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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Aparna Dalakoti
ProfessionFinance
Designation – Manager
OrganisationErnst & Young
Age – 28
City – Delhi
Work Experience (Years) – 5.5
LinkedIn – https://in.linkedin.com/in/aparna-dalakoti-56a02429
Under-Graduation – B. Com, Delhi University
Professional QualificationCA

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started at EY as a senior at FAAS working on various stat-reporting projects including project management. My other projects including financial reporting, IPO, internal project re-engineering initiatives. I have also worked on thought leadership, business development. I have been working with FAAS for almost 3.5 years. Eventually, I moved onto advisory and am now working as a manager in finance transformation and robotics for majorly FS clients. My projects mainly include process redesign, internal transformations using robotics and artificial intelligence.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Manager at Ernst & Young.

Being the Manager, I have to manage the delivery team on a daily basis. Apart from the regular delivery of the project, it includes exploring new business opportunities, process gaps, automation opportunities. This also includes meeting new clients, developing prospective business ideas. Learning is an integral part of these activities. As in consulting, you are rendered useless fairly quickly if you do not continue learning and being aware of your surroundings. It also includes continuously liaising with the existing clients and managing stakeholders expectations well.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 40-80 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Work-Life Balance

On an average, as a manager, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
Being the manager, how often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work as Manager require you to travel?
Very Often
Does your work as Manager require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Often
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Maybe
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
2 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

You need a CA or even an  MBA to enter this profession.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Very Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Great
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work as Manager is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
Yes
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Post-Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
Yes
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
OK
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

ICAI, IIM, IIT

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

The most important trait is being adaptable and being able to understand the business requirements and aligning yourself with it . Flexibility, positivity, and innovation are a must.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Manager?

There is a sense of pride in being associated with the brand. There is exposure to multinational clients, as well as different working styles and work cultures. Since this field is very dynamic, it exposes you to varied behaviours and stressful conditions. This prepares you for almost anything that you might experience in the field. There is a lot of learning in the different types of projects you are part of. They ensure you are having a holistic growth and are not just limited to one domain. The solutions you offer a change from client to client. This job also gives you an option to travel across the country and cross-border, this can also be taxing sometimes though.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Manager?

Work life balance is not one thing you might be able to maintain if you really want to succeed. The work is demanding and being flexible is extremely important. There is extensive travel, which makes it a taxing job. This is an extremely competitive field and one has to constantly keep moving forward. Yes, you might miss out on some holidays due to pressing client deadlines or other work requirements.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
5 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
May be Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?
I would pick the same profession.


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