Our hats should go off to anyone that can function clearly past midnight! For Kriya Gangiah, Senior Consultant at Deloitte by day, and Radio Host on Jacaranda FM by night, that is a daily reality! As the host of TheLateShow on air between 10:00pm and 01:00am, and having featured on this year’s Mail & Guardian 200 Young List, Kriya Gangiah defines hard work and success! Kriya is no stranger to the media – having started her radio career at the University of Pretoria’s TuksFM back in 2007 and after being a Television presenter on ETV’s Craz-E – she has proven that by making good use of every opportunity presented to you and putting in the time, one may achieve their goals and dreams! Read Kriya’s inspirational journey below as she emphasizes the importance of a strong work ethic…
Full name: Kriya Gangiah
Current title/company: Radio Presenter: JacarandaFM, TV presenter: Zalebs.com, IT security Professional: Deloitte
Educational background: BIS Information Science: University of Pretoria
Current city: Pretoria/Johannesburg
Kriya, your talents appear to be limitless! At present, you work as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte South Africa by day, and co-host your own radio show, TheLateShow, by night between 10pm and 1am. You also work as a MC, Motivational Speaker and businesswoman in between! Could you take us through the journey to where you are now?
It has been quite a whirl wind experience! I started studying at the University of Pretoria in 2007 – at the same time I started my radio career at TUKS FM. From there it was a point of putting my head down, working as hard as I can and taking every single opportunity I could to get as much experience as possible. I moved on to ETV’s Craz-E and the corporate world, whilst still trying my hardest to stay in the radio industry.
You often refer to yourself as an Info-tainment Professional, mainly because of your two contrasting careers as a Consultant in corporate and as a radio DJ on Jacaranda FM. How have you managed to attain success in both these spheres? Is there one particular attribute or characteristic that you make use of in both career avenues or do you find that it requires a balance of different skills?
At the end of the day no matter what career you are in you need to put 110% of your effort in all the time, and that is my secret to success. Make sure that you are dedicated, focused and determined to succeed and you will!
One skill that is paramount to any career you may want to follow is professionalism and a passion for your chosen field.
You have been in the media industry for years, having been a Tuks FM radio presenter in 2007, Media Volunteer for the FIFA World Cup South Africa in 2010, a Radio DJ for Highveld stereo in 2011 and an ETV Presenter from 2009 to 2013. With such a strong career in the media, what made you decide to embark on a career in Corporate, particularly as a Consultant?
After completing my degree in 2010 I thought it would be best to get a bit of corporate experience. The media industry can be quite difficult and temperamental at times so its always good to have a plan B.
It is clear that you cannot be boxed into a particular category and as a Millennial woman, you personify the term ‘Creative Corporate’. What advice would you give to the Millennial woman struggling to balance the different sides to her?
It is hard, I’m not going to lie to you, but one thing I have to say is if you set your mind to something and you want it badly, you can achieve it! Just really stick your head down and push through the difficult times. Balance does eventually come – you get used to the long hours and you start appreciating the time that you have. You will also see the true sides to people in your life which will make it easier to find the right balance.
Being in Corporate and media, what would you say is required for attaining success – talent or hard work?
It’s always both but talent isn’t going to get you to the top. Soccer players may be talented, but they aren’t brilliant unless they practice.
Hard work makes you the best.
Take us through what a typical work day looks like for you?
So I’m up around 07:00-7:30 every morning and make my way to Deloitte; in the afternoon I’m home around 17:00-17:30 if I’m not going to an event. I spend some time at home with my puppy and maybe catch a quick nap. I’m out the house again by 20:00-20:30 on my way to the studio and on my way home again at 01:00!
As a radio presenter and producer, as well as professional, what major challenges have you faced and how have you managed to overcome them?
One thing that was quite hard was being taken seriously at such a young age, people think that when you are 18 you are still undecided about your life! You just need to prove to them over and over again that you are capable of greatness.
Advice for fellow career women and professionals?
Enjoy the little things in life. Work extra hard so that you can play hard. Sometimes you end up taking things for granted – just take a step back and enjoy it every now and again.
Morning or night? Night most definitely!
If you could have lunch with any woman, who would it be and what would you order? Angelina Jolie, a creamy ravioli
I wish I knew how to… squeeze out a few more hours in a day or make a balloon dog!
African women are… Strong and beautiful
South Africa is… my home and home is where the heart is!
Worst money mistake… Sale season!