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My ACA experience: Jake

Jake has worked in a variety of sectors, including; Partnerships, Marketing, Sales, Journalism, and Customer Service whilst training to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Jake Perry

Jake Perry Trainee Accountant, Infinitas Accountants Ltd

ICAEW route: Graduate

Industry: Advisory

Location: Kettering, UK

Jake's story...

Tell us about your career journey and what you do day-to-day in your role.

During my working lifetime, I have worked in a variety of different sectors such as: Partnerships, Marketing, Sales, Journalism, and Customer Service. Having a finance-based degree has enabled me to have the opportunity to obtain the ACA qualification and qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

My day-to-day activities at Infinitas Accountants are varied, working with multiple platforms such as Sage, Dext and Accountancy manager. On these platforms, I execute tasks such as tax returns, reconciliations, invoicing, and creating a set of accounts. 

Why did you choose the ACA over other accounting qualifications?

ICAEW as an institute is extremely lucrative and well established within the industry. The reputation an individual holds when they have an ACA qualification as opposed to another accounting qualification, is extremely appealing to me. Hence why I have a greater drive and ambition to attain an ACA qualification over other accounting qualifications. 

Who or what inspired you to become a chartered accountant?

My Uncle is a registered accountant and growing up he was somebody that I looked up to. I decided that I wanted to go down a similar career path given the benefits a Chartered Accountant could bring. 

Accounting is a passion that I have had from an early age and by attaining an accounting qualification of such a high standard, it would mean a lot to me. 

Our accountants are more than you’d imagine. They challenge the traditional accountancy routes and career paths. They have an innovative approach and skill to their work. How does your career path, attitude and skillset support this?

Innovation is something I have experienced first-hand, especially during the COVID pandemic when during my university studies I had to find new ways of studying in order to succeed in my degree. Some of these study methods included strict digital learning and linking online files into my own individual spreadsheet to revise from. 

Do you think there is such a thing as a stereotypical accountant? If so, how do you challenge this stereotype?

I do believe there’s an accounting stereotype, however, in the modern world more and more young and ambitious people like myself are getting involved in the accounting industry, the narrative around the type of people associated with accountancy is diminishing. I’m looking forward to challenging the stereotype and bringing more to the accountancy sector over the years to come. 

Why did you decide to go down the route you did?

As a graduate I wanted to know that I have a career path with clear progression over a given period. That is why accountancy appealed to me. Not only because it is linked to my degree, but as it provides a good qualification and the ability to work in a variety of different locations. When I saw an apprenticeship advertised at Infinitas Accountants I knew that would be the perfect journey for me. Infinitas is a new, innovative, modern accountancy firm and in the accounting industry that can be hard to find, so I was keen to learn and grow my knowledge working along side a great team. 

What do you love the most about what you do? 

I love that there’s always a definitive solution to accountancy problems. It isn’t always up to interpretation on what the correct solution is, it’s always an absolute. Over the past month of working at Infinitas, i’ve already learnt so much within this time.

At ICAEW, we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. What skills do you bring to your career due to your degree and why did chartered accountancy appeal to you?

I have excelled in modules based around financial and managerial accounting techniques, as well as a greater understanding of ratio and business analysis from a financial perspective. This would help me interact with clients giving them solutions to financial problems.