Cowgill Holloway has recently welcomed its newest Junior Accountant, Lauren Luke – yet when Lauren joined the business as a receptionist at its Bolton office she never expected to embark on a career in accountancy!
Lauren joined the North West accountancy firm earlier this year following a five-year stint as a waitress while studying at Bolton Community College. However, having been inspired by the team at Cowgill Holloway, she was encouraged to find out more and, after liking what she heard, expressed an interest in joining the accountancy profession.
Having been encouraged by the firm’s management team, Lauren has since begun her accountancy training and taken on her new role as Junior Accountant.
Stuart Stead, Partner and Head of Audit and Advisory at Cowgill Holloway, said: “We’re all extremely supportive of Lauren and her future career in accountancy – it’s always fantastic to see young people aspire to a career in the profession, particularly those like Lauren who didn’t originally consider accountancy as an option or a viable career path.
“Lauren’s route into the industry is illustrative of the changes taking place within the profession and we’re proud that Cowgill Holloway is leading the way. Typical routes into the profession are changing – gone are the days when entry demanded a degree. Individuals’ suitability is assessed much more heavily on personal attributes and other skills and experience, not higher education alone. While academic qualifications are certainly still valuable, the profession has begun to take a much broader view.”
Lauren added: “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to become an accountant considering I didn’t go to University, but the firm has supported me and given me the courage and opportunity to pursue my career ambitions. I’ve settled in nicely in the accounts team and my studies are going well, with one exam already passed. I’m really excited to see what the future brings at Cowgill Holloway.”
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