A talk with Snigdha Ghatak| Counselor| Founder| CareerWizz
Meet Snigdha Ghatak – a lawyer, Global Career Counsellor, and a therapist by profession. Her journey has been as versatile as her. An individual with a huge passion for her work and a desire to create something of her own which will leave a mark behind.
Tell us a little bit about your start-up and your/or journey, please.
I am a well-groomed Advocate and a seasoned talk therapist. I completed my BBA, LLB from KIIT School of Law, Bhubaneswar, and further practiced Consumer and Civil Law. I am an Advocate registered with the Delhi Bar Council.
Apart from this, I hold a Green Belt Certification in Global Career Counselling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Extension), and Gold Certification from Univariety, Singapore. I have been certified as to their Super Counsellor. My career journey is as versatile as my academia.
I have worked as a Talk Therapist for adults and children who deal with mental or physical trauma. What began as a journey to help friends and family, has now transformed into a passion for me I want to expand my reach and help a larger spectrum of individuals who are dealing with mental and emotional hardships.
Apart from being a counselor, I also have a knack for writing. I pour out my thoughts beautifully in my blog www.thesubconscioustussle.blogspot.com which is my thoughtful reflection on society and its practices.
How did the idea for your business/start-up come about?
Working as a therapist showed me different avenues where people needed guidance and how skeptical they felt about going to a therapist or counselor. I was always keen on helping youngsters with their career choices. As I had seen juniors or other school students struggling with career choices. Some were burdened by peer pressure and some by parental pressure. This is where I wanted to step in and help those in dilemma. I felt I had the convincing power and appropriate knowledge to provide the guidance, Hence, I grabbed the opportunity during this lockdown and took up the course and pursued further knowledge in the field of career counseling, thereafter launched my website www.careerwizz.in.
What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
I always wanted to build something of my own and reach out in my way to millions and that is how probably I set out on my journey from being an Advocate to an entrepreneur. As cliché as it may sound but my drive and zeal to give back to society by using my best skills drove me to build and take up something unconventional.
How did you come up with the name for your business/start-up?
The name ‘careerwizz’ was coined by my husband, being an ardent Harry Potter and wizardry enthusiast, he believed that my skillset had the magic to turn people’s woes into happiness and that is how the name was coined.
What service(s) or product(s) do you offer?
I am an experienced talk therapist. Where I counsel people, who are suffering from mental trauma. I cater to people of all age groups. Secondly, I am a trained career counselor. I give my expert career counseling guidance to students from class 9-12 and also to professionals who are looking for a career or job switch or want to pursue higher education
Why should people choose your product/services?
I was doing great as an Advocate and had my practice. So, one needs to understand I was not coerced into the field of a therapist or career counselor. It was by choice that I preferred to diversify and help those in need. Moreover, my website www.careerwizz.in has the best white label technology from Univariety, Singapore, which is renowned in this field of career counseling. With the help of this technology and the knowledge, I gained from my course at UCLA I believe I can provide the best guidance.
How do you market your business, and which tactics have been most successful?
I mostly use social media and WhatsApp – by far this has been the most successful method.
What are some of the challenges you have dealt with?
As I am an advocate by profession, people judged my decisions. Secondly, I was new to this field and usually, people look out for experienced leaders, despite me possessing the degree and technology. Thirdly Indians are very conventional to the thought of counseling or therapy. Awareness is still not widespread, unlike other countries.
What are your responsibilities as a business owner?
Most important is that I need to be transparent and honest with my client. If the client’s queries can be solved in a single meeting, I don’t believe in engaging the person uselessly.
What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage it?
My greatest fear has always been cheating. I till date shudder to the thought of being duped or cheated. The best was overtime after dealing with so many individuals in different fields. I have realised never to trust anyone but oneself. Only when confidence and self-reliance reflect on your face the world will never dare to cheat you.
What comes first for you, money or emotions?
Obviously, emotions matter over money. Money can be earned but not emotions. After dealing with so many people be it as an advocate or therapist or counselor. I have begun to believe that emotions are precious and we should always count our blessings.
What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs/mental health experts??
Start early it is a blessing if through correct advice and guidance another person’s life can be changed. Mental health is considered taboo still in India. People don’t open and every day when we read about people ending their lives because they had no one to talk too is heartbreaking. We have to break that taboo and the more and more people especially youngsters divulge into this field the more shackle so the society can be broken and it would be easier to reach out to those in need.
Being an entrepreneur is one of the best feelings. It drives in so much confidence and willpower that we start believing that sky is not the limit. There will be obstacles in the beginning but gradually with time you will succeed and there is no better feeling than making or creating something of your own which will leave a mark behind.