Marta Saltarska, Irish Cancer Society

Gen BODY - Marta Saltarska-min

Tell us about your academic background?

BA in English Philology, 2004, Poland

Why accountancy? 

It’s a qualification one can bring anywhere and use in any country.

Why Chartered Accountants Ireland?

I worked close to the CA House and got drawn in for an open evening one day after work. I decided to give it a go.

Can you explain the Flexible Route to someone who doesn't know what it is?

Allows you to do exams and gather required experience at your own pace.   

Where have you worked and what kind of roles have you been in?

I worked as an office manager at an engineering practice for 9 years, then for 1 year as Trainee Auditor at Comptroller and Auditor General. I then completed my training at Walsh O’Brien Harnett accountancy firm where I got to Audit Associate role and now I am a Financial Accountant at the Irish Cancer Society. 

Describe a typical day for you? 

Ensuring accounting records are accurate, liaising with senior management team, working on ad hoc projects, and feeling I’m doing something worthwhile. 

Is it flexible?

Yes, I am in a working environment which encourages work life balance. 

Can you see how someone who is not an accountant might benefit from this qualification?

I was not an accountant until I became one. The career path starts from an accounting job but may end up somewhere else.

Would you recommend the Flexible Route to others? Why?

Yes, I was my own master and did not have to endure additional pressure to pass exams to, in some cases, keep a job. It allows you to “try” it while keeping the existing job. 

What advice would you give someone who is considering the Flexible Route?

Be prepared for hard work but don’t forget to have fun, it’s a matter of good organization. 

What success are you looking for?

I’m looking for a balanced life, with a satisfying job that does not infringe on my private life. I’ve always wanted to work for a charity and that dream has come through. Not least thanks to the qualifications I obtained.

What are your future goals?

Become better and better at my job to benefit the organization I work for.