Returning to work after a career break can be a challenging and exciting time. Kavita Sharma talks about how she diversified her career path and met those challenges head on.
- When did you join Deloitte and what is your role?
I joined Deloitte in September 2017 through the Return to Work Programme. I am a Manager in Transaction Services in the Birmingham office.
- What is your educational background?
I did a degree in Accountancy and Economics at Southampton and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen, London. I recently studied New Economic Powers BRICs at the University of Oxford.
- What made you pursue a career in your field and why did you apply to Deloitte?
Having worked in industry for nearly ten years, I fancied re-inventing myself and taking on a new challenge as part of returning after a career break. I’d been involved in a few transactions previously - including my own purchase of a company out of liquidation – and wanted to formalise that experience in a professional services firm. I chose Deloitte as it offered the best Return to Work Programme by far.
- What do you like best about working for Deloitte?
I’m really enjoying exploring the vast opportunities open to me here in Transactions, and beyond. I like my career to be diverse and enjoy challenging myself. I had an amazing career mentor previously (he is still a great friend) and similarly, at Deloitte, my sponsoring Partner is proving instrumental in guiding me to achieve my potential. I hope to navigate the firm with her support. Being able to work flexibly is great too as it enables me to strike a good work-life balance.
- What are your interests in or out of work?
I lead a very busy life with two young daughters and their various social engagements – which are far more interesting than mine! In my ‘spare’ time, I volunteer for a local before/after school club, (try and) keep fit by swimming, running, long walks in the countryside, and enjoy Sunday evenings on the sofa watching family movies. I also love travelling and have taken off several times with friends in between jobs. My most memorable escapade was a voluntary sabbatical for a year travelling with my husband.