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Dipti Gulati

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
My dad was a certified public accountant (CPA), so I grew up hearing all about accounting as a career field.
In high school, I thought I wanted to be a doctor until I started taking biology and realized I couldn’t handle dissecting things.
Decided to apply to colleges as a business major—I initially resisted becoming an accounting major, until I took a few accounting classes and realized that was my true passion.
Attended Lehigh University, where I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Began interning at Deloitte before I graduated and later got a full-time job in their New York office working in the financial services sector.
Attended Columbia University, where I earned my master’s degree in finance.
Worked in Deloitte’s London office for three years before returning to New York; I’m now running our financial audit practice in the New York area.
I also serve as a board member for United Way of New York City, as well as a member of their audit and resource development committees.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
Lehigh University
Graduate
Finance
Columbia University - Columbia School of Business

Career

Partner

I am an audit partner responsible for leading global teams in the execution of audits for large financial institutions

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Working with Others

Day to Day

I work in an office setting with many different teams. I am often in different locations - visiting teams and clients, both domestically and globally. I collaborate often with a variety of people. As an auditor, I am responsible for verifying that a set of financials prepared by a company are accurate and being reported correctly.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Interpersonal skills are very important as we work with many different people. You have to be open-minded towards solving issues and being collaborative.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Study accounting in college! However, most of what I've learned as an auditor has come from on-the-job training, not school. Intern, volunteer, or shadow someone in the field to gain as much practical experience as you can. Take risks, take chances. Ask for help when you need it, but take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
graduate
Graduate
Finance

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't think I'm going to be successful. I don't think I can take on the large assignments and leadership roles."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Working Parent