Taranjeet joined Garden School in Junior 3 after spending his early childhood in the UK as a result of his father reading Law at the Inns of Court. Taranjeet was the Head Boy and he witnessed many changes to the school by the time he graduated in 1984. He’s had to move to 3 campuses as Garden School expanded. He started at Jalan Stonor, then Jalan Kia Peng, and finally Cheras.
Fond memories of classmates, great relationships, good comradeship and excellent teachers were some of the things that he remembered most about Garden School. One of his most memorable experiences was the weekly assembly in Form 5 when he had the attention of the entire student body. Not only was he representing the students and the prefectorial board of the school, he was equally responsible for resolving and addressing student related issues from the school’s viewpoint. That’s when he learnt how to strike a balance with the 2 roles at only 17 years old.
Since his early years, Taranjeet was very much exposed to the field of law. After graduating from Garden School, he continued with A-Levels in the Methodist College (formerly known as Methodist High School) and later obtained his Joint Honours in Law and Computer Sciences at the University of Keele in the UK. When asked what inspired him to choose his field of study, he answered that it was the environment that he was brought up in. “I did not see myself doing anything other than Law. It allowed me to piece an argument in a logical fashion and adapt it as I went along. Besides, it is a great discipline to have no matter which field you eventually decide to venture into. Computer Science on the other hand, provided me with the algorithmic thought process which was crucial for problem solving.”
Taranjeet feels he is someone who is always looking to improve himself, through experiences, education, and exposure. He joined a strategy boutique firm and had the opportunity to work with the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in evaluating the competitive landscape of the country and giving insights and recommendations to further enhance sectorial growth in Malaysia. His other achievements included overseeing the talent space and consulting on a regional level with the Hewitt Associates. It was considered one of the toughest times of his career, a job that requires frequent travelling; thus taking him away from his wife and newborn son. He however gained regional exposure by managing projects that spanned across Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
Today, Taranjeet is a Managing Consultant with the Hay Group and “plays”, as he terms it, in the Human Capital space. He prides himself in the work that he does in supporting organizations translate visions and strategies into day-to-day operational work. During the course of his consulting work over the past 2 decades, he has worked with financial institutions, automotive manufacturers, oil and gas companies, sovereign wealth agencies, and nuclear research agencies to the public sector ministries, agencies and statutory bodies. When asked about the best and worst bits about his job, he commented: “I’ve never done the same job twice. Every engagement I’ve been on for the last 19 – 20 years has been different and I’ve had the opportunity to meet exceptionally demanding clients where expectations are high. These clients push you to the next level of performance. They challenge you and that, allow you to become stronger in what you do. The satisfaction of my job comes from knowing that I am contributing positively to our society. As for the worst bits, frankly, there is none! I truly don’t feel like I am working. I am having fun and I am being paid to do it. You can’t get anything better than that!”
His advice to the current students: “Be clear of what you are passionate about, then work won’t become a chore. I wanted something different, something unconventional for my degree. That’s why I chose a degree in Law and Computer Sciences. Although I am not strictly practicing either disciplines today, my knowledge, understanding and appreciation derived from both subjects in terms of analytical skills, articulation and reasoning has most definitely contributed to what I am doing today.”