I graduated with a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Exeter in 2017. Post-graduation, I knew I wanted to become an Accountant, however I was not sure exactly what type of accounting I wanted to do. I moved to London and worked at a television company as a Royalties Assistant on a contract basis for three months while considering my next steps. It was at this point I realised I wanted to start studying for an accountancy qualification, primarily a career decision, but also because I love learning.
I moved to another company as a Financial Analyst and decided to start studying the ACCA. However, I quickly became frustrated because I felt there was something missing from my current position. I now look back and I think I was lacking genuine interest in the work I was doing, and decided it was time to find a career I was truly passionate about. I always had an interest in the police and financial crime (focal topics of my dissertation), so I began to look for opportunities as a Forensic Accountant.
I phoned what seemed like hundreds of recruitment companies at the time, to be met with apologies that the roles required either a qualified accountant, or someone with experience from a practice with an audit background.
I pushed on and thought to myself, I’ll phone one more company and then give up until I’m qualified, and to my delight, they happened to know someone looking for Junior Forensic Accountants!
With no experience in Forensic Accounting, and only part qualified, I went to the interview and talked through my genuine passion to work in Forensic Accounting, where it all started and where I hoped it would lead in the future. After a telephone interview, logic test, and two face to face interviews with various members in the team, I was delighted to receive an offer for the position.
Ever since, I wake up every day with an excitement to come to work and find out what is happening with our different cases. From investigations into fraud, money laundering, director misfeasance, tax evasion, disputes, and with different clients in multiple countries, the work is interesting and varied and I would encourage anyone who is interested in investigations and disputes to consider a career in Forensics.
I began the job in April 2019 and have since passed two exams and have just sat Financial Management (FM). This exam was a massive challenge for me, but I am excited to see my results, and fingers crossed, become a finalist.
When I think to myself, I cannot wait for this to be over, I remember why I started and where I will be at the end.
The ACCA is not easy, and it was not designed to be easy. When I received my results in September, I was proud to learn I was one of the candidates who had passed the Audit and Assurance (AA) exam, and it is that feeling that keeps me going!