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I was 23 when I faced a heartbreaking quarter-life crisis!

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

I wanted to change the direction of my career to something more meaningful!

Even though I had a brilliant career working for corporate strategy, a part of me used to wonder what would it be like to change someone's life because of my work.

And that's when I hit the biggest lottery in my life.

I received an email from my alma matter, St. Stephen's College about an opening in the Government of India for a policy role. I applied, cleared all 3 policy case interviews, and got my offer.

I still remember the emotion when I received the offer. In that role, I got to work with Ministers, senior-most IAS Officers, and the former Chairman of Mckinsey. During that role, I surrounded myself with a few of the best accomplished & diverse professionals and got to push my boundaries.

But did I do anything extra ordinary to land that role?

The honest answer is No.

Just because your school doesn't tie up with relevant employers, doesn't mean your dreams need to wait.

When we don't know people who have done something big, we think it is hard. But once we #learn, see and #connect with them, it suddenly seems easy.

Excited to spend my 30s shattering glass ceilings of the age-old school method. Very excited to democratize employment and learn in policy and impact consulting with my work and craft.

For the most part, what we accomplish in life depends on what we truly believe in. I truly believe that schools should not become the sole enabler in defining our success just because at the tender age of 18 you didn't have the right guidance.

I have hit multiple lotteries in life and I genuinely want to share them with as many of you as possible!

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Author- Shatakshi Sharma, Cofounder Global Governance Initiative, Ex- BCG, Advisor, Tony Blair Institute

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