I have had an enriching experience over the last five years, with the opportunity to work across clients from Fortune 500 companies, to SMEs and family-owned businesses. I’ve seen good career progression, partly thanks to my own personal performance but also partly because the practice is growing so fast. Everyone here has the opportunity to progress his or her career — it really is just a question of making it happen.
I’ve had the chance to move around with the firm, including a week spent in the UK, but a highlight for me was being given responsibility with one other person of setting up the Strategic and Commercial Intelligence practice in India in 2006. Given the keen interest of investors in this market, this practice has grown from strength to strength in a very short time.
A great deal is left to your own initiative and flexibility because there are very few boundaries. Some people may prefer a little more definition and structure in how they operate, but at KPMG in India you have the individual freedom to experiment, with support from the senior people in the firm who are there to listen and help.
Women are well represented at the KPMG office in Mumbai — there are about 400 across all practices, many of whom are Managers. But, as is common in India at the moment, there are more men higher up at the most senior management levels.
Right now, India is a great place to be working. Our clients here are still on a growth agenda, so for an advisor Mumbai is a perfect environment to be in.