By Andy Burrows
I had one of those lightbulb moments a few months ago. The sort that kind of catches your breath. Because in the space of a few seconds, something really helpful becomes clear to you that you never even considered before. And yet it was hiding there in plain sight. I could have seen it at any stage if I’d simply chosen a different perspective.
I’ll obviously come on to what that was in a minute. But first, I need to tell you a story.
It’s the story of my early Finance career.
I promise I’ll be brief. And it does have a point that will be relevant to you, especially if you have ambitions to progress into senior roles in Finance. I don’t (often) talk about myself just for the sake of it! So, please bear with me.
You see, when I was 29 years and 5 months old, I got my first Finance Director job.
That’s a mere four years after I qualified as a chartered accountant and started putting the letters ACA after my name. And it was...
By Andy Burrows
Careers these days are bloomin’ difficult to put together and keep on track. No need to talk about the reasons for that. The point is that it takes a lot of intentionality. It takes thought, guts, perseverance, and confidence.
I’m talking about Finance and Accountancy career progression, because that’s what I have experience of. But, gone are the days (did they ever really exist?) when you could just keep doing a solid job and some day you would get called into the higher level job.
And so, when I received the following question in a Finance careers event, it was not a surprise:
“I have been in the same organisation at the same level for 10 years. My main concern is I feel like I am stuck and unable to get the breakthrough to the next level, in spite of my vast experience across industries in various Finance roles.”
This article is aimed at helping you if you can relate to that situation. You feel like your career has stalled....
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