David, Head of Finance, Red Sea Holidays


  • David

    BSc Politics and Economics (2008)

    Head of Finance, Red Sea Holidays

     

Since leaving Bristol…

I wanted to do a professional qualification as I thought this would give me a broad experience as well as additional skills. I spent four years in audit at Ernst & Young and this exceeded my expectations, I had a great experience and learnt about how a business works, accountancy as well as a number of soft skills. After four years I wanted to experience working out of practice and in industry so I took a role with a client at a company called The Grass Roots Group PLC who offer performance improvement services for clients' customers, consumers and employees. My role there focused around a lot of the internal and external reporting and I gained experience of managing two staff. It gave me experience of preparing accounts rather than auditing them externally. 
 
After two and a half years at Grass Roots I took a role as Head of Finance at Red Sea Holidays in London.
 

In my current job…

I am responsible for all elements of Finance and Accountancy for two companies, as part of a team of two people. This includes credit control, payables, commercial accounting and management accounting.

Having a UoB degree…

I attended a Careers Service course for three days at the start of my second year which was really useful in terms of networking and teamworking skills. It also helped me assess and start to identify what my goals were for my final two years sat Bristol and made me start thinking about what career I wanted after leaving University. It also gave me access to the services the career service offered.

Hints/tips…

A lot about being successful in a selection process is in how you present yourself and come across on the day. If you reach an interview, it is more than likely you have the qualifications the employer is looking for but they will be asking whether you will fit into their organisation and whether they will want to work with you. It is also vital to do your research and show a real interest in the company and the role you are applying for. Also do not get downhearted if you are unsuccessful - it happens to everyone and more often than not you will understand why you did not get a particular role and realise that there was another opportunity that just suited you better.