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June - 2006 - issue > Women in IT

Dial “C” for Personality

Keerthana Venkatesh
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Keerthana Venkatesh

Soaring towards the skies, Chhavi Kishore, of Broadcom is amongst the young individuals to have filed 12 patents, one to her sole merit and rest with her team. Her success formula? “Broadcom’s India center was just born and I glimpsed opportunities for growth in a new startup.” As a fresher, an established firm would have her maintaining someone else’s work rather than accelerating her career.

Having done MTech. in Microelectronics from BITS, Pilani, Kishore found Broadcom to have the right mix of creativity and opportunity to launch her career. Her experience has helped her travel a long way from being a Design Engineer to an individual contributor to the VLSI division of Broadcom. “There is always something new to learn and update one’s technological skills,” says Kishore, whose passion remains Analog Designing, yet she risked moving into Digital Design and is excited about the prospects she’s earned from it. “A fresher has umpteen opportunities to dirty their hands experimenting,” is her optimistic saga.

She quips in, “Money may be a dominant criterion for younger people in the industry, but priorities slowly shift to technological and corporate progress”. Check-ing projects on hand before joining a company helped Chhavi quit the company she joined from campus soon after induction. She thinks that before a person begins a new task it’s good to explore all avenues before quitting.

“To progress, making your preferences clear to the seniors helps to climb the career-ladder.” Kishore realized her passion towards design and algorithm exploration early in her career and took the bold step to speak to her seniors about her interests. “Doing something with disinterest would neither benefit the individual nor the organization.”

She believes persuasion is the only way to achieve goals. Her personal experience tells her that bagging a project of choice is not possible always, but a small association with it is an achievement in itself. Aiming to emulate her role model, Charles (Chuk) Monahan, Architect with Broadcom U.S., Kishore is bracing herself to become an Architect.

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