Q&A with Nick McCarthy

We caught up with Accounting and Finance Consultant Nick McCarthy to talk about his background, the latest updates from the newly qualified accountants market and his advice on how to start your day right!

How did you get into recruitment?

After college, I worked in a technology company in a consultancy position and through mutual connections I was put in contact with Andrew and James. I had a call with them and after a few interviews I found myself joining the A&F team.

What do you do at MA?

I work on the A&F team specialising in the newly qualified market and with candidates with up to 5 years PQE. My colleague Steve and I work on this desk together and focus on individual industries.

What did you want to do as a kid growing up?

I loved Sport and always wanted to play for Ireland!

Where were you 10 years ago?

10 years ago I was in 4th year in school, I think I was away volunteering in Lesotho in Africa around this time.

What attracted you to MA?

I really liked that MA isn’t a big machine recruitment agency and they don’t treat employees as robots! I love that there isn’t a detailed script in here – you could never call it boring! Before I started, I had spoken to a few people who worked there and they made it sound like a great place to work, and luckily for me they were right!

What does a typical day at work / or work week look like for you?

We have a flexible start time so I like to get in early to update my notes & systems before the day kicks off. Following that, I plan out my day, in terms of meetings and calls. No two days are the same in here but you are never tied to your desk and can have the freedom to structure your days.

What’s the best way to start the day?

More an early rise and catching up by reading the newspaper/journal!

Any tips for people looking for a new job?

Meet who you can, be curious and ask lots of questions! Don’t judge a company or a role by a job spec, they can only show so much on paper!

What is your market like at the moment?

My market is strong, I work in industries such as Financial Services (Banking, Insurance, Investments), Legal, Property, Technology & Aircraft Leasing. For newly Qualified accountants, there are opportunities out there but with that comes more competition, so my advice is to get in touch and get some assistance/additional insights that will set you apart.

Favourite thing about working at MA?

There’s a lot to like but the freedom and trust given is amazing and it ensures that I’m never tied to my desk. The craic within the office is also mighty!

Would you recommend MA to friends?

I would. It’s a place where one size doesn’t fit all. If people have new ideas and want to succeed, this place gives a unique opportunity to do that in a way that works for them. There are great people in here who are always keen to help.

Can you recommend any habits that have helped your professional life?

Training and upskilling will always stand to you and will give you more energy and confidence.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

If you are going to do something then do it 100%, if you don’t it’s not worth doing.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Sky Dive!

Do you have a favourite failure, that set you up for later success?

I interviewed for another recruitment agency before MA, and that couldn’t have gone worse.

If you are a newly qualified accountant thinking about your next move, contact Nick today!