Sometimes it can be tough being an accountant and it can be even tougher being an accountant in the civil service.
‘I can remember a number of occasions when I’ve told people what I do for a living and you could see their eyes start to glaze over,’ laughs Kim Clegg, a senior finance professional at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
‘The perception is that accountants are rather grey individuals anyway but when you’re an accountant and a civil servant, that’s about as grey as you can get.’
However Kim is living proof that being a management accountant in the DWP is anything but dull. Since becoming a CIMA member 14 years ago, her career has flourished.
‘The broad business focus of my qualification has given me great opportunities to work on all sorts of different projects and to influence and develop the
strategic directions of the organisations I’ve worked in,’ she says.
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