Lauren didn’t waste time deciding on her career
It isn’t often you find someone who has decided their career path from a young age.
We tend to change our minds a lot before settling into one area, and even once we have decided on one route, further education or experiences in the working world can often also lead to more change.
This wasn’t the case for Lauren Wilson, accounting services adviser at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB); she was set on becoming an accountant from school.
Lauren, who is originally from Maryburgh, left school at 16 to study Accounting and Finance at Inverness College. Upon completion of her HNC, she moved to Aberdeen to study at Robert Gordon University and graduated in Accounting and Finance in 2015.
As part of her degree Lauren completed a year-long placement with AAB, and rejoined the firm as a graduate trainee in the firm’s accounting services team. In this role, Lauren was responsible for compliance and completing year-end accounts for clients but it has since developed to become a role focused on outsourcing and cloud accounting.
Demand for these types of services has been as a result of a number of changes in the accounting world, including the introduction of innovations like Making Tax Digital and the increase in cloud accounting. In turn, clients’ requirements have changed as they look to become more efficient by streamlining their processes and gaining better visibility of their businesses.
With a focus on the areas of cloud accounting and particularly outsourcing, Lauren has travelled across the country assisting clients and delivering their requirements in the way that best suits their needs. Most recently, her trips have led her to London and Edinburgh which has tied in nicely to AAB’s office opening in the capital.
Lauren said: “I have had so many new experiences through my role in outsourcing and worked with so many clients which has exposed me to all areas of a finance function.
“Although I am based at our Aberdeen HQ, I am spending more and more time in Edinburgh each week. There is a huge demand for our services in the central belt and the beauty with outsourcing is the service can be delivered anywhere; it really just depends on what the client’s requirements are and we will tailor our delivery to them. This exposes me to new opportunities in my role.
“When I decided to become an accountant all those years ago I could have never anticipated all of the changes which would occur within the accounting world which would impact my future career. I always knew I wanted to be an accountant but the reality is so different and more exciting than I could have anticipated.”
It is refreshing to see someone who knew their career path so early still be so passionate about it. Lauren is looking forward to continuing to adapt to new changes within her industry for the benefits of her clients and her own career, wherever in the UK or indeed the world this takes her to.