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Author: Adrian O'Connor

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Accounting and finance is changing. The days of stereotypical accountants - grey men, in grey suits doing grey things - are long gone. Finance and accounting teams are now staffed and led by a diverse range of professionals who have phenomenal business skills and have taken varied - inspiring - journeys to get to where they are. In this podcast, we speak to these leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.We want to inspire the next generation of leaders within the finance world to take control of their career trajectory and to do that we’ll be asking influential leaders to open up about their career journeys once they used their finance and accounting backgrounds as a launchpad. In a series of open and inspiring conversations, we’ll discover what it takes to use a finance background to get to the top, whether that staying in finance or moving into something completely different. We discuss the importance of career milestones, plotting a viable career path, overcoming mistakes, and the influential people who helped and supported today’s finance leaders. This podcast is a platform for sharing the stories behind career progression that starts in one place - a finance qualification - but can take you anywhere.
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Are you a qualified accountant and ever questioned whether it’s the job you really want?In this episode of The Variants Analysts, trainee chartered accountant turned hospitality CEO Gavin Adair joins our host Adrian O’Connor to discuss his somewhat unconventional career path.Gavin, by his own admission, is an accountant that should never have been an accountant. After receiving A-Level results that meant he couldn’t study law at any of his preferred universities, Gavin chose the accountancy route as a way in. From there, Gavin continued to build his career in the world of finance by becoming a trainee accountant at Grant Thornton, where he would go on to succeed at every venture and end up travelling and working overseas.Still, Gavin knew that finance wasn’t what he really wanted to do. After taking risks and substantial pay cuts, Gavin arrived in the hospitality industry where he was able to reach the point he is at today - CEO of a 30 restaurant group and very successful delivery business, Rosa’s Thai Cafe.To listen to Gavin’s unmissable advice about taking the step from finance to an alternative industry, click here for the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian or Gavin on LinkedIn.
Welcome to another episode of our podcast, The Variants Analysis, hosted by Global Accounting Network’s founding partner, Adrian O’Connor.Listen and be inspired as we hear from business leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.In this episode, Adrian is joined by Edward Jamieson, Finance Director UK at JUST EAT, who we’re all probably quite familiar with for a well-deserved Friday night off cooking.Edward talks about his extensive experience in the world of finance, and how a career doesn’t need to be limited to the big four to be successful and fulfilling. He discusses the steps taken and the skills he developed along the way that helped propel him to where he is now and his professional success.To hear Edward Jamieson’s invaluable insights,  listen to the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian O'Connor on LinkedIn.
Episode 2 of The Variants Analysis is out now. This is the podcast where we discuss the rapidly changing world of accounting and finance with innovative leaders in the industry. In this episode, our host Adrian O’ Connor, founding partner of the Global Accounting Network, speaks to Chris Spooner, Senior Vice President of Finance at Rubicon. Chris has had an impressive career in the finance industry, which lead to him working as a finance leader at Rubicon. Rubicon is a software platform that provides smart waste and recycling solutions for businesses and governments globally. The company was recently named in the Top 10 Most Innovative Company 2021 list by Fast Company. In this episode, Adrian and Chris discuss the finance industry, Rubicon’s success, Chris’s role in the business, and the advice he’d give to younger graduates who want to follow in his footsteps. Listen to the full episode to find out more! You can also connect with Adrian or Chris via LinkedIn.
Welcome to the first episode of our brand new podcast, The Variants Analysis, hosted by Global Accounting Network’s founder, Adrian O’Connor. Listen and be inspired as we talk to business leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.In this episode, Adrian is joined by Del Huse, founder of Roycian Ltd, who provide professional services for private company investment transactions. Del talks about his extensive experience in the world of finance and how his career progressed from trainee auditor to founder of his own company within a 25 year period. He discusses the steps taken and the skills he developed along the way that helped propel him to professional success. To hear Del’s invaluable insights listen to the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian or Del via LinkedIn. 
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