Our Accountancy and Finance Specialist Emma Shahnavaz tells us about her dream job as a child and her hidden language talents…
What was your dream job as a child?
I wanted to be a vet when I was younger, I think I eventually came to the realisation that I would have to deal with blood and my dreams were shattered…
What has your career journey been like so far?
It has always been centred around Finance in different elements; from working as a debt collector whilst doing my dissertation at uni to specialising in Accountancy & Finance within recruitment now – it certainly wasn’t the career I thought I would have but it has been so rewarding and I can honestly say it’s the right path for me. I think being a specialist in one area can really help define your career and help to build your reputation. I find it really rewarding placing candidates into roles where not only are they helping the business grow, but seeing them flourish within their careers and then partnering with them as clients many years later.
Have you always wanted to be in recruitment?
I graduated university with a BA (Hons) in Social Work and thought that I would follow this line of work, however, after being on several placements I realised quickly that it wasn’t the career for me. Like a lot of recruiters, I fell into the industry – it’s been almost 6 years and I haven’t looked back since. I specifically enjoy working within the Accountancy & Finance sector as I enjoy the structure of the industry, I have built my knowledge from Transactional finance up to mid-senior appointments and it is very rewarding knowing that I am placing excellent candidates into roles where I know they will help the business grow.
What advice would you give a candidate who is looking to start a career within Accountancy?
This is not an easy industry, but it is a very rewarding one that can see you through great earning potential and solid career growth. Many candidates choose to start their careers within Practice, gaining the support of studying for their professional qualifications and learning the fundamentals, then look to find their “niche” – whether that’s remaining within Practice or entering Industry (where quite often you will get more variation and higher earnings potential).
What has been your biggest success (can be person or work-related)?
I think buying my first property at 23 would count as my biggest success (even though I lived off Koka noodles for about 6 months after!).
How are you finding working at Allstaff?
I can honestly say that it is genuinely the best company I have worked for. I think it’s quite rare to find the right balance of enjoying what you do and also working with a really genuine and supportive group of people who all have a collective goal of just wanting to do right by candidate and client. I feel truly valued, and know that I am supported. I’m 8 months in and have zero regrets.
Any interesting facts/ talents you can share?
At one point I was very fluent in French… though now I have to ask people to speak slower… a lot slower…
Interstellar (although it took me 2 times watching it to understand it…)
Paolo Nutini – Candy
Favourite place you have travelled to UK or abroad?
Lisbon, Portugal. I went with my family a few years ago and we did tours to Belem, Sintra and Cascais – so beautiful, and the people there are so welcoming.
What words would you use to describe yourself
Kind, happy, loyal, hardworking and “not a morning person”.