Date posted: 9/12/2020 4 min read

Making career choices with Rishabh Tandon CA

Peter Rupp FCA, President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, hears from Rishabh Tandon CA, Strategy Lead for Music Publishing at Google-owned YouTube, how a growth mindset helped him land his dream job overseas on the Gen CA podcast

In Brief

  • Accounting skills and knowledge can be transferable between industries
  • International networking and relationships are highly valuable
  • Having an open mind is the key to success

Have you watched a music video on YouTube lately? Serving more than 2 billion monthly active users, 90% of the most watched content on the platform is music video. So how did one Australian accountant come to be involved with music licensing strategy for the world's most famous video platform?

Rishabh Tandon CA works in his dream job as Strategy Lead for Music Publishing at Google-owned YouTube. But it wasn't always his dream. Tandon originally thought his career would happen exclusively within accounting and advisory firms. As his experience and professional networks grew and his mindset for growth developed, he realised he could try transferring his skills to other markets and industries. His first leap was overseas.

"I'd always known that I wanted to live and work overseas. So after a few years at EY, I decided to take the plunge and move to the US, where I did some contracting for a few months before moving into the M&A advisory practise at KPMG," Tandon explains.

"After a few years in consulting, I realised that I really wanted to be responsible for something from start to finish, and be able to see the wider picture. And I knew I had those skills that I could transfer to industry, and that's what led me down the avenue which led me to my role at Google"

According to Tandon, one of the elements he loves most about his job is the variety of opportunities it affords with regards to innovation, and how his work has a positive impact in the world.

"Part of my role includes valuing the rights that music labels and publishers give us so that we can pay the artists, songwriters, and composers fairly for their content. The other part of it includes internal strategic projects to ensure that we have the right infrastructure and cross-functional alignment in place to be able to do this," Tandon explains.

"I realised that I really wanted to be responsible for something from start to finish, and be able to see the wider picture. And I knew I had those skills that I could transfer to industry."
Rishabh Tandon CA, Strategy Lead for Music Publishing at YouTube.

"Gone are the days where consumers purchase physical CDs or download individual songs. We now effectively have the entire global music catalogue in our pocket at all times, which is completely revolutionising the way that we're able to discover new music. It's really cool working for a company that doesn't sit still and is always looking for new and innovative ways to connect people with music."

Networking plays an important role in any career journey. Having good relationships within your sector, as well as among your employers, colleagues and clients, can be key to your consideration for competitive roles.

"To land a role at a company you want to work at, I think a lot of it also comes down to who you know. I knew people at both KPMG and Google who vouched for me when I was applying, but of course it still then comes down to you to show that you have the ability to deliver during your interviews," says Tandon.

"As long as you're willing to adapt and change, show your ability to help others, learn from others, and be a team player, you will be able to drive your career further."

The CA designation has afforded Tandon opportunities to take his career as an accountant abroad that he wouldn't have had otherwise. Doing so has not only helped him land a role at a company that he wanted to work for, but has also given him an opportunity to satisfy his wanderlust.

"I've been in the US now for almost seven years, and regret absolutely nothing. And I think having that ability to start off my career in Melbourne, leverage that to come to the US, do some different types of consulting, and then being able to move into industry and do that, has been incredible," says Tandon.

"The CA designation opens up so many doors overseas. Despite COVID-19 it's only really a matter of time before CA's in Australia and New Zealand can experience different cultures and apply their skills in far-flung destinations again."

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Rishabh Tandon CA reveals how a growth mindset helped him land his dream job. Listen to this insightful interview with Peter Rupp FCA, President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, on the Gen CA podcast. Subscribe via your favourite podcast app.

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