Srigarunya Baskaran

Communications Intern
SydneyAustralia

What made your career trajectory probable?

Immigrant parents. The idea of building your entire life from scratch in your 20s terrifies me, and yet it’s exactly what they were able to accomplish. Their efforts are what makes my career choices possible. It’s been the biggest driver behind my ambition- leading me to pursue studies in Law/Communications. I don’t want to take any opportunity I get for granted because I know it took a lot of sacrifice on their part.

Is culture important?

I’ve always thought that genuinely loving your work was a far-fetched fantasy- it’s a privilege to work somewhere you’re passionate about. However, seeing companies that foster a culture of shared values and beliefs completely changed my mind. When I worked at trace, a startup helping people offset their carbon emissions, I learned how exciting it is to create work that is valued and making a difference. A workplace should be a place of passion, growth and opportunity and that’s really only achieved through a positive workplace culture.

What was the greatest lesson an early job taught you?

Nothing humbled teenage me faster than my first job- retail. Working retail is often looked down upon as menial, but it taught me so many valuable skills which I use today such as communication and problem-solving. Not many jobs force you to think quickly on your feet when a customer is adamant you bring them an item that isn’t in stock (this has happened way too many times). It also taught me empathy- something I brought with me when interning for Economic Justice Australia. Economic hardships can hit anyone and everyone. I reckon if everyone were forced to work a retail job at some point in their life- the world would be a much nicer place.

Why did you want to join the SP team?

When the Square Peg team say they empower exceptional founders, they aren’t lying. The diversity of the founders and their startups made me realise Square Peg was exactly the kind of company I wanted to be a part of. It’s not an easy task to build a business from scratch, but that is the daunting reality most founders face when launching their startups. Square Peg’s commitment to making their founder’s mission achievable made me want to be a part of their journey.

What tech do you avoid in your personal life?

Wireless Earphones. Love the idea but I always forget to charge them!
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