Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t-Priyank Shrivastava

The most fascinating part about Priyank Shrivastava’s story is how he transformed himself from an Indian Railways TTE job to a Chartered Accountant.

From humble beginnings in Talbehat, UP to joining a sarkari naukri with Indian Railways after Class 10 , being inducted as a Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Betul Railway Station, MP and then deciding to opt for CA, securing articleship at PwC Financial Services team and now  working at True North Private Equity Fund. Its an interesting story that will leave you super inspired.

Snippets of Priyank’s conversation with #mycastory

What prompted you to get admitted into the CA course? What were the things you considered when you took that decision?

Since my childhood, I was always good at numbers. Due to the compulsion in railway training, I had to take commerce in 12th and that is when I started dreaming about making my career in the field of finance. I had two options – MBA or CA, and after doing detailed analysis, I, along with my friend Surya Prakash, chose to go for Chartered Accountancy Course.

Tell us about your articleship life and the learnings, be it technical/non-technical/any interesting happenings?

I completed my three years articleship with PwC Mumbai’s Financial Services team wherein I got the opportunity to work on audits of global financial institutions. The work culture at PwC was entirely different compared to the same in Railways. I was very scared initially but improved my soft skills slowly and steadily.

The biggest learning, other than the technical knowledge, I got in PwC was to meet the tough deadlines and to handle extreme level of work pressure, these two things made me mentally stronger which is helping and will continue to help me in facing tough challenges in my professional and personal life.

PwC’s audit methodology and documentation standards are very high, one must document entire audit work in detail in line with specific auditing standards and other legal and regulatory requirements. Further, PwC has a separate system analysis team which helps assurance team in understanding the work flow of various systems used by the client in financial reporting and for operational purposes, I got the opportunity to work with this team and it helped significantly in increasing my knowledge of various type of controls with the assertions covered by them.

Which courses from CA have been the most useful?

Each subject has its own importance in the curriculum. This is the uniqueness of CA course that it equally prepares you to handle different streams of the finance and accounts.

In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your CA journey?  

“Mental Toughness” is one of the qualities which I have gained during my journey of CA, small challenges do not bother me anymore. I can handle toughest situations with calmness and come out of it as a winner.

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?

Investment of hard work for five years gives so much in return. I thank almighty to give me the strength to complete the journey of CA successfully. The level of respect I get among my relatives, friends and society is unparalleled.

I always had an inclination towards teaching students. Post qualification, I got the opportunity to teach CA students in an institute based in Dombivli (Mumbai Suburb), I have been teaching there for many years now and I really love the time I spend with my students there, I feel proud that I get to share my knowledge, learning tricks etc. with the students, I see the same level of enthusiasm and hunger for success in their eyes which I used to have few years back.

Since my journey is little different than that of other CAs, Careerizma chose to publish my story on their portal in 2015. Read it here https://goo.gl/dhRoqE

Any words of advice for future CA aspirants?

There is no substitute to hard work, you need to roll up your sleeves and work hard continuously for years to reach the zenith but the returns you will get post qualification will be beyond your imagination.

CA course is a lengthy and voluminous course and you need to plan your studies well in advance, if you plan well and implement your well-planned strategy, you will easily sail through.

Since I am also a professor, any CA student can get in touch with me for any difficulties they are facing in studies and I would be more than happy to help.

You can connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyank-shrivastava-344a9116/

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