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Staff Feature - Alex Burnett

Alex Burnett

1. Your name and job title

Alex Burnett, Trainee Accountant

2. A little bit about yourself

I’m 23 years old and was born here on the Isle of Man. I went to King Williams College where I studied the International Baccalaureate (“IB”) and then went onto study Accounting and Finance for three years at the University of Liverpool.

3. What was your first job?

My first job was working as a site labourer for Cedar, which meant I did anything from cleaning to carrying materials on the site. I’m a big Liverpool FC fan so when I went to University, I got a job at the LFC shop which was good fun. I worked there in my second year and around Christmas time I was almost working full-time hours as it was so busy – it helped fund my time there!

4. What did you want to be when you were at school?

It varied quite a lot when I was younger; we went on holiday quite a bit so I always thought it would be pretty cool to be a pilot. However, as I got older, I started to show more of an interest in business and finance. I studied Business Studies while I was at school at both GCSE and IB higher, this helped in giving me a focus of what I would like to do going forward in my life.

5. What qualifications/training do you need for your job?

It depends which route you want to take, as there are quite a few options. As I studied for an accountancy degree at University, this meant that when I started my job I could go straight into my professional exams rather than having to sit the foundations courses. I’m now studying the ACCA qualification and attend classes at MPES. Ideally to join Browne Craine as a Trainee Accountant, you need to have at least three A-Levels (or equivalent) to a give you a good grounding for your future studies.

6. What is the best thing about your job?

The people I work with – I think it is so important to get on with your team as you spend so much time with them each day. Having a solid group around you helps ensure you stay motivated and have constant support, which is very helpful when you are still learning new things in your role. I also really enjoy the variation of work within my role and the wide variety of different tasks; it makes sure that no two days are ever the same.

7. What is the most difficult thing about your job?

The workload can be quite difficult because you can have lots of jobs on at the same time so it is knowing what you have on and then prioritising each job by their deadlines. We want to keep all of our clients happy so we have to work quickly and efficiently to ensure that we meet their expectations.

8. What are the most important qualities you need in your role?

Being able to multi-task, being organised and always being aware what is going on, not just in your job but with what your work colleagues are doing too. Jobs are not always that straight forward and quite often you will be doing one thing, before quickly having to move onto something else and then returning to what you were originally working on.

9. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into the same industry as you?

Be aware what it is you are committing yourself to, as working and studying for your career is tough. In this role your job is not “just a job”, you are in it for the long term with an end goal of becoming a fully qualified accountant, however, the commitment you are making helps you focus.

10. What do you do outside of work?

When I am not working or studying, I enjoy going to the gym, playing five a side, or watching films and new TV series. However, my favourite thing to do outside of work is going away with my friends whenever we can to let off some steam and have fun.

Peregrine Tiagnet ICAEW