We caught up with the Steven a trainee Chartered Accountant working for Bord na Móna .
Q. What area of the business are you working in?
I work for Bord na Móna in the finance team in the Horticulture business and will soon be moving placement into the Purchases to Pay function with Bord na Móna’s new Financial Shared Service Centre.
Q. What did you study in college/prior to Chartered Accountancy?
I obtained a degree in Business Management from the Carlow Institute of Technology. I spent 3 years working as a sales administrator for a large energy company before I began studying with Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Q. What attracted you to Chartered Accountancy?
When studying Business Management there were accountancy modules which I always found interesting. After a few years of working in sales administration I decided to further my education and follow a career in Accountancy. During college I heard that if you wanted to become a professional accountant then Chartered Accountants Ireland were the best training body in the country.
Q. Tell us about training in a commercial company?
From training with a commercial company I’ve had exposure to a more active business role and have been involved in the businesses accounts from start to finish. Working in a commercial company has provided me with a chance to deal with people in different parts of the business rather than focusing entirely on the accounting side.
Q. Describe your career at Bord na Móna to date?
So far I’ve had the opportunity to work with the finance departments in AES and Horticulture. Part of the graduate programme in Bord na Móna is the rotation of placements in different parts of the company which gives us exposure to a lot of different areas. This gives us an overall experience and an insight into different areas of the company. It’s clear from the work and training we receive that there will be plenty of opportunities within Bord na Móna when we qualify.
Q. What unique skills do you think a Chartered Accountant can bring to the table?
I think the technical knowledge that is taught to students in lectures is directly applicable in day-to-day business. After two years of study I’ve been able to partake in discussions about standards with other financial accountants.
Q. Tell us about your studies with Chartered Accountants Ireland?
This year I’m studying for the FAE’s in the Dublin 2 group. The lectures tend to be on at the weekends with lectures also available online which makes things a bit easier. I passed the CAP2 exams while doing the Distance programme last year. The distance programme requires a lot of discipline but is very well structured with lots of support available to students.
Q. What skills have you developed as a result of studying accountancy?
I definitely developed the ability to deal with pressure better. The timed exams have also made it much easier to deal with deadlines in work. I always try to think of improved ways of doing things in work, combining this with the accountancy knowledge I have developed, my ideas have been put into practice and work very well.
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Accountant? Get in touch via email or call us on (ROI) 1890 28 29 28 /
(NI) 0044 28 9043 5840 (9-5 Mon-Fri) and we’ll talk you through the different study options available to you.