An inter­est­ing thing hap­pened to Muk­ta Arya on her way to becom­ing a bio tech­nol­o­gy pro­fes­sion­al: She changed paths, got an MBA, and began a career in cor­po­rate human resources. The impe­tus? Her desire to help peo­ple.

“I felt very drawn to it,” she said. “I find it very excit­ing. It’s like you’re help­ing oth­ers and it gives a lot of sat­is­fac­tion to me.”

I sat down recent­ly with Muk­ta for a con­ver­sa­tion about life­long learn­ing and how she has used expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in her work in human resources, in her life, and in adapt­ing to liv­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cul­tures.

“I’m still on this jour­ney,” she said. “It’s not yet over because there are plen­ty of things I’m aware I still have to work on.”

Muk­ta Arya is head of human resources, South­east Asia, and Head of Tal­ent Devel­op­ment and Inclu­sion, Asia Pacif­ic, for Soci­ete Gen­erale, a lead­ing multi­na­tion­al invest­ment bank and finan­cial ser­vices com­pa­ny. Born and raised in India, she worked in Mum­bai and Hong Kong before relo­cat­ing to Sin­ga­pore, where she cur­rent­ly lives and works.

Her love of learn­ing and a life­long curios­i­ty helped her suc­ceed in work­ing with and under­stand­ing peo­ple with vary­ing learn­ing styles. At Soci­ete Gen­erale, she uses the prin­ci­ples of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing to encour­age inno­va­tion with employ­ees, and imple­ment the company’s mis­sion of diver­si­ty and inclu­sion.

She is the author of two col­lec­tions of poet­ry, Wan­ton Thoughts and 3:15 pm Mus­ings in Hong Kong and two mem­oirs, Whim­si­cal Times: Mem­o­ries from Hong Kong and Criss Cross: A Med­ley of Thoughts.

Lis­ten in on my con­ver­sa­tion with Muk­ta here and stay tuned for more con­ver­sa­tions with learn­ing enthu­si­asts in my new pod­cast Learn­ing for Life with Kay Peter­son.

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Kay Peter­son is founder and CEO of The Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing. To learn more about the insti­tute and her work, vis­it https://www.experientiallearninginstitute.org/.