With helpful ideas on how to win new business, mastering client and internal relationships and acting like a leader, Get off to a Flying Start is a new guide for recently qualified accountants.
ICAEW executive director Sharron Gunn said it was important for ambitious newly qualified accountants – as well as students in training – to contemplate their ascent to partnership early in their career.
“You don’t just wake up one morning and decide you want to be a partner,” she said. “You must plan for your development from the moment you start training as a chartered accountant.
“It can seem daunting but ambition really sets you apart from the rest of your colleagues. It will be noticed by your employer who may have already spotted you as potential partner material.”
The pamphlet addresses all the skills needed to make it to one of the top spots, including soft skills not covered in formal education, such as confidence and inspiring trust from clients.
“If you’re an aspiring partner, you must identify your needs and reflect on your achievements and take your professional development in your own hands,” Gunn added.