4 Takeaways From Our What Is The Next Step For Your Finance Career Webinar
Posted by Kate Green
I would like to thank everyone who joined us for Pro Finance’s latest webinar about Your Career in Finance, and a special thanks to our panel speakers, Jamie Cassell (Saffery Champness), Grant Lee (PWC) and Darsh Shah (Adler Shine) for participating. I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was an entirely beneficial event, and it was a real pleasure to listen to the advice and experiences of three industry-leading Partners within the world of practice! For those who missed out, not to worry! Below I have summarised the key points from the webinar, covering Specialisms, Firms, Career Advancement and Career Progression. 1. SPECIALISMS Darsh Shah (Adler Shine) began his career in Audit, however, benefited from the internal secondment opportunities within Corporate Finance and Not for Profit. Now he is able to keep his fingers in all the pies, so to speak, assisting Adler Shine’s Corporate Finance team as well as acting as Audit RI! Grant Lee (PWC) also highlighted the difficulty in making Director or Partner without having done a secondment into another line of service or territory. Saffery Champness offer their staff broad client exposure, and Jamie Cassell encourages his staff to focus on a couple of sectors they have a strong presence in, as they move up the promotional ladder. The verdict: Grab those opportunities to gain exposure to different service lines and specialisms, early on! Afterall, another string to your bow can only further your career later on in your finance career. 2. FIRMS All three of our guest panelists came from such different backgrounds and trained and worked in firms of varying size - each of them having their own individual merits. The Big 4 not only offers global reach but can provide alternate career paths internally. A Top 20 firm such as Saffery Champness offers a gratifying and varied workload with a broad range of sectors and client contact early on in one’s career. Finally, a “big little award-winning firm” such as Adler Shine allows you to have direct say on strategy and growth due to the close Partner group. The verdict: Decide on where you gain most job satisfaction. Is it in the variety of the work? Is it the potential to move service lines or for international travel? Or do you want to directly contribute to a firm’s strategy? 3. CAREER ADVANCEMENT It was great to hear how seriously firms are taking career development, offering counselling managers, yearly appraisals, a dedicated Learning & Development department for high-quality training and CPD support, as well as the very important; salary reviews! The verdict: Make the most of your firm’s excellent training and development facilities. Accountancy practices are eager to develop their staff and help them reach their full potential quickly – so make sure you have clear objectives laid out in your appraisals and a strategy of how you are going to reach these goals! 4. CAREER PROGRESSION In order to progress and be a success, love what you do! If partnership is your long-term goal, ensure you engage in Business Development early on to get a true taster. Motivation is the key factor and having a passion for what you do – by going the extra mile people will notice you and in turn truly support your career ambitions and help you to reach them in a desirable time frame. The verdict: Differentiate yourself from your peers with your diverse experience through secondments, and never be overlooked for a promotion again! A career in finance offers an abundance of different paths you can follow, from sector specialisms to crossing service lines. Each firm has its own merits, whether it is a Big 4 or a smaller, strong independent and just remember in order to succeed it’s important to love what you do. Take advantage of professional development your firm can offer you, and if you think you’re not getting enough out of your current role - make that change today.