16 February 2016
“Winning FirstPro Young Professional has brought new and exciting opportunities my way,” said Carl Malcolm, then of Dafferns Chartered Accountants and now of Legal & General. “It gave me added credibility and boosted my CV.
“If you’re thinking of entering, do it! You’ve got nothing to lose!”
He continued: “I enjoy making a difference and have always worked hard in my work. The moment my name was read out as the winner felt brilliant, real recognition for my hard work.
“The Young Professionals are a strong team. We support and encourage each other and they were especially pleased to see a member of the Committee pick up the award.”
According to Carl building a successful accountancy career relies on all-round ability. Adaptability to the business you’re working with, knowledge of the rules and regulations and, he believes, an inquisitive nature are important attributes. The ability to build strong productive relationships is also important.
Carl has all these qualities but it was his commitment to giving something back to the community that really stood out. “We’ve all been affected by something in one way or another and local causes provide vital support to those in time of need,” he said. “I believe we have a responsibility to contribute.”
While Chair of Young Professionals Carl set up the Mentoring Programme and facilitated the group’s engagement with Myton Hospice. They raised over £1,000 during his term. Since joining Legal & General Carl has been fundraising for Wooden Spoons through the national Rugby World Cup 2015 initiative.