Name: Abhijeet Mehrotra

Position: Sr Director Technology Services – EMEA
Company: Coca-Cola

My professional journey has been quite diverse. I have charted a career path that has spanned across several industries – from Technology to Investment Banking, then onto Travel, and finally, to the world’s largest beverage company.

This journey wasn’t linear, but rather a deliberate exploration of various fields that honed my skills and expanded my perspective. Each of these transitions was a step out of my comfort zone, and my safety net, propelling me into unfamiliar situations that tested my abilities and my resolve.

Starting in the tech industry was an exciting introduction to the fast-paced, constantly evolving world of digital innovation. The experience was influential in shaping my adaptability and creativity, attributes that would prove essential as I continued my career.

Then came investment banking, a more traditional industry far removed from the tech world. Navigating this transition was challenging. Immersing myself in the world of finance tech, I learned to build connections, evaluate risks, and make decisions that had far-reaching consequences.

The travel industry was the next step in my journey. It was an abrupt change — a crackling leap into the unknown. By embracing the potential unpredictability, and the unique challenges it presented, I learned the value of resilience, persistence, and empathy, whilst developing leadership skills that brought cohesive teamwork into disparate working environments.

Finally, working with the world’s largest beverage company was the culmination of lessons learned along the way. Applying those in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, I understood the importance of a strong consumer focus and honed my strategic planning skills.

These experiences, diverse and challenging, were not merely career shifts but milestones in my path of continuous learning. The journey has shaped me, not just as a professional, but as an individual.

Let this serve as a testament to the importance of stepping outside of comfort zones. It is through experience that we learn and grow, and through diversity that we learn to see the world from different perspectives. There is immense value to be found in the unfamiliar, and my hope is that you too feel inspired to embrace the opportunities of the unknown.

Stay bold, stay curious, and never stop learning.

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