After finishing my GCSEs I went onto college to study AAT for two years.
After completing that, I went to the University of Northampton to study a BSc in Accounting and Finance which I achieved a 2:1 in. this was enough for me to secure a job in accounts, however I then realised that I would not be able to progress as far as I wanted without CIMA status (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). I’ve almost finished the second level of this and hope to be qualified by November 2016.
The construction industry can be very fast paced and demanding, so as long as you’re willing to work hard then it is definitely worth it.
|Employer||Barratt Homes Northampton Division|
The majority of my work is ad hoc projects that highlight to key management areas where we may improve as a business. That is particularly rewarding when these reports get rolled out across the region. My main set duties require me to report on weekly and monthly performance in various forms that will highlight areas where we are under or overachieving. I also assist with the preparation of monthly accounts.
I get to visit sites and see the production...which has helped me see construction as a whole, not just the spreadsheet.
My favourite thing about my job is the variation that you get – it’s not often something you find in most finance environments. In some of my previous roles, there had been very little scope for being creative or getting out of the office. But now in my current position, I get given the aims of the report and what people would like to see on it, and then I get to create the report however I like, keeping in minds the requirements I’ve been given.
The best part of this is at staff conferences, when my work is used in presentations and everyone can see it. I also get to visit sites on a regular basis and look at the production, which has really helped me see construction as a whole, rather than just the spreadsheet.
Mondays can be quite demanding, as I need to report on all the previous week’s activities and to ensure that all the information is still relevant, I have very tight deadlines in which the reports need to be delivered. Once I’ve hit those deadlines, I can then relax a bit and get on with my other work, which is always a highlight for me on a Monday.
My main focus at the moment is to become a Chartered Accountant, and then once I’ve completed that I would like to take on a more senior position where I could make decision that would affect the company.
A career in construction can be highly rewarding as you’re building the biggest things in the world. In my case, the most expensive thing that people will buy (their home). The construction industry can be very fast paced and demanding, so as long as you’re willing to work hard then it is definitely worth it.