Archive for December, 2012

Seasons Greetings from MMJ

Staff who have recently passed their Chartered Accountancy exams

A tale of two accountants

McAleer Mullan Jackson recently congratulated two of its young accountants on successfully achieving their chartered accountancy qualifications.

Emma Coll and Jonathan Potter have both been working at the practice whilst completing their training – although their journeys began in rather different ways, with Emma coming through the university route and Jonathan having combined work and study since he completed his A-Levels to achieve the same result. 

Having decided on a career in accountancy, Emma – a former pupil of Loreto Grammar – embarked first of all on a three year degree course at Queen’s University in Belfast.  After graduation she secured a training contract at the Omagh firm, and with her degree exempting her from the first tier of exams she proceeded to complete her CAP2 and her final admittance exams (FAEs).

Reflecting on her experience Emma said:  “I really enjoyed my degree and would definitely recommend that route for anybody wanting to pursue a career in accountancy.  Obviously there’s the social aspect and the whole experience of being a student, which I really enjoyed, but also the people I met on the course were a great support going forward into the professional exams.  The FAE course is also delivered at Queen’s and some of the university lecturers are the same so for me it was all familiar, which was good – and I loved being back.

“As far as making the transition to the workplace was concerned I felt I was well-equipped and had a good grounding in the basic principles of accounting.  Probably the thing I found most challenging was getting to grips with the software we use here and just the way we conduct our business in general – but I’ve received great support from the other staff members.  I definitely have no regrets – obviously student debt is an issue but I think you only get one chance in your life when you can go and live the university experience and I’m glad I did it.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan, who previously attended Fivemiletown College, took a more vocational route to becoming a chartered accountant.  He left school at 18 and straight away got a job at McAleer Mullan Jackson, as a trainee chartered accountant.  He then spent one day each week for two years at South West College, to obtain his accounting technician qualifications, before undertaking the chartered accountancy exams.

“I went in at CAP1 level but was exempt from half of the exams because of my previous qualifications.  I was working all week and travelling to Belfast for class every Saturday, and then the following year there were some Friday nights included as well.  It was fairly intense but the firm were very understanding about study leave, and it was all worth it in the end!  “I’m from a farming background so I’ve always been used to working alongside my studies.  My sister went to university and from talking to her I don’t think I’ve missed out on anything – and I don’t have any student debt which for me is a big bonus.  I’d like to see high schools and colleges promoting the Accounting Technicians Ireland course as a route into chartered accountancy more.  If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Commenting on the pair’s success, Hugh McAleer said:  “Our firm has been in existence now for 26 years and we have nine chartered accountants on our staff.  The addition of Emma and Jonathan to this number brings another young and dynamic edge to our practice.  The FAE exams have about a 60% pass rate so for both of them to have passed is a great achievement and we congratulate them wholeheartedly.”

New addition to McAleer Mullan Jackson

New face at local accountancy firm

McAleer Mullan Jackson Ltd, recently welcomed a new face to their team in the shape of chartered accountant, Paul Crossley.

Paul joins the practice having completed the Final Admitting Exams of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2011. He brings to the table over twenty years’ experience in Banking and Finance, including six years as manager in the Ulster Bank’s Fermanagh & West Tyrone Business Centre.

Commenting on the new appointment, Hugh McAleer said that Paul’s wealth of experience would be a valuable asset to the firm and its clients in the challenging economic environment.

He added:  “Having Paul, an experienced banker, on board puts our practice in a strong position when negotiating with the banks on behalf of our clients.”

Paul may be contacted via email, paul@mmjca.com or tel: 028 8225 0253.

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