Want to work in professional services? Not sure which area is right for you? Take our quiz to find out. https://quiz.allaboutcareers.com

How I Made It

Myra Geater, Strategic MI Manager @ Vodaphone How I Made It

Myra Geater, Strategic MI Manager @ Vodaphone
On the management information highway…

Managing to balance a busy home life with a challenging financial career, Myra Geater has climbed the career ladder from an accounts assistant role with a local business to become a Strategic MI Manager for the global mobile phone company, Vodaphone. Here Myra tells us about the peaks and troughs of her career so far…


I left school and had my first child when I was 16. I started working part-time, doing warehouse work which would fit around my son. And then I had another child.

When I was made redundant from my part-time job, I decided to go back and do some studying. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do specifically, but I knew that I wanted to work in business. Consequently, I decided to do a two-year HNC in business and finance.

Attracted to accountancy

The accountancy module of my business and finance HNC was really interesting, and that led me down the accountancy route. I also thought that accountancy was a flexible career path, which I could fit in around my family. Consequently, after my HNC, I did a two-year AAT course. The AAT gave me a really solid grounding in core accountancy skills, such as bookkeeping.

My original intention was to work from home and start up my own bookkeeping company, where I would do the accounts for local businesses. However, when I started working in industry, I found that I actually quite liked it.

I worked for Saxon Industries as an accounts assistant whilst I completed my AAT qualification; working full-time and studying two evenings a week at a local college.

Learning on-the-job

As an accounts assistant, I was responsible for helping the financial controller with the month-end close, looking at cash flow forecasts, monitoring sales targets, and compiling sales reports.

I learnt some really valuable accountancy skills, such as how you pool accounts together, and how you can see what your revenue and costs are. However, I also learnt about the value that accountants can add to the business.

Joining Vodaphone

At the time, I thought I’d be quite content with getting my AAT qualification and working for Saxon Industries. However, I found that the AAT had given me all this new-found knowledge which I wasn’t utilising to the best of my ability.

I met quite a few people when I was doing my AAT who were going on to do CIMA or ACCA qualifications, and I decided that I’d also like to do some further study. Consequently, I started looking for a more progressive role in a more progressive company.

I was quite determined and focused. When I decided that I wanted to study for CIMA, I went to all of the local firms in Hungerford, where I lived; I sent my CV to tons of different places and I asked everybody that I knew if they were aware of any available opportunities. An old school friend of mine was working at Vodaphone, and she told me that there was a job going. I applied for the role through her, and I got it.

At the time, Vodaphone was based in Newbury, which was very close to where I lived. It was a massive opportunity for me to work for a global company, but it also meant I’d be able to spend plenty of time with my children.

Moving up & management information

My first role for Vodaphone was as an assistant accountant role, which also involved studying for my CIMA qualification.

I spent four and a half years in the Finance Operations team, where I did all my studying and became a fully-qualified accountant. Within that team, I also did a number of roles that focused on statutory reporting.

After I’d qualified, and had been doing a technical statutory accounting role for a couple of years, I decided that I wanted to get much more into the management information side of the business. Fortunately, an internal role came up, which I applied for and I got.

I became a Europe MI Business Partner and then I progressed into my current role of Strategic MI Manager.

The work I do is really, really varied. We work very closely with other business functions, such as the regional finance team, the commercial team and the technology team. We look at how the business environment is changing and what our strategic objective is, and then we help shape that into management information which we can put into our systems.

It’s very much a project management role in that we have to liaise with systems professionals to make sure the systems are configured in order to provide the right information. We also have to work globally, assessing our different markets and evaluating their capability to report under the definitions and requirements which have been agreed.

My job can be quite challenging, but, equally, it can be quite interesting. It’s always changing and I regularly have to talk to different people across the organisation to find solutions that are best for everyone.

Work-life balance

My life has changed a lot since taking on more responsibility. As my children got older, I became engrossed in my career and began to really, really enjoy it. I started to spend more time at work, but now it’s settled back down and I have a really good work-life balance.

There are peaks and troughs in the journey you go through. Sometimes you have deadlines and you have to work more, but, equally, you sometimes have more time to enjoy your home life.

Accountancy is an incredibly flexible career path because it’s something you can do from home. You can easily set up your own firm and work the hours you want to work. What’s more, as long as you keep up-to-date, you can take a career break and come back to it later.

MoreHow I Made It

Recruitment Uncovered: 5 lessons I learnt working as a graduate recruiter in the city

Recruitment Uncovered: 5 lessons I learnt working as a graduate recruiter in the city

After 8 years working in HR and graduate recruitment, Hannah Salton’s knowledge of recruitment processes is extensive. In early 2017 Hannah used her experience from both the professional services and legal industry to set up her own coaching and consulting business. Here, Hannah combines her knowledge of what employers look for in their hires, along with her experience of coaching young professionals, to share her 5 top tips for today’s job seekers.

How I Made It

6 Tips for Conquering an Online Aptitude Test

6 Tips for Conquering an Online Aptitude Test

It is becoming increasingly more popular for employers to give future employees aptitude tests as part of the recruitment process. The aptitude test is used to gain insight into the future employee’s skill sets, character traits, working style, and ability to handle a workload.  It’s also becoming common to offer these tests in a computerized form. With a computer based test, comes a whole new set of challenges that job seekers should be aware of. Jennifer Feldman gives her tips on how best to combat these tricky little numbers! 

How I Made It

How to get your dream career in the events industry

How to get your dream career in the events industry

The events industry can offer a rewarding career with exciting challenges, exciting perks and the chance to help make people’s dreams come true. From parties to weddings, it’s a fun career but one that carries a lot of responsibility, organisation and creativity. Niamh Spence caught up with three young graduates who are lucky enough enough to be working at one of the UK’s most exciting wedding venues, Heaton House Farm, and they’ve shared their top tips on how to get ahead in this competitive industry.

How I Made It

What can I do with a nursing degree?

What can I do with a nursing degree?

So, you think you want to be a nurse? There’s more than just the job title to think about. There are endless opportunities to specialise in nursing, allowing you to gain the best experience possible and develop your skills and knowledge. We sat down with Phoebe from Your World Healthcare, to discuss the profession and how to go about choosing what it is you want to do.

How I Made It

How I Made It: Jacamo's Big Boys

How I Made It: Jacamo's Big Boys

We caught up with Martin Roberts, Head Of Buying, and Ben Bisco, Head of Digital, at Jacamo Menswear, for their best advice on how to get into the Fashion industry through two different avenues – one in sales and the other in marketing.

How I Made It

How to Get a Job in Digital & Creative Tech

How to Get a Job in Digital & Creative Tech

Om Ruparel is the MD and Founder of Recruitmentology.co.uk, a company specialising in recruitment for the digital, marketing and media landscape, as well as being a special advisor to the British Interactive Media Association. He spoke to AllAboutCareers to help us bring you his best tips for breaking the digital tech industry!

How I Made It

How to Make It as a Movie Trailer Editor

How to Make It as a Movie Trailer Editor

Frank Frumento is a movie trailer editor and works on a range of projects, creating the trailers, teasers and TV spots you see in the cinema and on TV every day. Quite a cool job, right? Yes. Good. We quizzed Frank on how he made it as a movie trailer editor and what advice he has for those wanting to enter the film and media industry. 

How I Made It

How to Become a Public Finance Accountant

How to Become a Public Finance Accountant

Think of accountants and you tend to think of those that work for the big firms on the financial affairs of privately owned or publically floated companies. Whilst this stereotype is not far from the truth, it is not, however, the whole truth.

How I Made It

How To Use A Placement To Secure A Graduate Job

How To Use A Placement To Secure A Graduate Job

Securing a job after university is just one of the worries students have to think about in their final year. We spoke to Rose Taylor about how she got the job of her dreams after a successful and eye-opening placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

How I Made It

Tom Wilcox, Director @ Counterculture Partners Limited

Tom Wilcox, Director @ Counterculture Partners Limited

Tom Wilcox is the Director of Counterculture Partners Limited, a financial services company which specialises in helping cultural, creative and third sector organisations to plan, manage and thrive. Tom has done it all: he joined PwC as a graduate trainee, he worked as a finance officer for Arts Council England, and he was the Managing Director of the Whitechapel Gallery for almost seven years. Here Tom tells us about the twists and turns of his eventful career so far…

How I Made It

Toby Cadman, International Criminal Law Barrister

Toby Cadman, International Criminal Law Barrister

Specialising in international criminal law, Toby Cadman has represented clients all over the world, from Bosnia to Bangladesh. His first job in the legal profession was as an international human rights lawyer in Sarajevo. Since then he has established himself as an expert barrister in the areas of war crimes, extradition and human rights law. Here Toby tells us about his most challenging cases to date, the dangers of working in international criminal law, and what it takes to become a successful human rights lawyer…

How I Made It

Steph Naulls, Communications Assistant at Penguin Books

Steph Naulls, Communications Assistant at Penguin Books

Steph Naulls has landed her dream job as a communications assistant at Penguin. From landing work experience through Twitter to working at the BBC studios and Edinburgh International Book Festival (where she saw Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin!), Steph tells AllAboutCareers.com how she made it and also provides advice for budding publicists.

How I Made It

Silver Screen to Silver Circle Law Firm

Silver Screen to Silver Circle Law Firm

It’s possible to convert to a law career at any point; it’s not just the realm of graduates fresh out of university. Oliver Wiseman graduated with a degree in modern languages (French and Spanish) back in 2004 and followed a career in the bright lights of film production before switching to the legal sector. He told us about swapping life behind the silver screen for life in the silver circle as a trainee solicitor at City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)… 

How I Made It

Sean Paul Verity, Project Manager @ Rockpool Digital

Sean Paul Verity, Project Manager @ Rockpool Digital

At the tender age of 25, Sean Paul Verity is already an incredibly successful project manager. Having started his career with Regus in the serviced office industry, he has now established himself in the digital world, working for an innovative digital agency called Rockpool. Here Sean tells us about the importance of choosing the right placement, making the most of your opportunities to travel and why working at the forefront of the digital industry is the perfect match for his project management skills…

How I Made It

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK: The Wilderness Years

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK: The Wilderness Years

Rory Sutherland is one of the most influential advertising professionals in the world today. He is also one of the most fascinating, eccentric and witty people in the business. Having narrowly escaped a career in teaching, he joined Ogilvy as a graduate trainee in the golden summer of ’88. 23 and a half years later, he is still there. From his early forays into the world of account handling, Rory made the leap into the creative department and has never looked back. In ‘Part One’ of our extended interview with the cravat-wearing creative, we track his fascinating career from graduate trainee to Head of Copy at OgilvyOne in 1995…

How I Made It

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK: The Ambassadorial Years

Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK: The Ambassadorial Years

In ‘Part Two’ of our extended interview with Rory Sutherland, we discuss Mad Men, the importance of behavioural economics, and the admirable qualities of Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. We also find out exactly what the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK does with his precious time. He may simply describe himself as the ‘Fat bloke at Ogilvy’ on his Twitter profile, but he’s certainly much more than that. We reckon it’s about time you found out why!

How I Made It

Peter Corrigan, Video Production Maestro

Peter Corrigan, Video Production Maestro

Ever since he set up his own video production company, Peter Corrigan has spent his time producing work for clients both big and small, applying his creative knowhow towards making content for anyone from huge computer corporations to your everyday local pub band. He’s also been nice enough to write us a little article on how he started up his own business in the creative industry… 

How I Made It

Misha Gopaul, CEO of Fabric Technologies

Misha Gopaul, CEO of Fabric Technologies

From the early days of building computers in his bedroom, Misha Gopaul has turned his passion for technology into a multi-million pound business. Bored of education, Misha decided to skip university and focus his efforts on expanding his I.T. company. Here Misha tells us about the rapid expansion of his business, the importance of having a mentor and why you should just get an idea and go for it…

How I Made It

Liz Cohen: From Science Graduate to Law Firm Partner

Liz Cohen: From Science Graduate to Law Firm Partner

Wondering where a science degree could take you outside of the lab? Liz Cohen, Partner at London law firm Bristows LLP, started out as a natural sciences student and has worked her way right up to the top. And she hasn’t left her sciences background behind either. Here, Liz tells us all about how she made it…

How I Made It

Lesley Fox: Mazars Partner in Audit and Assurance

Lesley Fox: Mazars Partner in Audit and Assurance

Lesley Fox has worked her way up the ranks at top professional services firm Mazars to become a Partner in their Audit and Assurance service line. So how did she make it? She tells us all about her training experiences, career progression and bringing new graduates up through the ranks to manage alongside her.

How I Made It

Kate Barton, Fashion Guru

Kate Barton, Fashion Guru

At the age of 20, without any experience, Kate Barton managed to break into the fashion industry as an Assistant Travel Editor for Vogue. She didn’t stop there. Throughout her successful career in fashion, she became a designer for Laura Ashley, started her own childrenswear company and played an instrumental role in launching Mini Boden. We were lucky enough to chat to Kate about the highs and lows of her fascinating career in fashion…

How I Made It

Julian Powell-Tuck, Architect & Interior Designer

Julian Powell-Tuck, Architect & Interior Designer

Julian Powell-Tuck started his own successful architecture and interior design practice when he was just 25, after being told by his tutor that he was practically “unemployable.” Here Julian tells us what it takes to set up your own business in a recession…

How I Made It

Jerome Perez, Head of Sustainability at Nespresso

Jerome Perez, Head of Sustainability at Nespresso

Becoming Head of Sustainability at global coffee brand Nespresso doesn’t just happen overnight. We spoke to Jerome Perez and quizzed him on how he made it in the industry and what tips he has for current and soon-to-be graduates looking to make it in the business world. 

How I Made It

Bob Ashcroft: From Law School to Law Firm Associate

Bob Ashcroft: From Law School to Law Firm Associate

Bob is now an associate lawyer in construction at law firm Mayer Brown, but he couldn’t have got this far without first completing the LPC – the mandatory vocational course for aspiring solicitors. But what did he take from his experience at Kaplan Law School into his now flourishing legal career?  

How I Made It

Alison Clarke, Insurance Partner @ RPC

Alison Clarke, Insurance Partner @ RPC

Alison Clarke is a partner in RPC’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice, specialising in financial lines E&O, D&O and professional indemnity insurance. We caught up with Alison to chat about her career with RPC and find out what life is like as one of the few barrister partners in the UK…

How I Made It

Gina Craske, Actuary @ KPMG

Gina Craske, Actuary @ KPMG

From her first role as a trainee actuary with Liverpool Victoria, Gina Craske has risen through the ranks of the actuarial profession to become a director at KPMG. Here Gina discusses the trajectory of her career so far, the gender balance in the actuarial industry, and the challenges facing a senior actuarial consultant on a daily basis…

How I Made It

Elizabeth Edwards, Head of Education

Elizabeth Edwards, Head of Education

Elizabeth Edwards is Head of Education at Learn With Pip, an education company that creates the products to help children improve their reading skills by using apps. After deviating from a career in the legal sector and years of teaching, AllAboutCareers.com caught up with Elizabeth, quizzing her on her experiences and future prospects…

How I Made It

Recruiting? We can help