Interview with a Tax Senior02 Mar, 20231-2 minutes
If you’re looking for a new career within the Accountancy industry, you might be wondering where to begin.
Having insight from somebody who currently works in the industry is a great way to learn more about a specific role and exactly what this entails.
We recently caught up with Anandana Nadhavajhala, a Tax Senior, to discover more about her day to day responsibilities and which of her personal attributes have helped her throughout her career so far.
How did you decide you wanted to work in the accountancy industry?
As I was growing up, I was always involved in sports and athletics and I wanted to go ahead in swimming competitions back in India.
Coming from a conservative family my Mother did not allow me to do many sports but emphasised that I focus on my studies, which led me to becoming an Accountant.
I knew that pursuing a career as an Accountant would also be useful for our family business, so this is the route I decided to go down with my career.
What advice would you give to someone looking to enter the accountancy industry?
There is no substitute for hard work, focus and determination. For over 5 years, I completed countless hours of continuous studying, during crucial stages of my life.
I would encourage students to take up this field as there is a lot evolving to be done and a skill that you can specialise in will always help you give back to the society at a later stage of your life.
Do not be afraid of spending young years studying towards your goals, it will pay off in the future!
What is your proudest career achievement to date?
For over 5 years I used my accountancy knowledge along with my networking skills to improve our family business. I am proud to say that the increase of clientele growth had been the largest the company had seen whilst I was working on it.
The retention of employees our business had for over three decades has not been easy or comfortable to achieve, but we managed to do this as a result of our hard work.
The business growth, as a result of combined effort of myself and the expertise of other employees, has definitely been my greatest achievement to date.
Which of your personal attributes have helped you throughout your career so far?
I always have a clear vision and plan as to how I will work towards my goals.
Planning my work proactively along with the team support has really worked well for growth of the business and for that matter, any job I have carried out.
Being able to add value to myself and my workplace has helped me survive in the industry and remain innovative. Being creative and ready to learn has helped me achieve some great results throughout my career so far.
How important is career progression to you within the accountancy industry?
Career progression is important for everyone as it helps us identify our strengths, weaknesses, the opportunities available to us and any work related threats.
Adding value to your own growth will allow you to add value to the organisation, which in turn will help both succeed.
This can lead to various developments within your career which are physical, emotional and mental. Learning from someone else’s mistakes is what I believe in and then the best thing to do is to move on from there.
What does a typical working day as a Tax Senior involve?
Part of my role is to discuss with the client how their tax situation currently stands. My role also involves HMRC coordination to understand or solve client queries and I spend a lot of my day working with different software, so it’s important to have a solid understanding of the technology.
What advice would you give someone to stand out in the accountancy industry?
It will not be an easy ride but the main thing you must do is to persevere. You have to know the specific line of expertise that you would like to go ahead in because this will help you develop a skill set which will be indispensable to you in the future.
What is your favourite thing about your role as a Tax Senior?
The in-depth knowledge that I develop at my job is something that continuously keeps me motivated.
The things I learn from my colleagues and the interaction with my clients help me develop my communication skills.
The ability to communicate effectively with my client helps me achieve great job satisfaction!
What is your least favourite thing about your role as a Tax Senior?
The monotonous nature of the job is sometimes not good. The larger your set of clients are, the more opportunity to learn a variety of tax insights there is, however always catering to a similar clientele can sometimes limit this opportunity.
In my opinion, limited client interaction and centralised decision making can sometimes be a hindrance to the growth of an employee.
Is there anything you wish you knew about the role of a Tax Senior before you started?
I’d probably have wanted to know a few more details about the different aspects of tax that would be covered within the role before starting my career.
As so many different softwares are used within the job, I also think having prior knowledge and training on these would have been beneficial to me.
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