Product Manager, Rakon Limited
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration student
Master of Engineering with First Class Honours
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Second Class Honours
He enjoys getting to experience different parts of the business, says engineering alumnus Percy Kapadia who is now a product manager for global high-tech company Rakon Limited.
“I manage a product portfolio that encompasses a significant portion of Rakon’s revenue. In this role I regularly collaborate with all levels of the business to influence and drive strategic product innovations. I’m involved in all parts of the business, and the visibility I get from this involvement is amazing. No single day is the same – there’s such a variety of information that I have to deal with that I could never get bored at work.”
Initially joining Rakon as a junior product manager in 2018 and working his way up to his current role, Percy has had plenty of career achievements he can be proud of.
“Working on next generation opportunities in the telecommunications market is what I’m most proud of. The products I’m responsible for have been designed into the largest global manufacturers of 5G radio units, small cells, and edge datacentres.”
His AUT journey
Percy first came to AUT to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; a qualification he completed in 2017. In 2021, he added a Master of Engineering to his credentials as well.
“I still remember the engineering programmes I studied well, and the highlights of my studies would have to be doing project work, as it involved me and my peers working together towards a shared goal. That was a real bonding moment with the team as we understood how to work together efficiently and effectively on a project.”
But that wasn’t the end of his AUT journey, and he has now returned to enrol in a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, with the ultimate goal to progress into a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the future.
“As a product manager, my role requires a wide variety of skills and expertise. To help me be the best product manager I can be, I decided to do my MBA to grow, professionally and personally, in three key areas: business acumen, cultural intelligence and emotional intelligence.”
While he has many fond memories of his time at AUT, Percy says two of his most recent courses made a particularly strong impact on him.
“The course Peak Performance, Health and Wellbeing, taught by Marty, was a very insightful course and I learned so much. It was a very fascinating course that taught me a lot about emotional intelligence. The second course – Negotiation for Influence, Inclusion and Impact, taught by Yashika – was amazing as it taught us how to be effective negotiators and understand all the factors that impact a negotiation. It broadened my horizons and taught me a lot about cultural intelligence.”
He has some great advice for other students who are only at the start of their university journey.
“University is a great medium for us to learn and upskill ourselves for the betterment of humanity. Your occupation is equally important, but the integration of the learnings from university can have evolutionary implications on society.”