Your career doesn’t have to follow a traditional path. In today’s episode, Alan is joined by Nirupa Umapathy who was very successful in corporate life for 14 years. Now, she subscribes to a different work model but continues to invest. She is her own boss and is working for equitable social change by founding Salons For Life. Nirupa recalls her journey, enforces the value of networking, and explains what recruiters are looking for. Tune in as she shares financial and career advice to increase your career happiness.
In This Episode:
[06:43] Nirupa shares her experience of being a woman on the predominantly male trading floor
[16:32] “Your network is your asset” Nirupa dives into networking: her definition, examples, and stories of networking
[24:01] What is SEO?
[35:40] Nirupa explains recruiting and offers some tips
[51:09] The importance of investing in yourself
[01:03:04] Nirupa shares financial and career advice
Networking is really relationship-building. It should be authentic. You should reach out and update. Those relationships are the most important.
You need to know when to cut your losses and move on. That self-awareness will help you be more content.
It is okay to move beyond the mold of tradition. You can have more than one career path in life. Your path does not have to look like others’ paths.
Nirupa Umapathy is a writer, investor, and social entrepreneur, who pivoted from a traditional corporate career in financial services to pursue a life-work framework, motivated by mission and equitable social change. Nirupa is a co-founder of a creative learning community called Salons for Life, which designs creative playdates for adults with competing claims on time and headspace. Nirupa writes non-fiction with a focus on exploring trauma, burnout, and post-traumatic growth, especially corporate burnout. Nirupa deploys her financial services background in her private investments, where she is actively leaning into an ESG-based framework. Nirupa was last a Managing Director at Whitebox Advisors and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she covered institutional investors for fixed income and structured products. As a first-hand witness to the 2008 financial crisis, Nirupa believes that a life-work framework informed by governance and values-driven decision-making is critical and that outcomes must be designed for multiple stakeholders. A forever free spirit, Nirupa funds her joy through travel, community building, and the creative and healing arts.