India has a vibrant economy that offers challenging opportunities, as well as responsibilities you probably wouldn’t get elsewhere. In this fast-paced climate there will be more chances to move up and progress your career, as well as to put your hand up and do great things on your own initiative.
A decision to move to India can be a great one for your career. It’s that simple. More difficult is deciding where to locate. India has been described as the world’s most multidimensional country, and its ways of life can bring out extreme reactions in some people. It will be like nowhere else you’ve ever lived.
The diversity of the country is bewildering. Geographically, the landscapes range from snowcapped mountains to sun-drenched beaches, with hectic, metropolitan business centers rubbing up against tranquil temples and ancient architecture within the same city. Culturally too, with a billion people, dozens of languages and hundreds of dialects, India is like many countries in one.
This has immediately obvious benefits to anyone looking to relocate to India: it’s an amazing, unforgettable place to live. Whichever of the seven cities where KPMG has offices you choose to live in, you’ll be able to reach stunning tourist attractions on the weekend via India’s inexpensive and extensive transport network. Ultimately, you need to surrender to the unknown – nothing can really quite prepare you for life in India, you just have to jump in and be ready to search for its secret gems.
Professionally, wherever you go, you’ll find businesses that are expanding and facing new challenges – and this presents many opportunities for KPMG. These opportunities include the massive amount of work required to help businesses in India attain International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by 2011. In other areas, you could be involved in government consultation in areas such as tax, and have the chance to help shape policy.
The fluidity and rapid growth of Indian companies means that hires can get a broader experience quickly, and be promoted faster than in many, more mature economies.1
The pace of development and the demand for our skills and services means that you’ll work hard here — 12-hour days are not uncommon — but on the weekends you can go to the mountains or the sea, visit the sites of ancient civilisations, or just relax in a cosmopolitan city. India’s a big place, for people with a big appetite for adventure.
While many people that move to India never leave, if you do decide to move on after 2–3 years in search of new experiences, your career — and your worldview — will be all the richer for your time here. It’s a great thing to have on your resume, and you can be sure it will be an experience you’ll never forget.
1. Fortune Magazine, Sept-2008