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RK-TCS at York University Campus!

People who know me, know that I will never miss an opportunity to connect with students to share my career experiences in the hope that it will make a difference to even one student’s personal career journey. Even during the periods when I travelled extensively, I found ways to connect with local schools seeking out business classes that would benefit from hearing from someone working in the industry.

It was with great pleasure and excitement that I accepted the invitation from Dr. Younes Benslimane to be a guest lecturer on November 22, 2018 to address his Business Process Management Systems class at the York University Keele Campus. These students were actually learning about the methods, tools and techniques I have used on so many of my client engagements, so the topic could not have been more relevant and aligned to my career experiences.

What made this experience extra special for me, was that this was the first time that I was doing so under the banner of RK-TCS. The whole RK-TCS Management Team contributed to the preparation for this presentation. Andrew made sure we had giveaways and prizes available and Anne developed key questions for the students, so the session would be interactive, fun and engaging.

It was thrilling to spend time with the class – the students were curious, asked excellent questions and actively participated. I had a total blast and came away feeling great – and I knew for sure it was a success when I received the standing invitation from Dr. Benslimane to come visit his class again in future semesters. For sure, I look forward to visiting York University again soon!

By Rekha Kulshreshtha, President & Managing Partner, RK-TCS

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Living and Learning in Your Career

As time goes on, we live and learn in our life and in our career. Crazy thing is, we spend more time at the office than at home or with family and friends. So you would say that there is more self-discovery and personal learning done at work than any where else. And if you’re lucky you will learn and grow as a person in a forward-facing company that invests in your future and personal development. I hope my blog helps you clarify what you need in your career for personal growth and business education that you don’t get in school.

Throughout my career I have performed different types of roles in small and large companies. I also moved around in different Industries like retail, banking, distribution, and consumer goods. Even though they are different Industries, they all require process for the operations to run smoothly. That’s when I realized that Business Operations was my passion. I like Operations because you have your hands in each department and you get to see the business run like a well-oiled machine that is ready to take on anything. It has required me to think on my feet and motivates me to always improve how things are done.

In my career I have tried my best to choose companies that I can learn and benefit from, but also be a contributing and profitable employee in return. I also look for a bit of a challenge in the company to help foster my personal career growth and to make me a well-rounded leader in the field. So, when I received the opportunity to work with RK-TCS the decision for me was simple. One of the great things about RK-TCS is that I am part of an amazing management team which supports each other in making precise decisions. With this team by my side, I feel like  I can achieve anything that I set my mind to, and their support helps me get there. This is important to me as I am still early in my career and want to obtain personal growth that tends to lack in many companies now a days. I can truly say that by growing this business it has helped me think outside the box and really pushes me to hit my goals with the team. During the growth of this business I have become more confident with business decisions and the processes that comes along with it. For me, I have learned so much recently compared to past work experience. Working with RK-TCS has given me business education that you can’t get anywhere else.

I look forward to growing the business and helping clients to the best of my abilities. This step will help foster my career and strengthen me as an Industry leader. My advice to you is do what you feel you need for yourself to help you get to the next level of growth whether it be personal or professional. Take the time to think about and create an action plan because there is no better time than the present.

Overall, living and learning is a beautiful gift that we all can obtain throughout life and career. Learning will bring you great personal development and self-awareness that will only benefit you in life and your career development. As well, your growth as a person and the education you receive will prepare you for any obstacle that comes your way. Keep yourself asking– what are you living and learning that will take you to the next level in your career?

By: Andrew Reed, Business Operations Manager, RK-TCS

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Am I lost? Where am I right now?

Ever wondered why you are here? What role do you play in the grand scheme of things? These are the thoughts that linger on my mind at 2:00 am as I examine where I am in my life and where I want to be while munching on my chocolate bar.

I’m now 30 years old, a mom, a wife among other things. The older generation will say, “you’re still young” and the younger generation will say “gosh you are getting old”. Both statements are true, but the reality for me is – I am at the right age with the right opportunities.

I started working at the age of 15 as a telemarketer – this is where I got my persuasive communication skills. After that, I became a student assistant at the dean’s office while studying nursing – this is where I got my customer service skills. I graduated at the age of 19, filled with determination and self-doubt. Worried that I may not pass the licensure exam, I took the first opportunity available, a customer service job for a US insurance company. That’s where I got my interest with the global business and what is out there for me. Eventually, I learned that I did pass the licensure exam for nurses. I then worked in the hospital for a few years, where I got my patience and process-oriented thinking. Fast forward several years, several heart aches and several roles – I landed a job in a well-known IT company where I got my project management skills. This is where I met a person who became my mentor. She taught me that a plan without a process will work but will not be replicable. I never forgot that, and I have used the same principle in all other positions I worked with. That was 4 years ago and several pounds before where I am right now.

So, where am I, really? I am at an imperfect state in my life and I love every bit of it. I work odd hours unlike when I had the perfect time boxed job. I am earning based on how much effort I am willing to exert and not how it’s defined by HR. I do not have a career that goes up in a corporate ladder, I have a profession based on the qualities I’ve unlocked in every chapter of my story. I work with the best people in the industry who are willing to invest their time to impart their legacy with me. I have the most unusual calling, and that is to support people. Fortunately, I was given the chance to pay it forward and make a difference to other people’s lives. Sharing opportunities that no company will grant them based on the ‘standards’ of our society. Among all these great things, the most important piece of the puzzle is time that I am able to spend with my family while I follow my exciting journey. I am where I want to be at this point in my life.

How did I ever get here? I defined what success is to me and followed the path of opportunities and failures that led me to the Anne that I am right now. How about you? How did you ever get to where you are today?

 

By Anne Katherine Bangayan, Executive Assistant, RK-TCS

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Introducing the RK-TCS Website and Blog!

It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce the RK-TCS Website and Blog to the world today! Since our launch 2 years ago, we have been slowly but steadily developing different components of our business while supporting clients. We plan to use the website to share information about our services and the blog to communicate regularly with all of you about activities and developments that we are excited about and feel you will find interesting.

Our journey to this day started with Andrew Reed introducing us to Daniel Miranda Moreno of MWKS Creative (www.mworkdesign.com) over 2 years ago. We engaged Daniel to create our logo and branded document and presentation templates as our initial engagement. We knew Daniel understood who we are and what we do for our clients when we saw the company logo he created for us – the imagery of two hands collaborating and providing support and strength. We aspire to strengthen our clients’ ability to succeed through providing collaborative support through our consulting services. We knew then, that when we were ready, Daniel’s company would be building our website.

Fast forward a couple of years, a series of successful client engagements, a formalized management team, and a clearly defined vision of who we are and what we want to do, and it was time to call upon Daniel and his team to get started on the website.

It’s been a really exciting project – seeing our vision materialize into something that we feel is truly ours. We have spent countless hours selecting graphics, icons and word-smithing the content until we were all happy it represents the messages we want to convey.

Many, many thanks to Anne Katherine Bangayan who led the charge in getting us organized, putting together a project plan and working with Daniel and his team to keep us on track to launch this website. And of course, hats off to Daniel and his team for putting up with all our questions, feedback and revisions as we went through the process of developing content for the website. On behalf of the RK-TCS Management Team, I know we are thrilled and really proud of how it has turned out. We look forward to receiving feedback from our clients and consultants.

Visit us regularly at this website and watch for new blog posts – we have a plan to publish blogs regularly, authored by our management team members as well as some of our consultants.

 

By Rekha Kulshreshtha, President & Managing Partner, RK-TCS

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