Name: Lindsay Griffin
Degree and university: Plymouth University, BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminal Justice.
Job title: Trainee Accountant, Hodgsons.
What do you actually do? I prepare financial statements for a range of clients such as, Limited Companies, Partnerships and Sole Traders. As part of the preparation of the accounts I draft tax computations for the relevant entities. I also undertake audits for our larger clients.
Were you always interested in finance/accountancy as a career? I left college wanting to join the Navy as an Officer, so was advised to go to University and gain a degree to help my chances within this career. Whilst at University I reconsidered my options and decided I wished to start a career in accountancy.
How did you find out about this particular career/job? Further to my ambition of becoming an accountant I researched the profession and the various training routes to the differing qualifications. I then applied for a training position that was advertised in the local paper and to my delight Hodgsons welcomed me as part of their growing organisation.
Would you undertake further study in order to gain promotion? At present I am concentrating on passing my current exams to complete this stage of my career and further enhance my practical experience. Once I have achieved this level of qualification, I would like to progress further within both Hodgsons and the profession itself.
What do you like most about your job? I always like to have targets and within accountancy everyday poses a new challenge. The diversity of the work I undertake ensures a well rounded knowledge of accounts, and there are always opportunities for me to stretch myself and constantly learn about new issues.
Are there any downsides to what you do? I don’t feel there are any negative aspects to my career. I am fully supported within my workplace by both Hodgsons and my colleagues, and therefore feel prepared for any issues I may face.
What do you think are the most important skills/strengths you need to make a success of what you do? Naturally, the qualification provides the foundations to my career in the accountancy profession. However this needs to be coupled with the ability to communicate effectively with both colleagues and clients. The further I progress with my training, and the more client contact I have, will enable me to advise clients commercially on their business needs.
What would be your best piece of advice for graduates wishing to come into this sector? This profession is extremely rewarding, however, requires dedicated individuals to undertake the extensive training qualifications. Therefore, any potential graduate considering this career needs to appreciate the intensity of the studying they will face.
Is there anything else you would like to add? The beauty of accountancy is that there is a wide variety of paths that can be taken, both pre and post qualification. This will ensure that throughout my career I will face many opportunities that are motivational, which will continually enhance my knowledge.