NAME: Amrita Dasgupta
EDUCATION: Masters in Biochemistry at University of Oxford
JOB TITLE: Management Consultant at Deloitte
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Loyal, Determined, Whimsical
What’s your story?
As a third culture kid, this question is such a relief compared to the generic questions “Where are you from?” followed by “No, where are you really from?”. Born in India and bred in Singapore, I pursued my undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford which culminated in me obtaining a Masters in Biochemistry. I’m currently back home in Singapore where I’m working as a Management Consultant at Deloitte.
What influenced your decision to go into consulting?
Consulting offered me the opportunity to explore a myriad of different fields early in my career and provided invaluable breadth and depth of experiences. It was an especially attractive career choice as I did not want to commit to a particular career trajectory, at this early in my professional career. Due to the wide variety of people and projects, consulting also provides a dynamic work environment, which was essential to me.
What does your job entail on a day to day basis?
The reality of consulting can be a lot more sober than what people expect; making slides, conducting research and making spreadsheet models. However, when you get to see the impact your work has made, it makes the day-to-day work completely worth it.
What do you like most about what you do?
I always feel privileged to work alongside passionate individuals who love what they do as it provides a motivational and educational atmosphere to work in. Also, corporate stationery.
What was your ever first work experience?
I worked at a zebrafish lab during the summer of 2011. It was supposed to be the requisite internship every high-school student does just before applying for university to demonstrate “passion” in all their essays but, it really kindled my passion for science and made me realise it was what I wanted to do for my undergraduate degree.
What are you passionate about?
I love music, I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5. I have a penchant for close-up magic but I’m really not very good.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Considering it’s a Saturday today, probably lazing around at home reading a novel. Hopefully with an MBA certificate (with my name on it!) on the wall or in a drawer somewhere.
What’s your proudest moment?
Probably when I got my acceptance letter from Oxford, it validated all the hard work I had put in throughout high-school. While I realise that looking for validation from outside sources is not the best way to live life, you can’t deny that it really does boost your ego.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Show up to everything (reasonably) early so you are perceived to be organised because while perception may not be everything, it’s at least 25%.
What message/tips would you like to give to young women with similar aspirations?
There is literally no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving your goals.
We first met Amrita through The Class of Spectra Project. She was close to graduating and shared her thoughts about graduation, what it meant for her and what memories she had from her Oxford days. She’s truly an amazing person. If you want to find out more about her career and say hi, please do let us know.
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