ChadSan in the Spotlight - Rob Kingston

1. Why did you want to become an accountant?

I’d always wanted to enter a profession after leaving university. I didn’t want my development to end with my undergraduate degree and I relished the prospect of working hard and attaining membership to a professional body like the ICAEW. I decided on accountancy rather than one of the other chartered professions because I’ve always been numerate-minded, and I liked the way accountancy seemed to have such wide-ranging applications. Chartered accountants can find themselves working with clients from virtually any industry, both public and private sector, and that particularly appealed to me.

2. How has your history degree helped you in your current career?

That’s an interesting one! On the face of it there doesn’t appear to be much crossover between the two disciplines, but both require a keen eye for detail, which I certainly developed over the course of my degree. I’d say my written communication also improved quite a lot while I was at university, and that certainly makes correspondence with clients easier. One thing my degree did NOT prepare me for was the daily early starts. Undergraduate historians are rarely needed before midday, so the 9-5 took some adjustment.

3. What is the most challenging part of being a Client Manager at ChadSan?

The biggest challenge has been the fact that I was a complete newcomer to accountancy when I started here. I have had to pick up quite a lot in a relatively short time, and often I have had to advise clients on things that I myself have only just learned! It’s been a very rewarding challenge so far, however, and the team here are incredibly helpful. I feel as though I am improving exponentially.

4. Do you have any hobbies?

Nothing particularly interesting or unconventional! Music has always been a huge part of my life. I love playing the piano and bass guitar, and go to see live music whenever I can. I also enjoy watching sport. I am a semi-regular at Fulham FC (spectator rather than player, unfortunately) and I also like to go to cricket games. I still read the occasional history book, as well.

5. If you weren’t an accountant, what would you be?

Annoying my parents.