The Oscar Wilde quote ‘It is personalities not principles that move the age’, is what motivates Kittu Randhawa, who hit the ground running in Australia in 1991. After doing some odd jobs for the first few months, she joined the Royal Australian Air Force first as a civilian and 14 years later left a uniformed officer, the first female Indian in the RAAF.
Being an Indian Australian entrepreneur means, “You do have your work cut out, you have to work hard,” she says. The journey as an entrepreneur has not been an easy one for her. “As someone who has challenged the community sector in terms of the services provided to the Indian Subcontinent community and then as an enterprise, this is an innovation that has had to prove itself,” she continues. While she has for years worked at all levels of government, she currently works as a consultant and trainer in her professional field of procurement and logistics.
Launching the Indian (Sub-Continent) Crisis and Support Agency (ICSA) has been that single most important moment in her career. “I didn’t believe it was going to happen until the day we actually launched… it was just ideas, concepts, plans and a lot of contention, challenges, and problems—working through them to get an organisation off the ground was indeed a proud moment,” says Kittu. For her the journey was incredible and the experience absolutely unique. “All the money in the world cannot buy the feeling of value when someone says, ‘I don’t know if I could have coped if you hadn’t been there’,” she says.
Growth, for Kittu is about making positive change on social outcomes that leads to a good social policy and a fairer system for all. “In the four years I have run ICSA, it is incredibly fulfilling to know our work has influenced changes in policy and procedure in areas like immigration, health and legal practice,” she says with pride. According to her, information holds the key to success and so her advice to budding entrepreneurs is to be good listeners.
The way I see it
Australia… While the country offers opportunity, it also holds challenges.
My motto. Believe in your vision. Be practical in application and mindful there will be people who will try to hold you back. So keep your feet on the ground and your mind on your goals.
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