Career Gyaan from Experienced CAs

Read what CA professionals in different fields have to say

Career Options for CAs


Just stepped into the CA field or already part of the fraternity? Wondering about the various career options!! We bring to you an almost comprehensive and interesting list of career options for CAs - directly from the horse’s mouth as we have interviewed CAs specializing in different areas.

We will be updating this page on an ongoing basis.

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    PROFILE WISE BROAD CATEGORIES

    1. Audit
      • Assurance/ Statutory Audit

      • Risk/ Internal Audit

        “Here we are the "eyes and ears of the management". We would be working in teams and performing business audits from start to finish. So getting to know about how business works is a big add on. You get to work on report writing.. You get to interact with departmental heads and so on”

        Shikha Goenka, Chartered Accountant - Former Senior Manager, Kotak Mahindra Bank
      • Management Audit

      • Systems Audit

      • Forensic Audit/ Investigation

        “It’s a very specific audit type which is quite interesting and different from what we did in our articleship days. Here you detect frauds, assimilate evidence and yes, even interrogate guilty parties...its super cool and you even feel like ACP Pradyuman at times! You may often have to work for very long hours but what keeps you going is that each assignment is totally different from the previous one”

        Pooja Mehta, Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary - Consultant, Price Waterhouse Coopers
    2. Tax
      • Direct Tax (including International Tax)

        “One field which is absolutely dynamic (and therefore challenging and interesting as well) with innumerable judicial cases being rendered each day and legislative amendments being a regular phenomenon. You would know that tax and controversies are synonyms when you hear about the case of Vodafone, Shell, GE, etc.

        It is one field where I believe you can apply maximum of what you study for your CA exams and where the study just grows deeper each day. As a tax advisor, its involves examination of the tax implications of any transaction, interpretation of legal provisions of domestic tax laws and tax treaties with various countries, research and analysis of judicial cases, structuring transactions in a tax efficient manner, drafting detailed legal opinions, etc. Tax being an additional cost for business, is always one of the drivers for doing business and various other transactions including M&A.

        Naina Agarwal, Chartered Accountant & Lawyer – Associate, Leading Tax Consulting Firm
      • Indirect Tax

    3. Finance
      • Accounting

        “Analyzing and giving appropriate impact of peculiar transactions much before auditors and tax authorities would dig it”

        Preeti Jain, Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary - Deputy Manager, Accounts, ITNL
      • Finance

        “It involves financial analysis for the Company with regards to various products, branches & building up business models, Budgeting, Debt Raising, Treasury Management, Capital Structure planning, Cash flow analysis on an ongoing basis, managing receivables, managing relationships with the present and potential Investors & Lenders, being active in various other activities and possess exceptional analytical skills resulting in quick understanding and assessment of complex matters.”

        Sneha Bairagara, Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary – Assistant Manager, NeoGrowth Credit Private Ltd (NBFC)
      • Treasury

        “Treasury (a stronghold of MBAs has now opened up for CAs as well) has always been bread and butter for people with flair for trading/risk taking. Once in treasury multiple opportunities come up viz: trading in currencies, interest rates,bonds & exotic derivatives, managing balance sheet, institutional investments, forex sales, overseas banking, analytics etc in the banking space.On corporate front avenues which can be explored is raising domestic and foreign funds, managing funds, looking after liquidity and investment decisions. Aspirants with lesser appetite for risk taking can also look for opportunities in mid office or back office which monitors trades and limits for banks/corporations. Currency markets are the biggest markets and the next biggest market is also far from being close in terms of volumes traded.”

        Jubin Goel, Chartered Accountant - SM, HDFC Bank, Treasury Advisory Group
      • Investment Banking/ Private Equity

        “Asset management is literally as close as you can get to "handling real money". As an Asset manager, you will be required to interact with CFOs/CEOs of large corporates and ultra high net worth individuals on a daily basis. Also, you will be required to understand different asset classes like equities, commodities, real estate, credit etc and structure products/transactions so that you are able to earn the "alpha" from the investments. This certainly isn't Wall Street, but you will have to be a Wolf !”

        Shreyans Mehta, Chartered Accountant, MBA - Alpha Alternatives
      • MIS

      • Analyst

        “Analysing credit worthiness of companies which come to debt market to raise money by issuing debentures, engaging with company management, arrangers and credit rating companies and detailed analysis of industry and company financial metrics”

        Roopak Ubhayakar, Chartered Accountant & Chartered Financial Analyst - Analyst-Fixed Income, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. Ltd
    4. Advisory
      • M&A

      • Valuations

      • Corporate Law

      • FEMA

      • Capital Markets

    5. Education/ Coaching/ Author
      • Joining a coaching classes as a professor

      • Joining a college including MBA/ law colleges as a professor

      • Starting your own coaching or private tuitions

      • Authoring academic and professional books

      • Being an Examiner for checking papers of CA exams

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    ORGANISATION WISE BROAD CATEGORIES

    1. Consulting entities
      • Accounting firms (Big 4 CA firms and other Top CA firms)

      • Accounting firms (mid-sized and small-sized CA firms)

      • Law firms

      • Other Consultancy entities

    2. Industry
      • Banks

        “This is where the real business happens. You are involved in a fast paced high stress environment where you will not only be responsible for on boarding the biggies of the corporate world but also engage extensively with Internal stakeholders to meet the complex requirements of these companies. Great Interpersonal skills, go getter attitude along with sound knowledge of all banking products are a must to excel. Tremendous learning opportunity but not for the faint hearted.”

        Suneet Makharia, Chartered Accountant & MBA - Multinational corporations relationship banking, Yes Bank

        “ As a Credit Analyst in bank for lending internationally, it involves analysing credit worthiness of companies which come to banks to raise money by issuing term loans, working capital demand loan, RCF and any other banking products like short term bill discounting or derivatives limit. The profile involved detailed analysis of industry and company's financial metrics, legal view point security coverage with respect to the loan amount, etc. To sum up, all the formalities before sanctioning a facility.”

        Sajan Shah, Chartered Accountant & Chartered Financial Analyst – Manager, IBG ICICI Bank
      • NBFC

      • Insurance company

      • Multinational companies

      • Indian corporates

      • Government and Public Sector (SEBI, RBI, etc)

 

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