Shamalie Elkin

Client Accountant

Mourant Governance Services

What does a typical working day look like? 

I work within the Global Client Accounting team at Mourant Governance Services and my role consists of accounting for a varied portfolio of private clients, corporate structures and funds. A typical day involves catching up with my immediate team, potentially having client calls, preparing any reporting or financials and working across the business with the administration teams on any client matters. 

How did you get your job? 

I joined Mourant earlier this year. My friend who works in recruitment suggested the role would be perfect for me.  

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?

Currently, I’m studying for my ACCA qualification which will continue to develop my accounting skills. The finance industry is always evolving and therefore we’re continuously maintaining our professional development. Mourant provides us with a great learning portal which gives us access to so many different external and internal resources to help us in doing so.  As I progress in the business, I look forward to developing my technical and leadership skills in order to help mentor other junior team members

What motivates you? 

Working with a diverse and likeminded team really motivates me. From the moment I started at Mourant Governance Services, it was obvious how important it is for the firm to nurture a culture where there is a genuine sense of belonging, by creating an inclusive workplace and championing equity, diversity and inclusion. Additionally, I feel like they appreciate the need to drive efficiencies and improve processes which overall enhances the client service that we provide. This is really important to me as it inspires me to want to progress with the firm. Also, working for a firm which is flexible and trusts its employees, not only motivates you but makes you proud to work for the firm! 

What are the three most important skills required for your role? 

To be successful in my role, I think you need to be forward thinking, easily adaptable and a problem solver. 

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

My advice is don’t be put off by the numbers! Accounting isn’t just number crunching – if you enjoy problem solving, taking ownership of your work and having the opportunity to work with a wide variety of different types of clients – I’d definitely give it a go. 

Accounting is so varied within the finance industry and there are lots of different avenues you can take. Having an accounting background can be so beneficial for a number of different roles within the industry. 

Tell us a fun fact

The earth is not flat!!

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