Careers Spotlight: Jack Day, Assistant Accountant – National Careers Week 2021
March 5, 2021
Our last (but by no means least) careers week interview shines the spotlight on Assistant Accountant, Jack, who joined J Tomlinson just over a year ago. Read on to find out about Jack’s accounting journey so far…
Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?
I provide support to J Tomlinson’s accounts department, undertaking jobs including checking the UK fuels reports to see if any transactions do not look right, processing boiler rebate claims, and assisting with management accounts.
What other jobs or work experience have you had?
My first job was an Accounts Apprentice role that I started when I left school. I worked there for about a year and half, processing purchase ledger invoices and managing credit cards and petty cash whilst studying for an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Following that I got a temporary job in the accounts department of a local company. Here I processed invoices both sales and purchase ledger also I managed the petty cash and credit cards, I also prepared the wages each week for the warehouse workers as they were paid every week.
What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
For me a great part about my job is that I get to learn more about accounting and that helps me to improve my knowledge and skills. Another aspect that I enjoy is the people I work with – everyone is very nice and friendly, which always helps!
What skills are required to do your job?
I think that the skills required are good time management, being eager to learn, being a team worker and to be good with Microsoft Excel.
What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?
The highest qualification that I needed for this role was to have passed my AAT level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone choose to do your role?
I would recommend that they have an interest in maths and business studies. This is so that they get to know some of the terms that are used in business such as ‘revenue’, ‘depreciation’ and a lot more. I also think having an interest in maths helps as they will be working with figures.
Briefly describe your personality and how it compliments your role
I would describe my personality as kind, friendly and good under pressure. Being kind and friendly helps with being a good team player.
What’s next in terms of your career/training?
I am currently working towards AAT level 4, which is the last level of AAT. I (virtually!) attend college once a week to support with this.
When I pass, I would like to go on to studying for a CIMA which is the next step in becoming a charted accountant.
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J Tomlinson, which was founded in Nottingham the 1950s, works primarily across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northern and Central England.
The company provides a range of sustainable building solutions including refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, engineering services, extra care construction, renewable energy, and facilities management, working across a range of key sectors including extra care, healthcare, blue light, social housing and local government.