After over 10 years in retail management, I started my accountancy journey in 2018. I began studying AAT in my spare time and joined Anderson Barrowcliff in the September of that year. Working in the Outsourcing department I was able to develop my industry experience and harness my people skills and build excellent client relations.
In the summer of 2021 I took the difficult decision to take up a new challenge at an alternative practice, however, a year later I have returned in a new role working within our business and audit departments. My day-to-day role currently centres around enhancing my technical knowledge across a wide range of clients and also helping with my colleagues’ development wherever I can.
My year away from the business allowed me to appreciate the value the firm place on its people. At Anderson Barrowcliff everyone is always developing and there is a real sense of teamwork, which is further enhanced by the regular social activities and team building exercises we engage in.
I’m now part way through my ACCA qualification which I’m hoping to complete in early 2024.
Away from work my time is mostly a mixture of revision coerced with some extremely enjoyable chaos, in the form of time spent with my three wonderful children. I’m also a football fanatic whether it be playing 7-a-side, watching Newcastle United with my now football mad son, or getting far too involved in fantasy football, I’m always a little obsessed! It’s a pleasant distraction from the busy hectic life of a mature student with kids! It’s also fair to say, things are looking a lot more positive for my favourite team in black and white, so I’m sure this obsession will become even more unbearable for my colleagues in the years to come!
My favourite quote I like to live by is: “Happiness is always having three holidays booked at any one time”.
This was said to me by a former colleague who always made the most of her leisure time. I love having things to look forward to like caravan holidays with family and friends or a bit of sunshine when I can get it. I think you definitely have to make time to enjoy both life and work.