All posts by Duncan Brodie

Are You Actively Managing Your Accounting Career?

When I started out in accounting in 1980 things were very different.  Back then people tended to stay in jobs for longer.  Employers tended to take care of continuing professional development.  Some bigger employers actually had their own training centre where they ran courses. Nowadays things are very different.  There’s far greater consolidation going on within […]

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Is A Lack of Self Confidence Getting In The Way of You Progressing In Your Accountancy Career?

You set out on your accounting career.  You work hard and get through your exams.  The future looks bright.  Time passes and it seems like you are not making the progress that you had hoped.  Sadly this is more familiar a scenario than you might think. When you think about your situation chances are you will:Talk about the […]

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Answering The Job Interview Question About Your Strengths

In a job interview there are certain questions that you are almost guaranteed to be asked. A question about your strengths falls into that category. In many respects this should be a real gift of a question.  Yet over the last 25+ years I’ve noticed it’s a question many accountants and professionals struggle with. Why? There’s actually several reasons:They […]

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How To Be A Great Listener

Communication gets mentioned a lot. Yet often it is a lack of listening that gets in the way of progress and results in organisations.In this video I share some tips on what you can do to be a better listener.

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How To Make The Transition To Finance Business Partner

The role of accountants in business, whether in private or public sector is changing.Technology is making it possible to do a lot of tasks quicker.More routine tasks are being outsourced or eliminated.In other words times are changing.In this screencast video I share some thoughts on how to successfully transition from a traditional management accounting role […]

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Avoid One Dimension Job Search

Accountants and professionals have plenty of job boards that they can use for job search.  There really is no shortage of sources of opportunities. Yet often finding that next job is a real struggle.  It seems strange that this is the case.  On the other hand what I’ve noticed is that a lot of accountants and professionals […]

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How To Really Do Well In Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are challenging.  They are also a great opportunity for you. Sadly many accountants and professionals struggle in job interviews. It’s not that they are not capable.  Often they just don’t do what’s necessary to perform really well. Check out the video above and discover what to do to make sure that you perform well in job […]

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Finance Business Partnering: Is It Really That Different To A Traditional Management Accounting Role?

Look at job descriptions or job adverts for many accounting jobs in industry, commerce or the public sector and chances are you will see Finance Business Partnering mentioned. There is no doubt in my mind that accounting has changed a lot since I started out in 1980. Back then it was definitely a back office function. Of […]

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How To Be Much More Effective In Your Accountancy Job Search

Landing your next job in accountancy is often a challenge.  Even for good candidates. One thing that I’ve noticed is a tendency to adopt what I refer to as the spray and hope strategy. The problem with this approach is you put in a lot of effort and don’t necessarily get the results they want. The reality is […]

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The Challenge for Accountants When It Comes To Their CV and How to Overcome It

I was doing a consultation with a highly experienced finance professional a while back.We had previously spoken about their CV by email.  I’d shared some tips along with a free guide.  They had reworked their CV several times. Even after several re-drafts it still fell short of being good enough.Sadly this is not uncommon.  When […]

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