In The Spotlight
What career advice would you give your younger self?
My dear young Ritika, you are the creative force of your life; hence believe in yourself and your decisions. "Smiling wins more friends than frowning’’- key to the success in life. Being rich is not having money but having enough time to do what you love. A little more experienced Ritika Pawar.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Staying home from past few months I realised I can go on any holiday if possible. However, Isle of Skye is what I am missing the most especially camping in the woods.
What do you think are the benefits of being a member of SPE?
Networking, enhancing technical knowledge and volunteering opportunities. Moreover you can boast about it on your CV and during interviews. Having SPE membership is like an investment for your next big job.
Best Achievement so far?
My best efforts have always been recognised by SPE for the contribution to the Aberdeen section. Receiving one of the prestigious SPE awards – ‘’Regional Service Award for Aberdeen’’ for outstanding contribution at the regional level in 2019. 2017 Section Service Award received for leadership and sustained work. 2015 Young Professional Award for outstanding contribution to the development and success of the Aberdeen Section by a Young Professional. These awards keep me motivated and inspire me to achieve even greater heights within SPE and other segments of my life.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Almost all successful people inspire me, in fact I get inspired everyday as there is something to learn from everyone. Every single day is a school day. However I believe that our early years of life are the foundation for the character that define us and hence my greatest influence are my parents.
What would your autobiography be called?
"Spirit of the butterfly“- Ability to transform with grace and finding joy in life.
What is the best way to motivate others?
I get motivated by reading people’s success stories. Hence I believe the best way to motivate others is to ‘’tell a story’’- it doesn’t tell others what to do but engages people’s imagination and emotions. It shows people what they’re capable of becoming or of doing.
Your favourite stress-buster?
‘’Dance’’ (Dance the stress out); a cup of green tea and a sweet indulgence works wonders for me.
What’s your dream job?
I dream of being at a position where I can motivate others. The culture and the people you’ll work with is what really matters and hence a positive environment and team members would be bliss.
What are you reading, listening to or glued to on TV?
TV series: Down to Earth on Netflix; this series focuses on finding healthy and sustainable ways to live. They are sharing the best practices and efficient ways on how some countries use their resources. Reading: I am reading ‘’Seven Days’’ by Alex Lake; it’s entertaining and a gripping story with twists and emotions.