Patel gives you the insight!
Neekita Patel
Gender and Diversity Consultant at CnetG Asia

What will I do?

Develop consultancy facilitates for businesses that aim to increase gender representation at mid-management level. 

Is it for me?

Gauge your personality, and what is important to you. I am someone who needs the validation that the work I am doing is important in the grander scheme of things, and that it is making a difference in someone’s life. Improving social affairs is my motivation.  Your guiding question can be, ‘Do I find this work to be important, and why?’ 

Also ask yourself, in terms of professional growth what are you looking for? Do you want to be a leader or a follower? There are some companies where your supervisors or bosses will allow you to be their partner, and some where the culture calls for doing what you are told. There is a lot to learn through both but it is something you should consider, as the impact it can have on your work, motivation level, and personal well-being is monumental. Different companies have different cultures for many valid reasons, and it is good to find out as much as possible about the working style of the company and potential manager. 

What is the most enjoyable part of the job?

I currently am working on a new business initiative of the company, and the most exciting and stimulating part is doing extensive work to figure out which direction the company should head in to meet their goals. I don’t have a business background, and am someone who naturally focuses on the actual work (which is creating a product here ie consultancy) and often need to be reminded that in addition to an effective product, I must create something that can be sold. This is something that most definitely places me outside of my comfort zone since I don’t consider myself to have the acumen of a salesperson.

Who will employ me?

Almost any company in any industry – they all have HR and CSR teams where you can play a key role. Representation and diversity is a universal hot topic at the moment and there are an enormous number of opportunities to work on them. However, do keep in mind that if you would like to work on these matters in the corporate sector in times of recession or economic crises, the risk of losing your job is higher, reason being it is not always on top of the company’s priority list. 

How much will I earn?

RM 2,800 – RM 3,500

Specialisations

Any bachelor’s degree will do.

A word of advice

Explore yourself and continuously step outside your comfort zone – that is when you will best learn more about yourself which will enable you to make better and well-informed decisions in any aspect of your life.