THIS CA+ MBA ANURAG SINGAL LEADS HIS LIFE FOR PASSION
Mr. Anurag has completed CA in the year 2007 and PGPX- 1 year full-time MBA from IIM Ahmedabad during 2014-15.
MR. ANURAG SINGAL, a Chartered Accountant + MBA by Profession, shares his experiences and challenges faced during his journey in an exclusive interview with CLIQTAX:
THE EARLY DAYS
Anurag is born and brought up in Kolkata. He did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Liluah and completed his graduation from St Xaviers, Kolkata. He was inspired from his grandfather who was an astute accountant of his times and they were into journals and ledgers since school.
As kids, he used to work on tracing the accuracy of posting balances from bills today books to the ledger and thereon to Trial Balance. Later, he had scored decent ranks in engineering entrance exams but realised that only CA could be his mojo.
With this right decision, he got AIR 25 and 22 in CA IPCC and Final exams. After this, he has landed in IIM Ahmedabad in April’14 and embraced the “CA+MBA” because there are certain limitations if you can look at the work only from the prism of NPV and IRR and IRR and one needs to evaluate business problems holistically.
CHALLENGES FACED DURING THE TENURE
One interesting challenge that he took up personally was to look at the unaddressed need for employment opportunities for Chartered Accountants. He realised that getting a job was not easy for CA professionals. With this perspective, they have come up with the venture CAJobPortal.com. which was set up in December 2015.
The venture is a recruitment platform exclusively for CAs. Starting the Venture from scratch was an experience of a lifetime for them. It was never an easy ride, indeed David vs Goliath battle.
But Anurag and his wife were committed to finding employment opportunities and in future, also started training and certification programmes for commerce graduates to make them job-ready.
During his MBA days, he transformed this idea into a living venture which his wife manages it full time now.
EXPERTISE & PASSION
Although he is CA by profession, his core area of expertise is Financial Modelling and Valuation. As part of Strategy cell of various corporates, he has worked on large ticket size M&A deals, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Projects etc. which was an exhilarating experience.
Now as a passion, he also tries to disseminate these skillsets through online platforms like Udemy as well as workshops for educational institutes like a one recently done for IIM Sirmaur.
Anurag currently works in the Financial Modelling and Valuation space, also mentor start-ups. Through his YouTube channel, he tries to help youngsters to make an unbiased and informed decision while choosing their career path. The fact that he has 'been there, done that' in the corporate world makes him better positioned to explain the intricacies involved in the career.
FINANCIAL LITERACY OF INDIA
It’s quite a unique problem of India – a lot of people invest with understanding the risk they are getting into. AAA Ratings is zilch and thus how to manage ones hard-earned money is a major issue. He addresses some of it through his YouTube channel.
HELPING HAND OF PROFESSIONALS IN COMPLIANCE
Compliance is important and must not be viewed as a burden by entrepreneurs. Anurag thinks technology will be playing a major role here and professionals have to set the expectations. Professionals will continue to advise in areas of Valuation | Financial Modelling | M&A| Business Planning| Finance & Commercial | Accounting | MIS | Costing
He believes the attributes which someone needs to have in order to be successful as a professional is the combination of “EFFORTS + STRATEGY + LUCK”
EXPERIENCE WITH TEDx
Anurag says, how often do you hear someone quitting a well-settled job of more than Rs.10 lakhs and earn only about half of it, just to stay with his parents?
Facing his fear of losing out while giving up all job opportunities outside Kolkata, he looked for alternatives that would help his turn that fear into joy, and that is the message he wanted to deliver, He says "Sometimes I feel that the glass half full in Kolkata was much more enriching than the one I had relinquished a decade ago".
As a CA fresher, his resume had all the requisite bullets that a recruiter looked for - All India Ranks 22 and 25 in CA Final and Inter, 3 years Internship from Deloitte and ITC, Best Overall Student Award from St Xaviers just to name a few.
But being a believer in the joy of losing out rather than the fear of missing out, he sets himself apart from the "rat race" and happily optimised the decade of his stay in the city of Joy, without letting the economic stagnation affect him and his decisions.
ACHIEVEMENT & MILESTONE
He had lived an exciting life and own share of ups and downs. He got the prestigious CA Young Achiever–Manufacturing Sector Award at 6th ICAI Awards, 2013 was indeed one memorable part.
GOALS & VISION
Anurag got a different vision in his life, he wants people to be happier and focus on living more meaningful lives. He has been spending a lot of time on a mentoring assignment, cracking job interviews, securing admissions in B-schools or coping with career issues.
He also tries to create a lot of thought-provoking content on his social media handles. Not just this, he also documents his ideas in the form of books, so that he can leave behind a legacy of ideas.
MESSAGE TO THE YOUNGSTERS
In today's era, the pressure to perform is high and expectations are even higher when it comes to youngsters who want to make it big. He would rather suggest that take it easy and sometimes its ok to flow with the wind.
Networking is very important for your career -- connect with your peers, seniors and fellow professionals. If possible, find a mentor who can guide you.
EXPERIENCE WITH CLIQTAX
CLIQTAX by Nitin is a wonderful initiative to connect professionals with those seeking their services – addressing the information asymmetry in the market.
CLIQTAX extends heartiest wishes to CA ANURAG SINGAL for his journey as a mentor and entrepreneur. Kudos to him for such an amazing interview.
EDITED BY TEAM CLIQTAX
Want to get your business journey featured on CLIQTAX ? Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org