Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:06

Endless Opportunities

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2014 I knew I wanted to work for a sociable organisation which would challenge me daily, support me through my continuous learning and that shows it listens and adapts as technology, regulations and work life norms develop. AAB is a place which provides all of this.

I started at AAB in August 2014 in the audit department and within my first week I was out at client site helping on my first job. I was given responsibility and had to take ownership of my own workload and tasks from week one which I really enjoyed. The variety of audit clients from large international businesses to small Aberdeenshire charities means every job is different and there is always something new to learn.

After finishing my chartered accountancy qualification in September 2017, I knew I was keen to see what other opportunities there were as a CA outside the audit department but within AAB. In October 2017 I was given the opportunity to go on a 9-month external secondment to work as the financial controller for an oil and gas company. This was a great experience to work in industry and see how it is to be on the 'other side' of an audit.

When my secondment was coming to an end I was starting to think of what I wanted to experience next when I received an email from one of the audit partners regarding the chance to apply for a secondment to Sydney, Australia to work for a business advisory company for 4 to 5 months. It did not take long before I had submitted my CV, completed 2 skype interviews and was boarding my flight to jet off to see what the lifestyle 'down under' was really like.

Working and living in Sydney really was an experience of a lifetime. It gave me the opportunity to see how another professional service company operates, what it is like to work in a different culture and learn from having exposure to new clients and people. I also enjoyed embracing the Ozzie lifestyle by trying to surf and throwing some shrimp on the barbie whenever possible.

After returning from Sydney I could see that the Virtual Finance Function (VFF) department, which deals with helping to develop and deliver the best possible solution for clients when outsourcing their finance role, had really taken off. Having only been back from Australia for 5 months I then transferred from being an audit assistant manager to the VFF team and once again I left my comfort zone to try something new. Having now been in the VFF team for nearly 6 months I know this move was right for me.

The vast number of opportunities available to all employees means everyone can develop their career in a way which is right for them and for me this is just one of the reasons why I enjoy my working at AAB.

Kirsty Greenhill, Business Advisory Group Assistant Manager