The Faces of Professional Services Week: Kishan Mistry
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Kishan Mistry, Analyst, Deloitte LLP
How long have you been working at your current employer?
Since September 2015
How do you travel into work each day?
How would you describe in no more than two hundred words your working week?
My working week involves working on various different projects in the tax sector of Deloitte LLP. Typically, on a Monday I will create a work list and plan ahead for the week, and naturally things will add to this as the week goes on. Throughout the week, I will have regular catch ups with managers to update how the project is progressing.
What made you decide to go into a professional services career?
Being in a client focused role was something I’ve always wanted to do, and so a career in professional services was ideal. I’m interested in economics and the financial sector and so a role in tax fitted in well with my personal interests.
At what point in your life did you realise that working in professional services was for you?
Working in hospitality, where it’s all about the customer, I gained skills in building relationships, my communication skills and anticipating customer needs, which I really enjoyed. It was at this point I realised I wanted to work in an industry which would give me exposure to professional clients in a business environment.
What other jobs did you consider before deciding on a career in professional services?
With my financial interests, I thought a lot about going into corporate/investment banking. But after learning more about the wider opportunities within the professional services sector, this route felt more suitable for the type of person I am and what I want from my career.
What are the top three things you love about working in professional services?
1.Exposure to clients – it’s a client facing role and you gain exposure at an early stage in your career
2.You get to add a lot value for clients. Knowing that I what I do on a daily basis has a direct positive impact on the client is rewarding for me
3.It’s the best place to learn the ins and outs of business. You do work for various clients and over time you end up learning about lots of different and diverse industries which you wouldn’t necessarily access elsewhere.
What do you most look forward to doing during your week at work?
Getting to the end result of my work and seeing how it benefits the client.
During the past year – describe what has been your working highlight?
My working highlight has been spending time on a residential tax course with all the new starters in 2015. It was three weeks of getting to know your colleagues, and even more senior individuals such as the partners at the firm. I really got to build my internal networks as well as just make a load of new friends.
What is your favourite lunchtime haunt?
What is your favourite way to wind down after a day at the office?
I’m a ‘gym go-er’ and so ‘pumping a bit of iron’ is the first thing I do.
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about a career in professional services what would it be?
Say yes to all opportunities. It sounds obvious but in professional services you are exposed to so many opportunities from day one and it really is up to you to take them. If you want to learn something new or do something new, you just need to ask.