Back to school


 Jan McDermott & Amy Wall yesterday represented ICAEW at a careers convention at West Kirby Grammar School.


Managing Director of Jan McDermott & Co Chartered Accountants, and alumna of West Kirby Grammar School, Jan returned to her former school to offer careers advice for girls (and some boys) studying for their GCSEs and A-Levels.  

ICAEW, is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 144,000 chartered accountants worldwide. They provide qualifications and professional development, share knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession. The organisation representing chartered accountants uses members to help spread the word of the career opportunities studying to be an ICAEW chartered accountant can open up, and the team at Jan McDermott & Co are always happy to help.

Recently qualified Amy Wall joined her colleague Jan and said of the evening event ‘I remember at school a number of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do while I felt unsure of the opportunities. It wasn’t until I had started working that I realized that I wanted to be an accountant. It’s such a varied career and I love being involved with a number of different businesses and helping them to grow and reach their potential. Hopefully the pupils last night caught some of my enthusiasm and will now consider the career path to becoming an ICAEW chartered accountant’. 



Jan, who also started working before studying for her qualifications added ‘It was great to be back at school. When I was at there I would love to have heard from all the different employers that were on hand yesterday. I think it’s a great opportunity for the students to hear about the potential employment opportunities open to them. Sometimes the world of work seems quite unknown until you’re actually in it so to have a taster of the opportunities available will hopefully help them to make their subject and ultimately career choices more easily.’