What degree course did you study and when did you graduate?
What is your current role?
Currently, I am the founder of my consultancy company which focuses on mid market companies. We assist companies in raising capital from venture capital/ private equity firms and provide M&A advisory services also. We also engage in strategy assignments particularly in helping a company define its strategy, vision and develop a business plan.
Tell us about your career story since graduating from Warwick
After graduation I joined India’s leading consultancy company A F Ferguson (now part of Deloitte) for about 2 years. After that I joined Kotak Mahindra Investment Bank in the M&A team (India’s leading investment bank) for a period of 5 years. While expecting my second son I took a career break for a period of 1 year. Thereafter, I spent about 7.5 years with Deloitte Corporate Finance. At Deloitte my focus was on M&A, privatisations, and raising capital from VCs and Private equity funds for clients. To gain more flexibility in terms of work hours I decided to set up my own firm focusing on SME clients and actively managing my financial portfolio.
How has your time at Warwick helped you during your career?
I did the MBA program at Warwick. My undergraduate degree was a BSc in Life Science and Biochemistry. The MBA gave me a great foundation for understanding different aspects of business. It also helped me develop skills in financial analysis, modelling, and valuation. The MBA improved my communication and interpersonal skills. I also gained confidence. Some of the Financial skills that I acquired have helped me build my investment portfolio.
What ambitions do you have for the future?
- To have a work life balance
- Continue my consultancy
- To manage my investments
- To spend time on projects that have a social impact
What advice do you have for Warwick graduates who would like to work in your sector?
- To acquire the technical skills required
- Internships in the desired areas of employment
What 3 top tips would you give to students looking to find a graduate role in the UK or elsewhere in the world?
- Do an internship and gain understanding in areas that one is looking for employment.
- In companies you want to gain employment see if you can find someone who can give you a referral.
- In India companies recruit at specific times of the year at entry level (different from that of UK); ensure that you understand the Indian timelines and send in resumes accordingly.