Sakshi works as an Associate at BCG- Boston Consulting Group, having earlier worked at HUL. She did her articleship from Deloitte and Industrial Training from HUL. She secured CA AIR-1 in CA IPCC and a commendable 63% in CA Final
Snippets of her interaction with #mycastory
What prompted you to get admitted into the CA course? What were the things you considered when you took that decision?
Honestly, I had been utterly confused on making a choice between Science or Commerce- being a school topper, the usual pivot was to select Science. However, my dad is a CA, and all my life, I had visualized him as a role model. Hence, choosing CA as a course came naturally to me and wasn’t a tough choice. CA felt more like a default rather than a design.
Tell us about your articleship life and the learnings, be it technical/non-technical/any interesting happenings?
I consider myself really privileged to be part of two really great organizations during my articleship period. I spent the first two years at Deloitte Haskins and Sells, audit division. Deloitte completely changed me. From the noob and self-doubting student I was, it made me a confident and thorough professional. I had an absolute pleasure of working with three mentors- Murad Sir, Devang Sir and Anjum Ma’am, who still continue to inspire me and aspire me to stretch my wings. Doing articleship from a good firm and under great people is pivotal to the way you look at the CA course and think about the problems asked in the exams. In my finals, audit and accounts paper were a breeze, thanks to the depth of work exposure of Deloitte.
I took one of the less taken paths of doing an industrial training. I was lucky enough to do it from Hindustan Unilever Limited – Supply Chain Finance Division. However, uncertain I was about that decision then, it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I was lucky to meet my super awesome boss, friend and mentor- Amit Dhoot. It was the time I realized that costing can be cool too! Also, you end up meeting a lot of CA rankers, who continue to help you out in the planning studies. The only downside of doing the industrial training were the leaves- they are generally less than what a Big 4 would give its articles. Nonetheless, in the hindsight – that tradeoff has been worth it.
Which courses from CA have been the most useful?
It’s a difficult question to answer. More than the course itself, the rigor behind completing the course makes you a different person.
In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your CA journey?
More than the course, it’s has been the people. I have got lifelong mentors from my articleship and industrial training and that by far surpasses any gain that this course may bestow. Though, the limelight that you get by AIR 1 is also too tempting to resist by!
5) Post the course completion, is there any key personal/professional experience which you have been immensely proud of and would like to share with readers?
That has to be cracking the consulting field. I still get questions from my juniors on how to go about it. Both cracking the interview and working there is a great experience in itself. You get regarded equivalent to an IITians and MBAs, which I think is a great respect in itself.
Any words of advice for future CA aspirants?
Enjoy the journey and the pace. It will be full of ups and downs. But the thing to hold on by – is to never give up. One attempt, two attempts, nail it! The effort is definitely worth it. One of my seniors said –“If you want something you have never had before, you have to do something you have never done before”. It’s the philosophy with which I continue to live my life. Be positive, stay focused and give it your best shot. Cheers!
You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sakshi-gupta-a985a987/