Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: If I Had to Start Again

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A romantic part of me thinks it would be bloody good to have had a role building a bridge or a ship, where you could look at what you did and say 'I made that'.

I've always been attracted to the manufacturing industries, whereas what we do with accountancy is less tangible. I sometimes describe myself as a frustrated widget manufacturer.

My big regret is that, although I've travelled a lot, I've never lived abroad. Nowadays, the young guys in these firms tend to go on secondments and experience new countries. They never asked me, so I never went. I don't feel bitter about it, but I look very enviously at the mobility young people have now.

It would be nice to start in this industry again. The competition is tough, but the opportunities for those with determination and ambition are enormous. Like any industry, it has changed a lot. You still need great business expertise and judgment, but the big difference these days is your people skills. …

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