Our Accounts Senior Curtis gives us a breakdown on how a chance incident brought him to a career in accounting, along with what his position entails and the impact of industry developments.
Tell us about your role at Nabarro Poole
I undertake all accounting-related tasks, like bookkeeping, VAT returns, management accounts and Self Assessment tax returns.
On top of this, I also help our clients with any enquiries they have regarding their accounts.
How did you get into accounting?
It was actually by chance. I was studying for a degree in Physiotherapy, but whilst playing football one day I snapped a ligament in my knee. The injury meant I was on crutches and couldn’t drive to university, and so I decided to leave. Following this, my sister suggested a position in finance at the company she worked for.
Once I started there, I discovered my knack for accounting. They thought so too, paying for me to study my AAT. Since then I’ve carved a career in the industry and have been at Nabarro Poole since 2016.
What does your average day involve?
On a daily basis, my time is spent doing general accounting tasks … and drinking lots of coffee!
I also have meetings with clients about once a week, travelling around Manchester to discuss their accounting matters.
What do you like best about working at Nabarro Poole?
Every day is different. This is because I get to do such a variety of things. Every business requires accounting, but it’s never the exact same situation. The clients are distinct too – from their industry to their size. Such diversity, along with working with such a great team at Nabarro Poole, are most definitely the best things!
What do you enjoy doing outside the office?
I spend a lot of time with my young family. We always venture out for food once a week, but I will also go on the occasional night out with friends as well. Like Tyler, I watch football and try to catch the team I support, Manchester United, live when I get the rare chance to!’
Three or four times a year I’ll also see the boxing in real-time too. I travel all over the UK to watch the matches – from Liverpool to as far as London!
How do you expect future changes in accounting to impact your role?
Accounting is definitely going to become more streamlined, with things like connecting bank feeds to software and the industry’s digitalisation making paper redundant. Systems will become much more automated, but as I’ve used software since I started at Nabarro Poole, Making Tax Digital (MTD) won’t be a drastic change to my role.
I think less paper is good – we have a couple of clients who don’t use email and fax over their paperwork instead. For them, MTD will be more of a change.