Women in STEM: Spotlight on Akansha Kapoor

Women in STEM - Akansha Kapoor
Akansha believes that if we have a more diverse workforce, we can create better outcomes for everyone. Image via PwC

Be inspired by the study and career path of Akansha Kapoor, who works in experience-led digital transformation at PwC and was the Chief Operating Officer of Robogals Global!

Here at Careers with STEM, we’re all about celebrating women in STEM who are kicking goals, smashing stereotypes and creating change not only in their industry, but in the world.

Akansha Kapoor is a shining example of a woman in STEM achieving incredible things. After studying a Bachelor of Business Information Systems at Monash University, Akansha went on to become a Manager in Consulting at top professional services firm, PwC. Throughout her years at PwC she was also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for global not-for-profit, Robogals, an organisation which has taught robotics to over 100,000 children to date.

In the video below, she answers questions about her STEM journey and how studying a Bachelor of Business Information Systems at Monash has provided her with the tools to make a difference through her work.

Studying IT at Monash

Akansha loved studying IT at Monash for two reasons. The first? It helped her find an internship that led to paid opportunities. She completed a six-month Industry-Based Learning (IBL) placement at PwC, during which she was offered a job before she even finished her degree!

And the second? The supportive culture and community, with lecturers and tutors taking a real interest in her progress and development throughout her time there.

Working in tech

As a Manager in Consulting for PwC, Akansha helps companies solve important business problems from an experience-led approach using technology, and believes her Monash degree has helped her to be able to do that.

Through her work, she’s been able to bring significant change to the way her clients offer services to their customers. Ranging from members of the public relying the Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria through to sole-traders such as uber drivers accessing accounting support from PwC.

A consultant career path is awesome for anyone who likes variety, with Akansha revealing that no two days are the same and her work varies depending on what project she’s working on.

Role at Robogals Global

A huge supporter of diversity in STEM, Akansha played a big role at Robogals Global, which is all about inspiring and empowering young women to explore and make a career out of engineering and technology. It does this through free, volunteer-run workshops all over the world.

“If we have a more diverse workforce, we can create better outcomes for everyone,” she says.

Having been COO of Robogals for two years, Akansha used her business and IT skills to oversee the operations, technology and marketing teams, while making sure all processes are running smoothly.

Advice for anyone considering a career in tech

Interested in tech but wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make it in this area STEM? Akansha believes that if you…

  • Have a passion for technology
  • Are interested in shaping what the world could look like in five years
  • Care about the people you work with and the people you’re solving problems for

…then a career in technology is the perfect fit for you!

This article was produced in partnership with Monash University Faculty of IT. Find out more here.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.

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