Stefan O'Neill, Trainee Chartered Accountant, Crowe
How did you get your job?
My path into accountancy took the road less travelled. I actually did a social care degree in Waterford and then I moved into a business studies degree in Dundalk IT (DKIT). During my time in DKIT I developed a proficiency in accounting and noticed it was one of my strongest aspects. The actual [interview?] process itself is really relaxing, you can actually have a conversation. I met with one of the partners and the HR manager.
What does your job involve?
My job involves all sorts. Every day is different. You're dealing with different clients, from a multinational company to a small income tax return for let's say an elderly person. So you get a great grasp of everything in business. Day to day, we meet with the team first. We'll be assisting our partners on certain accounts that they'll be working on and they'll be working closely with you, which is a really good aspect when you're new to the job. Constantly you're given new work each day and there is so much support around you, be it a colleague or a senior or a partner or even a senior manager.
What skills are important to be successful?
The skill you need to be successful in your role is definitely communication. You're liaising and working closely with your manager and if you can effectively communicate with them it makes your job so much easier. Problem solving skills are also vital in accountancy. You're left to work on your own initiative a lot of the time to try and solve different problems. Also if you have great interpersonal skills working in a team environment you can build really good relationships around you. That's key for clients and for your atmosphere within work.
What do you love about your job?
What I love about my job is first of all the people I work with. When you go into a job and can enjoy the people and have a bit of fun while you're doing your job it's vital for anybody. I like being given new work every day; you're never doing the same thing. What Crowe offer you is the opportunity to rotate within the departments. For example, now I'm in audit but I'm also learning a bit about tax too. You're constantly working with other departments.
What advice would you give a first year student?
Improve on your IT skills. If you can come into the job with a bit more experience and try to get up to scratch with what you did in college it will make the whole process a little bit easier.