Having studied Accounting and Financial Management at University, I went on to complete a graduate scheme in audit/assurance at BDO LLP in London, where I qualified as a CA. After qualifying I spent a short time working for an investment bank and then decided to join the world of start-ups!
I have been working at Deliveroo for almost a year now, where I act as Finance Manager for the UK and Ireland. I look after Financial Reporting (monthly reporting to our investors and statutory annual reporting) and work closely with our Commercial Finance team to understand monthly variances as well as variances to our budget. I am the main point of contact for our auditors and also work closely with our tax and VAT team on all areas affecting the UK and Ireland. What’s great about working for a young company is that you can really influence how things are set up.
The CA qualification has opened many doors for me, career-wise. It is such a respected qualification which means that I could choose to work in most types of company, in most parts of the world. Not only did the qualification provide me with excellent technical skills, it also allowed me to gain invaluable business experience as you need to complete 450 days of work experience before you can qualify.
I would most definitely recommend the CA qualification. It is worth the hard work you have to put in to qualify as it opens up many career opportunities.