Views and thoughts of experienced accountants at our career seminar

Kathryn Swan 22.05.2018

Our informative career seminar, held at the London office, offered the opportunity for qualified accountants to listen to our guest speakers discuss their personal careers and give invaluable career advice.

“Find a good work-life balance that’s the right fit for you”

Rob Thompson, Head of Financial Performance at The Bank of England

Rob started by talking through the beginning of his career, when he worked for Moores Rowland. He shared his views and advice about life at a medium sized firm. Like many qualified accountants, Rob worked in a number of roles before securing his current position at the Bank of England. He explained the varied and rewarding aspects of this current role, and the part he plays in ensuring the Bank’s financial sustainability as well as his responsibility acting as a strategic partner to the business by supporting new projects and ventures.

Always conduct thorough research.

“Relish any opportunity of self development”

Nick Stewart, Partner at EY Advisory

Nick explained that the route to his current role at EY had been possible because of his previous experience at Deloitte, Barclays and Deutsche Bank Advisory. At present, he is leading and building larger teams, working with a broad range of clients due to Brexit, ring-fencing, IBOR and regulatory change, as well as partaking in sales and business development. He highlighted the importance of continual self development - encouraging attendees to take any opportunity to focus on what’s important to you and make a change if it’s not happening.

“Variety of experience is important”

Ed Briggs, Group Head of PF&A at BT

Ed trained at Coopers & Lybrand / (PwC) where, as a CIMA trainee, he gained a range of experience in both finance and non-finance, which helped consolidate in his mind what he wanted to do in his roles post qualification. Now in his role at BT, Ed leads on group planning, capex, management reporting and commercial finance in this strategically focussed and business critical team - these are all areas that offer great exposure and involvement across the heart of the business.

You may make career mistakes, but learn from them, and move on.

Advice to newly qualifieds: Think carefully about your next move, and trust your instinct on both roles and organisations. Build business relationships and seek guidance and input.

Many thanks to our speakers for taking time to present, and thank you to all attendees, we hope that you found it useful.

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