What To Do If You Are Stuck In Your Career

If you are like most accountants and indeed professional people, you got qualified in your field in order to help you move on and move up in your career. You might be doing really well or you might be finding it a struggle. If you feel stuck and struggling right now, what can you do […]

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Book Review: How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie have just released the 2nd edition of their book, How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life. Having worked in two of the Big 4 accounting firms and witnessed first hand the sacrifices partners had to make and the challenges they faced, I was keen to see what wisdom […]

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What I Learned About Leading From Being A Finance Director In The NHS

When we start out in our career, most of us want to go as far they can in their career. For me it was always about challenging myself to see if I could perform at the next level. Over the years I climbed the career ladder from Payments Clerk to Finance Director. So what did […]

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What Makes The Best Managers Different?

Being promoted to a management role is a significant achievement. For many professional people following a traditional career path, the step up to managing can be a challenge. I guess in many respects that is not that surprising. After all there is a lot less predictability, certainty and everything is not within your control. Yet […]

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What to think about when going from industry into a senior position in practice

You are considering moving from industry into a senior role in practice. Perhaps you started your career in practice? But what do you really need to know to take a fully-informed decision to move into practice at a senior level, perhaps even at partner level? In this blog post, Heather Townsend, author of ’How to […]

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How to Manage Staff

Picture the scene. You are doing a really great job. Lots of people are singing your praises. A job at the next level comes up and you get appointed. Now you have a small team of staff to manage. You might have done a few courses and maybe even read some books but you are […]

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What I Learned From My First Boss About Managing

My career in accounting started off in 1980. I was straight out of school and in my first job. Like everyone else I had no idea about being in the workplace. I was lucky enough to have a great boss called Bill who I learned so much from and whose wisdom and advice is just […]

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Focus On Improvement To Progress Your Career

I speak to a lot of accountants and professionals about their career. Many of them are keen to move forward in their career. When I probe a bit there is often a gap between desire, decision and action. When I started out in accountancy in the early 80’s time and experience usually got you to […]

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AIDA and Your CV

Your CV is your personal marketing document. If it’s effective recruiters will put you forward for roles. Employers will invite you for interview. If not it will end up the recycling or trash folder of someone’s computer. AIDA is talked about in terms of marketing products and services. If you think about it you are […]

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What 20% Change Can You Make To Be More Successful In Job Interviews?

Job interviews are both tough and demand. That should not be a surprise. After all you are asking an employer to make a significant investment if they offer you a role. Working with clients over the years I have noticed that it is often small changes that make a big difference to the results they […]

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