Throughout my studies in DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) for my post graduate diploma in accounting we completed a number of accounting related subjects. When I researched the different types of accountancy, I chose chartered as it covers a variety of core accounting subjects.
The Chartered Accountant's Ireland website provides prospective accountants with a list of Chartered Accounting practices that employ trainee accountants. It was through this website that I applied for a training position in Bluett Conran & Co., and was successful in my interview.
During my training contract I was appointed associate at Bluett Conran & Co. I have recently been appointed a Partner with Bluett Conran & Co and am embracing the challenges of this new role.
Describe a typical day?
Working in a small general practice it is difficult to describe a typical day as no two days are the same. During any one day I could work on an audit, complete tax returns, liaise with the other partners, supervise audits and accounts preparation, converse with clients, answer queries from clients or trainees and broaden my knowledge through researching. To a great extent the general practitioner operates as a "one stop shop" for clients. If we don't know the answer we will know where to go to find it.
Bluett Conran & Co. has a diversified client base and I find the wide range of matters that we deal with to be very interesting and rewarding. Apart from the normal accounting, audit and taxation services I have been involved in providing internal audits, assisting Executors in a number of complicated Estates and arranging pension and investment portfolios for clients. Every day is different and this is a major attraction for me.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
As I have recently been appointed a Partner in Bluett Conran & Co. my role is currently changing. At present, with the other partners, I prepare work plans for the office. I supervise and review work, including audits, tax returns, accounts preparation and any other work we undertake. I review clients financial portfolio's.
What are the main challenges?
Time management plays a vital role in my every day work. It is important to plan our work to ensure we provide a good quality service to our clients. It is necessary to be able to work on a variety of tasks in one day and sometimes it is challenging to change your mind frame from one subject to the next.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
Confidence and professionalism built on a solid grounding in accounting and taxation.
Good communication and team working skills.
What's not so cool?
Attending lectures after work is very challenging but when they are completed the rewards are there to reap.