Usha Albuquerque

A gold medallist in English Literature and Education from Madras University, a former news anchor, film producer and author of several books on career guidance, Usha’s first career steps led to teaching English, history, education and drama to high school students.

She moved to media and journalism, appearing as the English newsreader for Doordarshan, and writing for several magazines. Soon she was producing, and sometimes anchoring, television news features, quizzes, talk shows, and documentaries for corporate houses, the Air Force, Ministry of External Affairs and international organizations, such as the World Bank and Portuguese and Brazilian TV. Her media career was capped by the production of many documentaries on socially relevant issues, including “Seeds of Life”, which won the highest national film award in the country, and “Silent Killing” which was nominated for the UNICEF Child Rights Award.

Adding the dimension of counselling to her portfolio for the last nineteen years, she pioneered career guidance on television by producing several widely acclaimed series – Hum Honge Kamyab, The Professionals, Parvaz and the career chat show ‘Avenues’, - that, together, ran for over 4 years. Her books, The Penguin India Career Guide – Vols. 1 & 2, are into their second edition, whilst Puffin has published her latest career guide for younger children. She is a regular columnist on careers and career counselling for national and regional dailies, television and radio channels and online sites.

Today, she combines her role as founder director of Careers Smart with running Insight Productions, her film production company.