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My ACA experience: Gail

After completing her A levels Gail wasn’t sure what career she wanted to pursue and started the AAT training after hearing about it from a friend. After two years Gail knew that she wanted to become a Chartered Accountant and completed the Fast Track route to ACA. She explains that communication skills are vital to offering tax advice as she does to private clients.

Gail MackieSenior Accountant, Ensors Chartered Accountants

Gail Mackie Senior Accountant, Ensors Chartered Accountants

ICAEW route: AAT-ACA Fast Track

Industry: Tax

Location: UK, Ipswich

Gail's story...

The most enjoyable part of my job is that every day is different!

When I start in the morning I don’t know which clients may call with a query. Particularly working in personal tax, every individual’s circumstances are different and so most situations require research and learning.

When I left Kesgrave Sixth Form having completed my A levels, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Although I had applied to university, I was worried about ending up in debt with a degree I couldn’t use.

A friend of mine was studying AAT with a firm in Ipswich and I figured that was something I could do.

I hoped after the two years of AAT training I would have figured out what I wanted to do next. As it turns out, what I wanted to do was to continue my training with Ensors and become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

I started my career working in Ensors’ audit department. While studying for the ACA I did several secondments to the private client team, where I now work on a permanent basis. My current role involves advisory and compliance work, covering a broad range of personal tax issues.

As an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, my skills in communication have developed greatly. At the outset, communication skills were not something I appreciated as being vitally important for a chartered accountant. Now, as I am taking on more advisory work, I have realised how essential it is to be able to explain concepts in a clear and concise way.

My advice for someone considering a career in chartered accountancy is don’t be daunted by the idea of studying towards the ACA while working full-time. So much of what you are studying is work you are doing on a daily basis, which makes it much easier to understand.

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