Degree and university: Biology (2.1), Newcastle University
Chartered body: Completed CTA exams
Job title: Corporate tax supervisor at Grant Thornton
When did you decide to pursue a career in accounting and why?
I had a gap year after uni, and during that time I decided I was interested in tax. I’d done some law work experience, and my degree was very numbers–based. Tax seemed a way of combining the legal side with numbers.
What did the application process for your current job involve?
There is an online application form. You then you have a telephone interview. Then you come into the office to do a group exercise and have a couple of interviews.
What do you do on a typical day?
I have a portfolio of about 30 clients that I deal with throughout the year. I have meetings with clients from different businesses. I also do advisory work, so my job is varied.
How did you balance your workload with your studies?
Pretty well. I studied maybe three evenings a week. We did courses at a training centre where we spent differing amounts of time.
What is the most rewarding part about the job?
It’s enjoyable and all the people are nice. It makes coming into work fun.
What is the worst part?
Learning to combine studying with work. If you don’t put the effort in, you won’t do well.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in accountancy?
Research the type of firm and the type of people you want to work with. Different accountancy firms offer different things: some work longer hours, some offer international travel, some are more friendly. If you’ve got questions, ask.