Our Guest Mentor:
Michelle Gasson has had a fascinating journey in finance and accounting, from hairdressing, being a mum, a wife, managing her studies, career and what gave her the idea to become a qualified accountant. Michelle also has had her article “Communication Dividend” appear in Financial Management magazine (link below).
Michelle is currently the Financial Controller for Play Design Ltd; a strategic retail design agency specialising in the design and production of branded retail spaces, retail units and customer experiences. Michelle previously
Michelle holds a CGMA and is currently based out of Saint Ives in the United Kingdom.
Key Quotes From the Episode:
“[On the value of pursuing an accounting qualification] You are treated with a different level of professionalism, so you’re regarded as somebody who knows how to do the job rather than just as somebody who has been doing it for a long time and you get a little bit more respect that way” [06:57]
“[On the prioritisation of time] It’s about recognising the things that are most important.” [10:18]
“[On being the first finance hire ever for her recent employer] They’re quite reliant on me for a lot of information so it’s putting my skills to the test as well which is actually really good because I think one of the things that’s really important to anybody in this profession is to carry on learning.” [13:59]
“[Where to start with your communication] It’s great having a lovely report in front of you that’s accurate, to the point, but not everybody understands it so you always have to understand who your audience are.” [19:11]
(Other resources and how to connect with Michelle below).
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Key Points From the Episode:
- Shares practical advice on how to prioritise time between building a career, work, studies, kids, partner, and other activities.
- How we can improve our communication leveraging her prior experiences with scientists.
- With the rise of robots in our profession how we can future-proof ourselves.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
[02:02] – Michelle’s journey from hairdressing, being a mum, wife and what gave her the idea to become a qualified accountant.
[05:10] – How she put a lot of thought into how she’s developed her career choices.
[06:05] – Why she decided to pursue a professional accounting qualification.
[08:40] – Shares an experience on some key things you can do when conditions are tough for your organisation.
[10:18] – Shares practical advice on how to prioritise time between building a career, work, studies, kids, partner, and other activities.
[13:27] – What’s exciting Michelle about her work at the moment – she’s the first finance professional her company has hired.
[15:10] – The biggest impacts Michelle has been able to make in her first three months as the first finance hire.
[17:00] – The biggest challenge Michelle has had to deal with when starting up the finance team.
[19:10] – Shares her thoughts on how we can improve our communication leveraging her prior experiences with scientists.
[24:06] – The best bit of advice Michelle has ever received.
[26:26] – Shares some final advice on how we can best future-proof our careers and the value we add (i.e. so we’re not replaced by robots).
- “Communication Dividend,” Financial Management Magazine, June 2017 (article pdf pages 52-53)
- HMRC website (website)
- Accountancy Age (website)
- Accounting Web (website)
- FM Magazine (website)
Connect with today’s guest:
- LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-gasson-acma-cgma-8590121b/