Roshni Sharma is GIS Specialist and Soft Skills Enthusiast who works in the spatial industry to harness location intelligence for business insights. She loves dogs and reads copiously. Roshni strives to be a thought leader, a compassionate disruptor, an innovator, a connector and someone who gets things done.
She is Chair of the National Young Professionals and Board Member for the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Chair of Hunter Environmental Institute and one of 80 women selected internationally for Homeward Bound Women in STEMM program in 2020. Roshni is a current student at the University of Newcastle Master of Business Administration program.
Where do you see your industry heading and how have you positioned yourself to benefit from these changes?
I am passionate about location technology and the incredible solutions that it can provide to virtually every other industry on earth. Right now, as an industry we are great at talking to each other about what we do, but not always good at telling other people who we are and what we do. The spatial industry, alongside many other STEMM industries, are all caught up right now thinking about the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) – automation, machine learning, internet of things, etc. The 4IR will change the way we work, fundamentally, over the coming 100 years or so and hence also the skills we value in the workplace, as more ‘human’ skills that can’t be done by machines become more valued. This has the potential for so many efficiencies, and also the opportunity to think about our role as humanity and how we interact with the planet we live on.
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
I think that today, hard work and dedication are very important, but I also think that networking, career goal setting and complementing technical skill development with soft skill development are critical for success.
Where would you like to be in 10 years?
In ten years time, I really hope that I will have been able to empower hundreds if not thousands of individuals across Australia (and maybe even the world!) to think about this one lifetime that we have, and how we want to leave the world at the end of it. My hope is that I have helped inspire people – most importantly young professionals who are perfectly positioned to create change – to think bigger about themselves, to not be afraid to rock the boat, and to authentically support each other to collectively do something bigger than each can do individually.
How do you define success?
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. When I was a student, I thought success would be finding a job that I enjoyed and that I was able to make money from so two-minute noodles would become a luxury and not a staple. And then, when in my first few jobs, I thought that success would be working out a job where I could get the things I needed in terms of professional development opportunities, be able to contribute towards the business’s outcomes in meaningful ways that also aligned with my values, and also make enough income to support my lifestyle and the things I wanted to do outside of work and my family.
What advice would you give to someone five years younger than you, in any industry, to help them achieve success?
“Life is short – be part of the solution” – these are the words that I live every day by.
Set goals for yourself that are more courageous than you can imagine, and allow yourself to consider – if – it were possible to achieve them, what would be the journey, who would you need to talk to, what would be the first step? And set goals that are not about your own gain, but about a bigger picture as well as developing yourself. Always look for ways to make a positive difference, be it in your team, in your workplace, in your community, in your sporting team, or in your family, no matter how small, and keep on doing that, again and again. Nurture your networks, and always stay curious about how you can help those in your network, not be helped by them.