Rachel Kane - Trainee Accountant at Saffery Champness
There were a number of benefits which attracted me to Saffery Champness. I knew the role was within Film and TV which I felt would be an interesting take on accounting.
Why did you choose a job in this sector/profession?
Throughout school and college, I was always more driven towards numbers. I studied Marketing in college which I knew early on was not a career I saw for myself. However, throughout the degree we had various accounting modules which I loved and knew that was where my strengths lay. In my final year, I continued to apply for jobs in this profession.
What attracted you to your role?
There were a number of benefits which attracted me to Saffery Champness. I knew the role was within Film and TV which I felt would be an interesting take on accounting. I still love to see productions we’ve worked with on the TV. I also was really keen to avoid large companies and be part of a small team. I knew the value I could contribute would be appreciated and that recognition was important to me.
How did it tie in with your overall career plans?
There is a clear progression plan within Saffery’s which is great as there is no ambiguity on ‘what’s next’. It is also nice seeing the team you work within promote internally as it encourages everyone to continue progressing.
What are your main duties/roles?
While I’m currently based in Dublin and am regularly in the Dublin office, I predominantly work with our London Film and TV team in accounts prep and audit. This would also require the calculation of the UK film incentive. Working with the London team has been a great opportunity as I have exposure to larger clients and more technical accounts.
What skills are useful in this sector/profession?
I find while having a strong numerical mind is great, strong communication is so important in this profession. This is both internally to management and externally to clients. As a trainee, I find being able to communicate what I’m working on to management helps demonstrate an in-depth understanding which aids my learning and development. This also helps build and strengthen relationships with clients.
What would you like to achieve in the future?
Short term I would like to focus on becoming a qualified senior and then continue to progress my career.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to enter the profession?
Working full time and studying is tough but rewarding. If you are currently studying full time and working part time it will give a good indication of the balance required. My advice would be to keep in mind the end goal and the reason you want to go down this career path.
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