- Steven Kingham
I left school and joined a small accountancy firm after my GCSEs, with the intention of pursuing a vocational route into accountancy. I initially become AAT qualified, and then moved on to ACA, becoming qualified aged 21. I was always interested in a career involving transactions, so, soon after I qualified, I moved to BDO’s Transaction Services team in Manchester. After being promoted to Manager, I joined EY’s Manchester office when an opportunity arose in their Transaction Support team.
I was attracted to EY due to the team’s strong reputation in the local market and the quality of the deals it advises on, as well as the clear national plan to invest in, and grow, the Transaction Advisory Services business.
Since I joined, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of high profile deals. I’ve also been provided many different stretch opportunities including taking on a senior role in large projects, managing and developing teams, presenting to investors, and working on internal projects for EY’s leadership team. This has really enabled me to accelerate my career development and raise my profile within the firm.
EY has a meritocratic culture, and provided you deliver high quality work for your clients, you are given the freedom to work flexibly. There are plenty of opportunities to take on more responsibility, learn different skills and develop your career. We are also a very diverse organisation, with individuals from lots of different cultures and backgrounds. This enables us to build diverse teams, which brings new ideas and approaches to our work.
Starting out from a small accountancy firm as I did has been a big advantage. It gave me a strong grounding in core accounting skills, and direct exposure to dealing with clients early in my career. As the firm works with mid-market companies as well as multinationals, this has positioned me well to give high-quality advice to these clients. It shows that anyone can do well here – whatever your background, EY encourages you to perform to the highest standard.