"A Jolley good time" by Becca Jolley, Tax Associate

"A Jolley good time" by Becca Jolley

Tax Associate

“Success is a big part of motivation. Having something to aspire to has always motivated me. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve in my life so far. As a school leaver, you could be at a disadvantage when it comes to the interview process, since you’re competing with grads who may have been through a similar process before. It was exciting when I was selected to be the only school leaver in the corporate tax team. It made me feel like all my hard work paid off. We work in an industry that is still very male dominated, so it’s important for me to work for an employer that values diversity and inclusion. Being a woman in this industry, I’d like to be able to influence other women to follow in my footsteps and take a leap of faith!”

Chapter 1: Hard work pays off

My name is Becca Jolley, I’m 19-years-old and live in Oldham. I’m currently working toward my specialism in the corporate tax department in the Manchester office. I studied Law, Finance and Economics at A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College. I am a massive football fan, supporting the best team in the world (Manchester United), along with having an inner geek - I love Marvel and DC Comics.

I first heard of Grant Thornton through the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity group I joined while in college. I was offered a place in Grant Thornton’s Access Accountancy programme, where I was tested on my ability to adapt to new surroundings. The programme gave me a brief insight to the main service lines provided – tax, audit and advisory. At the end of my first experience with the firm, it was suggested that I apply for the school leavers programme for the following year. I chose to apply for tax because I enjoyed the work and I seemed to have a better understanding of what was going on.

The interview process was intimidating for me. Mainly because I felt the graduates who were going for the same job were more comfortable in this type of environment. It was exciting when I was selected to be the only school leaver in the corporate tax team. It made me feel like all my hard work paid off.

'Success is a big part of motivation. Having something to aspire to has always motivated me. For example, the thought of having a successful career after my apprenticeship motivates me to do well in my job and the exams.'

Chapter 2: Perseverance

Success is a big part of motivation. Having something to aspire to has always motivated me. For example, the thought of having a successful career after my apprenticeship motivates me to do well in my job and the exams. I want to make the people who’ve supported me proud of what I have been able to do with my life. My current ambition is to pass the exams I’m working towards to gain my ATT qualification, then complete the CTA qualification. This will allow me to contribute to the continuing growth of our firm.

The most important people in my life have always been my friends and family. They have all been so supportive throughout the decisions I’ve made, like the decision to start working instead of accepting my place at university. They have always been able to show me the positives in the negatives and make me believe in myself more. Since starting work, I think my colleagues now play a significant part in my life. Working with people from different age groups, with different experiences, has helped me grow as a person.

One of my proudest moments was when I completed the ‘Olympathon’ my college hosted every year. The Olympathon was a fundraising event where you did 26.2 hours of continuous sport. You can’t leave the building until the time is over and you have completed the challenge. After the 18th hour my body and mind started to become tired. The hardest part was keeping your mind stable to complete each task. Knowing that we were raising money for the ‘We Love Manchester’ campaign helped me complete the challenge. To be able to contribute towards victims of the Manchester bombing felt amazing!

Chapter 3: Legacy

I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve in my life so far. Getting the job at this firm was a big moment in my life. As a school leaver, you could be at a disadvantage when it comes to the interview process since you’re competing with grads who may have been through a similar process before.

Working for an inclusive employer has allowed me to gain invaluable experience from people that I may never have met. We work in an industry that is still very male dominated, so it’s important for me to work for an employer that values diversity and inclusion. It gives way to allow more women to step forward into these types of roles and be involved in jobs that they enjoy. Being a woman in this industry, I’d like to be able to influence other women to follow in my footsteps and take a leap of faith! Next year, I am going to be a ‘buddy’ for a new school leaver joining my team, so hopefully this is a step in the right direction to creating the legacy I wish to leave behind.

Becca's story is part of our 'Stories of our diverse workforce' where we've asked our people to open up and share their own personal story. To read more stories, follow the link below