Director, TDC Solutions Limited
Briefly describe your career history to date (job titles and companies since you left Stirling):
I entered into a CA training contract with Johnston Carmichael when I initially left Stirling, before moving to similar roles with Fenwick Kyle, Sharles Accountants and Andrew Forrest Motors. In 1998 I qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner (more exams!!!) which led to positions with Moore Stephens, the Invocas Group, and WRI Associates. Having gained this valuable experience, I decided to set up own insolvency practice.
What attracted you to this career?
I fell into it by accident as did sets of accounts for Insolvency practitioner, got asked to stay and enjoyed helping people deal with debt issues and find resolution to their problems.
How did you get into your current job?
Decided to set up own practice – now or never decision.
Describe what your current job involves:
Day to day management and running of both personal and corporate insolvency cases, manage own business records/marketing etc.
Describe a typical working day:
In the office or at meetings by 8.30, administering all aspects of cases, ensuring all records up to date, marketing the business – home by 6.30pm (unless late meetings required to suit clients).
In what way did your time at Stirling shape your career to date?
Basic understanding of the role of a accountant together with an understanding of business generally, the ability to mix and integrate into different groups.
List three things that you love about your job:
Helping people resolve a sensitive issue, every day can be different as you never know what happens what the phone rings/client comes in, running my own business means I make the choices/decisions.
List three things you dislike about your job:
Nothing to be honest – maybe marketing telephone calls.
What advice would you give to current students in terms of preparing for life after graduation?
Try to make sure you have some experience in the real world not just theoretical – volunteer if you can’t get any paid work experience. Realise that going to university is only part of what employers look at and they will want to see you add something to your CV prior to graduation and that nothing is ever handed to you – you will have to work hard for the rewards you want.