The two things newly promoted Manager Karthik Natarajan enjoys the most are working with people and working with numbers, in that order. That’s what has kept him at RHN for over five years.
“One of our Directors, John Nagy, once told me that numbers tell a story, and as an accounting firm, it’s our job to figure out what that story is,” says Karthik. “That approach always stuck with me, and it still plays a role in my work today.”
While Karthik’s personality and interests seem to be a natural fit for accounting, the path to his current role wasn’t a straightforward journey.
“I initially wanted to go to med school, but realized that wasn’t my path after finishing my science degree in Toronto,” he explains. “So I thought, how else can I use the skills I’ve gained so far, without having to start all over?”
As he searched for an answer, the Diploma in Accounting Program (DAP) at UBC soon caught Karthik’s attention. He knew accounting would be of interest, but hadn’t yet found an option to pursue the career without completing a second undergraduate degree. So, he packed up and moved across the country to begin a new path in a totally new direction.
Fast forward to 2018, when Karthik started his first accounting job as a Client Services Accountant at the RHN Richmond office. “I had heard of RHN before through school, but I wasn’t fully familiar with their approach until I started working here,” he says. “Basically since day one, I’ve felt like the environment was a great fit for me.”
The opportunity to work his way up to Manager is something Karthik doesn’t take for granted. “Going back to school, switching careers and finishing a diploma while working was a challenge, but I truly believe if I can do it, anyone can do it,” he says. “I take a lot of pride in the work I get to do at RHN—serving clients, solving their problems—and I’m looking forward to doing even more of that as a manager.”
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