Intelligent Career Solutions from Kitty Chow
Kitty Chow, BComm/88, worked as global senior director, Intelligent Edge solutions for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Pointnext business. She has over 20 years of experience working in the information technology sector, holding roles in sales management, product management, general management and marketing.
At the Navigating your Career—Toronto panel, she was one of four panelists to speak about their careers in Toronto.
“One of the common themes across all four of us panelists was that you need to be clear about what you’re looking for and what is important to you,” Kitty expressed. “That may change, depending if you’re three years into your career, or 10 years into your career, or 15 years. But it’s super important, at those points in time, be clear on those things that are important and what you’re looking for in the next step in your career so you can progress appropriately.”
After growing up in Ottawa and attending Carleton, Kitty had no intention of moving to Toronto until she was offered a promotion at her job. Now she has been living and working in Toronto for over 20 years.
“Toronto is great because it is so diverse. If you are interested in startups, you have that opportunity here. If you’re interested in working for a corporate headquarter, you can get that. I think it offers a lot of diversity in terms of different job interests,” said Kitty.
At the panel, Kitty spoke about her experience at Hewlett Packard in 2003 when an acquisition resulted in her job disappearing. She was able to take on a new role, this time in marketing. “I thought marketing would be really interesting because I’d never done it before. Since that time I’ve progressed in marketing roles in country and eventually in a worldwide role,” she shared. Kitty recently left Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is onto the next chapter of her career.
Her advice to new graduates and those starting out their careers is to take advantage of formal and informal mentoring. Having an informal mentor who is not part of a work program can create the opportunity for more honest and open discussions. Kitty’s second piece of advice is to not be in such a hurry.
“My advice is don’t be in too much of a hurry to get to what you think your destination is when you first graduate or when you’re in your initial job,” said Kitty. “Trying to move too quickly sometimes doesn’t help you gain the experience you need in the here and now as a foundation for your future.”
Keep an eye out for Sprott’s Navigating Your Career alumni panels in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver this fall.