Financial Professionals in the Mid-West with inspirational stories to tell!

Niall Harris 12.02.2016

Over 40 accountants packed into the Savoy Hotel, Limerick for the first in Morgan McKinley’s 2016 Mid-West Finance Career Ally events.

Over 40 accountants packed into the Savoy Hotel, Limerick for the first in Morgan McKinley’s 2016 Mid-West Finance Career Ally events.  The series gives accountants and financial services professionals the opportunity to hear senior executives talk about their experiences throughout their career, both good and bad! As part of Morgan McKinley’s Career Ally programme, we endeavour to give candidates as much assistance and advice so that they can make the right decisions for themselves on their future career paths. The event was compered by Laura Bourke and Ruth Lyndon and they were ably assisted by Hannah McInerney, Karen Greene, Jean Ward and Rebecca Walsh.

In what was a wonderful kick off to the series, we had three speakers with varying experiences, backgrounds and stories to tell. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions - Stephen CoveyThis week we had Mary McGinley Tax Director KPMG Galway,  Fearghal Carroll Financial Controller Dell Services Limerick and Eva O’Keeffe CEO Private SKY. All three spoke passionately and honestly about careers in the finance world and each had their own nuggets to share with the fully engaged audience. 

First up was Mary  who had the guests enthralled with tales about her global exposure in the tax world all the way from Longford to India! A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new - Albert EinsteinMary made the point that in order to develop your career internally do not be afraid to make mistakes or challenge people within the business. Mary also spoke about the importance of specialising in particular areas and becoming experts.  Know your verticals and become the “go to” person in your field.  She also stressed the importance of promoting yourself and about not being shy in telling people rgarding your good news stories , because if you don’t, no one will!

Ferghal spoke about the importance of “adding value”, not just producing numbers or a set of accounts but the need for accountants to be “influencers” in the business. Don’t be afraid to interpret data, a set of accounts or budgets.  If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less  -  General Eric Shinseki chief of staff US army In order to progress and develop your own brand and image one should have the courage to offer recommendations and solutions to your seniors. Ferghal stressed about the need to prepare and reevaluate a career plan on an annual basis setting clear goals and objectives.  Also, he made the point to constantly be learning and upskilling, particularly in the area of systems as they are at the heart of the business. 

Eva emphasised the need to network, not something that is typical in the finance world. Get out there and get involved in business communities.  Eva reiterated Ferghal’s point in relation to your brand.  Interesting she made the point that for candidates the interview process starts when they enter the building eg how one interacts with the receptionist, engages with employee’s while walking through the business and the importance of basic manners.  

 Having worked throughout the world, Eva spoke about different work cultures and expectations in organisations and the need to adapt to these.

When the presentations were complete, the evening was capped off with wine, beer and fantastic food where all the delegates networked and discussed the fantastic presentations and eagerly looked forward to the next in the series!

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Regional Manager | Accounting & Finance
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