‘No two days are ever the same’
Published: 29 Sep 2015
Name: Aileen Rollo
Job title: Business Advisory Analyst
Works at: Hall Morrice, Aberdeen
Qualifications: First Class Honours Degree in Accountancy and Finance from the Robert Gordon University.
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE?
Working for an accountancy firm the size of Hall Morrice means that I am dealing with a wide range of different clients and industries on a regular basis – so no two days are ever the same.
At the moment I am mainly involved in the preparation of a variety of our clients’ VAT returns and the day-to-day processing and record keeping of one of our larger clients.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
Working within a friendly office environment, surrounded by people who are knowledgeable and passionate about making a difference to clients’ businesses.
Equally, my colleagues are always willing to assist in any queries I may have and help ensure all deadlines are met on time.
The company has a long-standing commitment to training its people, in particular through its annual graduate programmes.
A number of staff members who started their careers with the firm are now in managerial and director roles. This has proved helpful to me as senior colleagues can share their advice and experiences from when they were in my position and it gives me a goal to work towards.
YOUR JOB’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Each client is unique so it is always a case of being thorough in your work to identify any potential solutions that would help enhance their business processes.
Whenever I’m starting a project on behalf of a new client, it can take time to familiarise yourself with what makes their business tick to help ensure we are always providing the best possible level of
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?
To become a qualified chartered accountant in three years’ time. With this goal in mind, I have recently started a three-year training contract with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
The company actively supports members of staff who are studying for exams by providing time off to complete their studies, while it also equips those on the graduate programme with laptops to assist with their studies and research.
Everyone at Hall Morrice has been very supportive and my managers always take steps to ensure that my current workload does not impact on my studies, particularly around exam time.
The company also provides opportunities for further training and development such as arranging set classes outside the office and mock exams in the lead up to the real thing.
BEST CAREER ADVICE?
I would encourage students nearing graduation to gain a wide variety of industry experience and try to secure a work placement with a firm to expand on the theory they have learnt at university to help understand how it works in practice.
I was fortunate to be offered a 12-month placement within Hall Morrice as part of my third year university course, after which I was offered a full-time position following graduation.
This was a great help in allowing me to focus on completing my studies, without the worry of searching for a suitable job. During my placement year, I was assigned a mentor who had herself been in my position prior to qualifying as a chartered accountant.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was able to dramatically increase the knowledge I had already gained at university, which proved a great help in my understanding of the work involved during my final year.
I was also able to work with a broad range of clients; completing year-end accounts, management accounts and VAT returns, which helped enhance my knowledge of different areas of accountancy and how these influence one another.