This week in our #WeareMazars series we’re speaking to Hemehra Sajid, a Senior Internal Auditor based in Birmingham. Hemehra shares with us what made her want to become an internal auditor, what has contributed most to her success and how she faces challenges when times get tough.
Hi Hemehra, can you tell us about your role at Mazars?
I’m a Senior Internal Auditor primarily within the RAS public sector, where we deal with social housing, education, and police.
What made you want to become an Internal Auditor?
I wanted to pursue my career path to increase my confidence – I was a very shy, reserved and unconfident person. I recognised that I needed to come out of my comfort zone and interact more with people, although I’m still seen as an introvert.
What are three things and three people who have contributed most to your success?
My faith and patience: everyone has their time and I’m a firm believer of this – things will happen at the best time for you. I have to thank my best friend Kieran for referring me to Mazars, as well as Narinder and Rob for hiring me! I owe much to my family and friends for their support and encouragement for me to chase my career goals.
What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?
One lesson I’ve learned about leadership is to only look down if you are helping someone up. I have a great management support network and I strive to be one of them, so that I can help to develop others too.
What’s one of the biggest advances you’ve seen at Mazars over the past 5 years?
I think that the firm has made a lot of progress with its diversity agenda. I love that Mazars and Management actively seek colleagues to develop and support which makes me proud to be part of Mazars and especially my team!
When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
Every day I make a point of taking a minimum of 10 minutes to be silent, breathe and have gratitude. I pray daily, which helps myself to remain calm and be strong. I am now also confident enough to approach the management team when I need support – otherwise I see every task as a challenge and try to turn any negative experiences to positive ones.
What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders?
Listen to those around you and especially junior members of your team. Help to develop junior team members to help them play to their strengths. Essentially, you can bridge the gap between junior and senior staff.
What can Mazars do to create a culture of inclusion?
Awareness is fundamental – many people are only “somewhat” aware of important dates and times in various faiths. To even take time to wish them in their celebration means a lot. I would like to see the firm celebrating all faiths’ occasions to ensure understanding, awareness and respect is at its highest amongst us.
Thank you to Hemehra for taking the time to speak to us.