National Careers Week - Accountancy Case Study - Emma Langton

06 Mar 2018

Name: Emma Langton

Company: cbasadofskys Chartered Accountants

Job title: Audit and Corporate Manager

What does your role involve?

Preparing and reviewing company and small business accounts, management accounts and tax computations. Carrying out and reviewing audits for the larger companies. Managing a portfolio of small business clients and co-managing a small team of staff.

How long have you worked in accountancy?

Since leaving school, so 17 years.

Has much changed in the profession since you began?

As technology has developed certain elements have become more computerised. There has been a growing demand for up to date management information as well, rather than just historical accounts reporting, business owners are keen to monitor their business progress on a monthly or quarterly basis. Audit has changed a lot as well and become more risk based so there is a lot more thought behind it rather than just the testing work.

What do you think are the most important characteristics for an accountant?

To be organised and pay close attention to detail but also common sense so you can think about what the numbers mean in reality.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Meeting clients and getting to know their different businesses over the years. Also solving problems, it’s satisfying when something doesn’t balance or reconcile and then you get to the bottom of it!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever had from someone else about your career?

Often you need to break problems down into more manageable chunks rather than trying to tackle as a whole.

Looking back is there any other career path you might have followed instead?

No. I enjoy my job and am happy with my career choice!

What would you recommend a young person should do to be attractive to employers?

Show that you are keen and be eager to learn.

Anything else you would like to add…

I found going into accountancy straight from school a great alternative to university, you can learn on the job whilst you work and also study for exams and attend college on a day release basis. As a young person who wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career at the time, I found it to be the best of both worlds being able to study and work at the same time.

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