What degree course did you study and when did you graduate?
Full time MBA - graduated in 2010.
What is your current role?
Partner, B R Maheswari & Co LLP, Chartered Accountant.
Tell us about your career story since graduating from Warwick
As part of my MBA, I had taken an extension went on an exchange quarter to Booth school of business, Chicago. While in Chicago, I interviewed with a bunch of Investment Banks, and was lucky enough to get a job with an Investment Bank in Mumbai, India (this was just after Lehmann, and i-banks were not hiring much!).
After working for 2 years there, I shifted base back to my hometown of New Delhi and joined the Chartered Accountancy firm that my grandfather had founded in 1954. Over the last decade, I have grown within and with the firm and currently lead the same.
How has your time at Warwick helped you during your career?
I wanted 2 things from my MBA:
- An immediate career shift to Investment Banking - which I did manage, albeit with a mid-tier Bank, and not a Goldman / Merrill Lynch which I had hoped for.
- Entrepreneurship skills to one day lead my family business - which I would say I am reasonably happy with. Classes like Entrepreneurial Finance definitely helped, but in retrospect, my choice of electives could have been better – for example, I did not realise how important Change Management would be to my journey.
What ambitions do you have for the future?
Now that I am leading a business, my single-minded focus is on growth. From an old and respected business, I am looking to pivot to a young, dynamic and fast paced business.
What advice do you have for Warwick graduates who would like to work in your sector?
If you are looking at Investment Banking – focus on developing your marketing skills. Finance / Quant is actually a very small part of M&A professional’s job. If you’re looking at Entrepreneurship - gain as much experience you can on others’ dime. But ultimately, you will never be completely ready – take the plunge when your gut tells you the time is right.
What 3 top tips would you give to students looking to find a graduate role in the UK or elsewhere in the world?
- Relationships – the importance of developing relationships cannot be overstated. Develop personal connects with people in every aspect of your life.
- Be aggressive in going after what you want. No one will hand you anything on a plate
- Self-doubt is what kills promising careers – do whatever it takes to build your confidence in yourself, and whatever you are selling!