Barden Uncovered: An Interview With Claire Molloy…Her Career Path from Big Four to Amdocs.
Leaving the Big Four can take many different and diverse paths. Barden caught up with Claire Molloy, Finance Team Lead at Amdocs, to chat through the key steps which helped her progress in her career.
Big 4 Firm
Claire began her accounting career in a Big4 firm, where she completed her ACA exams and developed key client relationship skills.
“While completing a training contract can be tough, and definitely a lot of hard work, it really gave me a good introduction to the world of accounting and helped me develop my professionalism and attention to detail. Looking back, it was a great 3.5 years of training, and helped my career more than I realised at the time!”.
Like many other newly qualified accountants, Claire decided to head abroad after her training contract, and settled in the sunny city of Sydney. She joined the finance function of a large petroleum company as a Corporate Reporting Accountant and worked her way up to the Corporate Accounting Manager level.
“Joining the Corporate division as an Accountant was a great way to learn the workings of the entire business. The step up to manager came quite naturally, as I had a solid understanding of the underlying processes, and how the team and business functioned”.
Learning the Business
If you have an interest in growing your career in a particular business or industry use your first post-practice move strategically as a way to get your foot in the door. It can often be easier to move up the career ladder once you have learned the business from the ground up.
After 3 years in the petroleum industry, Claire felt it was important to broaden her experience and challenge herself in a different environment, so she moved into a company in the media and entertainment industry as a Group Finance Manager. Two years after valuable experience in the role Ireland called, so Claire made the move back home to the Emerald Isle.
“My time in Sydney gave me some fantastic international experience and I knew this would stand to me when I returned home”.
Once back in Dublin Claire was eager to develop her skillset once again and took on a contract role as a Group Financial Planning & Analysis (FP & A) Manager.
“While I had gotten some great accounting and management experience in Australia, I was keen to develop my FP&A skills, which I knew would strengthen my breadth of experience, and open up more doors for me with my next career move”.
People often shy away from taking contract roles, but it can be a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in an area which you have less experience in, or in Barden Career Model terms “move your centre!”.
So what made Claire decide on Amdocs as the business to grow her career long-term?
“I wanted a broad role in a global company where I would be exposed to a multitude of opportunities to learn and develop; Amdocs offered that and more. Also the fact it is a fast paced, growing and influential business really appealed.”
Like Claire, it’s important to recognise and understand what your key driving factors are for your next career move – do you want to be part of a growing, changing business? Are you keen to manage a large team? Is there a particular industry you want to develop your expertise in?
Aside from the motivating career factors, there’s also the additional, and equally as important, “softer” factors to consider.
“I was drawn to Amdocs as there is a “door always open” ethos; everyone is approachable, down-to-earth, and there’s a great team atmosphere”.
Rounding It Up
You’ll spend over 90,000 hours in work during your lifetime (yes, that many!). That’s more time with work colleagues than with your family and friends.
Choosing where you work, what you do and how you’ll get there are fundamental not only to your career success but also to your happiness.
As we can see through Claire’s example some well-considered career moves, clever decisions and considered choices lay out the steps necessary to help you achieve your career ambitions.
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