After completing his A levels, Andrew was offered a job as a trainee accountant at Browne Craine & Co. and spent his first four years in the accounting industry training towards his ACCA qualification. He now works as the financial director for Prospero, a facilities management company.
Prospero is a fast-growing company, and in the short time he has been there the company has grown from 30 to 200 employees and has quadrupled the size of its business. Andrew credits the ACCA qualification for the skills he has learned as an accountant and how it enabled him to move on to a career he felt more enthusiastic about, something that was made possible by the support and training he received from his former employer.
'I had some great mentors at Browne Craine who not only taught me everything there is to know about accountancy, but also introduced me to different disciplines, such as audit, liquidation and company administration,' says Andrew.
'It never crossed my mind I would be working in the facilities services sector but that just goes to show the breadth of industry you can find yourself in. The skills you learn as an accountant are very transferable and, once you have
qualified, if you want to move on to something you feel more passionate about you can do.'
The infrastructure of the Isle of Man is such that it allows for opportunities not afforded by other jurisdictions, such as the seamless transition from accountancy practice to industry and vice versa. When asked about the biggest achievement in his personal life Andrew said: 'I am a big advocate for good mental well being, and I am thankful to be in a position where I get to wake up every day, do a job I enjoy, and have spare time to focus on doing the things I want to do.'