Senior Manager, EY
Reena has been with EY since 2008. During this time, she has lived and worked across three different countries and specialised in the audit of private equity real estate funds. Reena qualified in 2007 and is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in accountancy?
It started at school, I liked the logicality of the subject and so I decided to pursue it with a professional qualification and make it a career. From a practical point of view, accountancy is also a safe bet in the sense that it opens a lot of job opportunities in a wide range of fields and industries.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome this?
I actually faced the same challenge twice when I moved office from Mauritius to Luxembourg and then to London. With every move comes a challenge to come of my comfort zone and have to rebuild the visibility and credibility that I have built with my clients and colleagues. Establishing a position and personal brand in a new work environment, new country and market takes time and is not easy but with right attitude, perseverance and fearlessness at grabbing opportunities, it is definitely possible.
Who has been your biggest inspiration? (Either in your personal or professional life)
My mother is the strongest and most independent person I know. I lost my father when I was 7 years old, so my mother raised my sister and I on her own into well-educated, strong and independent women for which I will always be grateful. Whenever I feel weak and demotivated, I always think of the difficulties that my mother has faced as a young mother with two young daughters and how she overcame them.
What’s the best piece of career-related advice you’ve ever been given?
I consider myself very lucky to work in a firm where there is a genuine interest in my career and various initiatives to push myself to what I want to achieve. Since my promotion to senior manager last year, I have had coaching sessions with partners to discuss the next level and what I need to do to get there.
What three words sum up your career?
Successful, interesting, inspiring
How did you get to where you are now?
Hard work, focus and perseverance. In addition, working in a firm that fosters the right culture of teaming and coaching meant that I worked with people who created the right environment for learning and contributed immensely to my learning and experience.
What advice would you give to a woman starting out in the accountancy industry?
What do you think the future of the accountancy industry holds?
Accountancy should be much more than bookkeeping and reporting on the past. Today’s environment is being disrupted with Robotics, Blockchain – just to name a few. Tomorrow’s accountants will need to have innovative minds who can see beyond numbers and use them to bring change and increase adaptability of organisations to disruption in, what were, established markets.