What’s it like to be an accountant? Well, that is a tricky question, as no two days are the same! My workload can vary from hour to hour, which definitely keeps me on my toes! The work I ultimately do differs depending on the time of year and what the next deadline is. There are always tax advisory pieces to do, as these come in all year round.
How did you get your job?
I didn’t start at Grant Thornton in the most conventional way. I decided that I wasn’t going to university; my A-levels were fast approaching and I had a mild panic that I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself! I attended the Jersey Skills Show and visited the stand of a local accountancy firm to ask for work experience. Following completion of my exams, I was lucky to secure a role as a trainee accountant. After a few years in the role, I approached Grant Thornton. Unbeknown to me, they were in the process of acquiring my current employer’s book of business, so I switched roles seamlessly. The rest, they say, is history.
What motivates you in this role?
My employer and my colleagues. I wouldn’t have progressed in my career in the way that I have, if it weren’t for Grant Thornton. The company values promote a positive working environment where people enjoy working together, whilst providing opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals from all over the world.
Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
I am a bit of a perfectionist and don’t like getting things wrong – but making mistakes and learning from them is a highly important skill to master. I learn new things everyday, so there is a lot of learning in front of me.
What are the three most important skills required for your role?
Organisation – Being able to work independently and manage your workload is important.
Being inquisitive – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This enables me to know my clients better and provide more comprehensive tax advice and a better service.
Communication – Being able to communicate with clients and colleagues effectively is a must.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
Speak to as many people in the profession as you can. Try to gain work experience as it really helps you get an understanding of the sector you are looking to work in. In all honesty, before undertaking work experience I didn’t even know what an accountant did!
I went on a secondment working for the government on the Falkland Islands a few years ago. It has to be the most unique place I have ever visited! I had to board two military flights where I was the only civilian on board!