Diaries of an oddball accountant acca cima aat

Diaries of an oddball accountant – Year 6 – Having that smug feeling & what I’ve done with it!

September 8, 2019

    As you may (or may not) know I am CIMA qualified and I didn’t pass all of my exams 1st time. My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys… Read more

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Diaries of an oddball accountant – Year 5 – Putting CIMA 1st (properly)

September 1, 2019

My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys are on. Read and use it as a confidence booster (to know you’re not alone) – a motivational story (to prove it’s worth… Read more

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Diaries of an oddball accountant – Year 4 – My Power Year!

August 25, 2019

My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys are on. Read and use it as a confidence booster (to know you’re not alone) – a motivational story (to prove it’s worth… Read more

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Diaries of an oddball accountant – Year 3 – How have I not finished yet?!

August 18, 2019

My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys are on. Read and use it as a confidence booster (to know you’re not alone) – a motivational story (to prove it’s worth… Read more

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Diaries of an oddball accountant – Year 2 – Keep Going!

August 11, 2019

My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys are on. Read and use it as a confidence booster (to know you’re not alone) – a motivational story (to prove it’s worth… Read more

Diaries of an oddball accountant acca cima aat

Diaries of an Oddball Accountant – Year 1 – Super Keen! 🤓

August 4, 2019

As you may (or may not) know I am CIMA qualified and I didn’t pass all of my exams 1st time. My ‘Diaries of an oddball accountant’ is me sharing my highs and lows to the emotional but very rewarding Accounting rollercoaster qualification that I know you guys are on.… Read more

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Failing my CIMA exams? The BEST thing that happened…

July 21, 2019

I know I say this all the time – but it’s TRUE. I know exactly what you’re going through right now.   I was nervous & moody before my exams (sound familiar?!). I’d study for weeks, reading my text book over and over. I’d spend days and days writing long,… Read more

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What I think about revision notes!

July 13, 2019

STOP! Seriously just stop… put down the pen and paper and STOP writing revision notes.   Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking about revision notes a lot. In the panic run up to the ACCA exams, the things I’m hearing and seeing most are ‘I’m writing too many… Read more

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Why did you start your finance qualifications? And WHY you should finish!

May 21, 2019

When I was 8, my teacher asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. And I answered brightly “an accountant!”.   Yes, really. I was an odd child (and yes, feel free to laugh at me!).   But I saw an accountant as a professional career.… Read more

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Finally getting qualified…what are you waiting for?!

April 8, 2019

  Ok. I’m going to be frank here.   This year was meant to be the year you pass and/or qualify. Right? Finally get your CIMA or ACCA letters & step up into the job you deserve.   That job you KNOW you’re ready for. Finance Manager, Financial Controller, Head… Read more

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Feel stuck in a finance job that you don’t love?

March 31, 2019

It’s SO tough when you’re ready for that promotion. You have the practical experience & KNOW you can do it. But you can’t get the job, because you’ve not got your ACCA or CIMA qualification and letters yet!   So as a qualifying accountant, you’re stuck in a role you… Read more

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Revising for your accountancy exams. Not much fun? There IS another way!

March 23, 2019

Well – it really hit home this week, that ‘traditional’ revision doesn’t work for everyone.  The pages & pages of notes aren’t much fun. Maybe that’s you?   The truth is that there are loads of different ways to revise. Many that you might not have come across before (they… Read more

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Why exam failure never stopped me (and why it shouldn’t stop you!)

March 17, 2019

Why exam failure never stopped me (and why it shouldn’t stop you)…     My Grandma is in hospital right now. It’s the weekend – and as I type this, I’ve come down to Devon to visit her. I’m staying at her house and last night, I found a letter… Read more

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A little confession … yes I feel the same as you!

February 14, 2019

Confession time! How do I start this?! I’m getting twitchy and nervous just ‘saying’ it out loud!     This week marks 6 years since I qualified with my CIMA qualification, one of the proudest achievements of my life… so far! As you know I describe myself as the most… Read more

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How I successfully achieve my goals!

December 27, 2018

I pride myself on my planning and organisational skills, not because I’m arrogant or a show off, but because they work for me and the amazingly successful results I want out of my life. For example, a few years ago I set some yearly goals – to have £4,500 in… Read more

Accounting Coach

What’s the difference between a coach and a tutor?

December 9, 2018

Hi guys!   I have nearly 5000 Linkedin connections (If that’s not you – why not 😉 – just click here to connect). And I have been asked may times over the last few months to ‘What I do’ and ‘Can I teach the syllabus’ to you. I wanted to… Read more

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A-Z tips for your Career Success

July 24, 2018

A-Z tips for your Career Success For the past 26 days I have been creating and posting A-Z tips onto my Instagram Page (here) for you to read, learn and implement. The A–Z tips are short bite-sized career focused tips to show you what my careers coaching style is like,… Read more

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Why – The most important question of all!

July 18, 2018

Asking the most important question of all – ‘Why?!’   One of my coaching styles is to ask quite a few questions, especially at the start of a new client relationship. This really helps both of us to understand so much! One of my aims as a career coach is… Read more

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How to give the perfect handshake!

June 24, 2018

Hello! Here you will learn how to give the perfect handshake… keep reading! 🙂 Over on my social media I am shouting about the A to Z of nailing your career strategy. I have talked about A to G so far (you’ll have to go on my Facebook or Instagram… Read more

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Fun Facts about me! Helen Pretty – Your career coach

June 9, 2018

Hey guys!   So I have been set a little challenge (Thanks Maddie!) … and I love a fun little challenge.. so here is my blog for this week – Fun facts about me! Using Gifs! (because that’s cool right?!)   So, for those who don’t know me. I am… Read more

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How to get your CV Noticed

June 2, 2018

How to get your CV noticed (if a recruiter had 10 CV’s- why would they pick yours?)   Hello! How many times have you wondered how do you get your CV noticed? I use an analogy (which is often true) which makes my clients focus and have a real life… Read more

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Top 3 tips for an amazing Personal Statement

May 31, 2018

Hello! I’m Helen Pretty – your Career Coach and Mentor – Bringing you your next blog – ‘Top 3 tips for an amazing personal statement’.   Thank you for taking a step forward to your job search. Your personal statement is that section of your application (normally found on your… Read more

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Expectations of a Career Coach

May 28, 2018

Hello! I’m Helen Pretty – your Career Coach and Mentor. Firstly thank you for taking the first step to changing your job, stepping up in your career and being proactive in your job search! In this blog I talk about the expectations of a career coach.   The Oxford dictionary’s… Read more

Motivation for new job search

How to find the motivation to search for a new job

May 10, 2018

I bet you want to know how to find the motivation to search for a new job? Thank you for taking an interest in your career! I want to share with you some ways to build your toolkit. This blog is about how to find the motivation to search for… Read more

Career Journey

My Career Journey so far … getting to know me!

March 24, 2018

Hey, Here is my career journey… so far! If you commit to a mentoring package with me, then I ask you to discuss your career journey and how you got to where you are today! I thought it would be a great idea if I shared the same discussion with… Read more

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What are your top 5?

March 24, 2018

What are your top 5? Hey there Helen- what do you mean?! My top 5 favourite foods…NOPE! My top 5 favourite excuses to call in sick for work?… NOPE!   Your top 5 Personality Traits- What makes you- YOU- Unique, brilliant and ultimately right for this Job!?   This is… Read more

Setting SMART Goals and objectives

Setting SMART Goals & Objectives

March 24, 2018

Setting SMART goals and Objectives!   So you want to have a new job? And you know what area you want to work in. But you have no idea how to do it and get there? You’re reading this blog for a reason – firstly thank you! Secondly – I… Read more